#1
hi guys,

yesterday i restrung my brothers strat but i dont think i did it well,

the floating bridge is way to high and i am quite sure the i didnt leave enough extra string so there is to much tension or something. i didnt overwind it, in fact, i didnt wind it enough cause there wasnt enough string left.

do i need to buy a new set of strings or is there a way i can fix it? (by the way my idiot brother decided to cut the strings even though i told him not to cause i didnt do it well.

here is a pic just in case you need one:
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#2
What gauge are the strings?

Usually it happens because you've used heavier strings than normal.

All you have to do is loosen the strings, take off the big panel on the back, and tighten the screws on the bridge. This should help lower it.
#4
I haven't seen such a thing in my life! It goes beyond my experience, although I've been playing for about 30 years now. The only solution is to take the guitar to a music shop and get it fixed. Don't think you'll waste 50 bucks. Think you might waste a lot more if you ruin the bridge or break the neck because of too much tension.
#5
you just need to tighten the springs in the back of the guitar. even though that's not a floyd rose guitar, look up the floyd rose setup guide. It'll show you how to get your guitar setup properly
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Jackson DKMGT
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#6
Since the guitar was restrung and, previously, the bridge stood firmly in the right position (that's what the guy told in his post), it's clear it's not a hardware issue, but a strings setup issue. Maybe strings are too thick, maybe they were badly fixed into the block etc. etc. We can't judge until we see, so it's better to take the guitar to a specialist, instead of doing more damage by experiencing all sorts of interventions.
#7
^ A simple claw adjustment won't be causing more damage unless the guy doing it manages to completely not understand how a screwdriver works.

It's fairly simple here. There is more tension on the strings than there were with the last set of strings, so it needs to be matched by the tension of the bridge springs.

Really, any guitarist ought to be able to set up their own guitars, and this is a fairly simple setup issue.
#8
Quote by Confuse-a-Cat
^ A simple claw adjustment won't be causing more damage unless the guy doing it manages to completely not understand how a screwdriver works.

It's fairly simple here. There is more tension on the strings than there were with the last set of strings, so it needs to be matched by the tension of the bridge springs.

Really, any guitarist ought to be able to set up their own guitars, and this is a fairly simple setup issue.


This.

All you need to do is increase spring tension. Basic stuff.
Guitars:
LTD Alexi-600 White & Black
LTD Alexi-200 Black(Death Adder pickup & Gold OFR)
Agile Interceptor Pro 727 7-string
Jackson JS30RR rhoads
Jackson DKMGT
Squire telecaster

amps:
Bugera 6262 212 loaded with WGS veteran 30's
#9
Quote by rv_phoenix
I haven't seen such a thing in my life! It goes beyond my experience, although I've been playing for about 30 years now.


Playing what? This type of things is common knowledge for a guitarist with a strat or a floyd.
#10
thanks guys, the string are heavier (0.10-0.46 and they used to be .9s) so i will try to do what you guys said. its just my first time stringing a strat cause its not mine and i have a les paul. thanks a lot
#11
Quote by itamar100
thanks guys, the string are heavier (0.10-0.46 and they used to be .9s) so i will try to do what you guys said. its just my first time stringing a strat cause its not mine and i have a les paul. thanks a lot


Yeah, that's your 'problem' right there. Thicker strings need more tension to reach the same pitch, but the spring tension in the back of the guitar hasn't been changed. You just need to screw the trem claws in a bit further until the trem sits how you want it to.

I'd recommend you slacken off the tuning slightly before you start, because lowering the bridge will make the strings tighten and go sharp. Then it's just a case of adjust, tune, adjust, tune until the trem sits where you want it while the guitar is nicely in tune.
#12
Quote by Confuse-a-Cat
Yeah, that's your 'problem' right there. Thicker strings need more tension to reach the same pitch, but the spring tension in the back of the guitar hasn't been changed. You just need to screw the trem claws in a bit further until the trem sits how you want it to.

I'd recommend you slacken off the tuning slightly before you start, because lowering the bridge will make the strings tighten and go sharp. Then it's just a case of adjust, tune, adjust, tune until the trem sits where you want it while the guitar is nicely in tune.



This, although i cheat.

I make the strings loose (so the bridge is suck into the body, or resting on it), then block the bridge right where i want it to be(like if i were to play it), then tighten the springs at that point.

Then i tune all the strings to pitch, and slowly back the screws off until the thing i used to block the bridge falls out or slides out easily. This gets me close to intune, then i use the fine adjusters after that.
Guitars:
LTD Alexi-600 White & Black
LTD Alexi-200 Black(Death Adder pickup & Gold OFR)
Agile Interceptor Pro 727 7-string
Jackson JS30RR rhoads
Jackson DKMGT
Squire telecaster

amps:
Bugera 6262 212 loaded with WGS veteran 30's
#13
Quote by itamar100
thanks guys, the string are heavier (0.10-0.46 and they used to be .9s) so i will try to do what you guys said. its just my first time stringing a strat cause its not mine and i have a les paul. thanks a lot


However, it never happened to me. It never happened to my friends. Nor to the Fender Strat I've had 20 years ago, neither to the Yamaha or Vintage V 6 icon I'm using today. Truth is I never put 13' strings on them and I've only used premium strings.
#14
Quote by rv_phoenix
However, it never happened to me. It never happened to my friends. Nor to the Fender Strat I've had 20 years ago, neither to the Yamaha or Vintage V 6 icon I'm using today. Truth is I never put 13' strings on them and I've only used premium strings.


sorry, but im quite convinced by the others, who outnumber you... but if it messes up my guitar i allow you to say i told you so. what they say makes sense to me but i cant see the reason behind what youre saying. did you ever change your string gauge (to a heavier one)?
#15
he doesn't know what he's talking about. this is common
Guitars:
LTD Alexi-600 White & Black
LTD Alexi-200 Black(Death Adder pickup & Gold OFR)
Agile Interceptor Pro 727 7-string
Jackson JS30RR rhoads
Jackson DKMGT
Squire telecaster

amps:
Bugera 6262 212 loaded with WGS veteran 30's
#16
Quote by rv_phoenix
However, it never happened to me. It never happened to my friends. Nor to the Fender Strat I've had 20 years ago, neither to the Yamaha or Vintage V 6 icon I'm using today. Truth is I never put 13' strings on them and I've only used premium strings.


well it happened to me with my strat when i went from 9's to 10's.

very common event if you have your bridge floating. the fix is as said above, plus if the change in gauge is big, truss rod adjustment may be necessary. worth checking intonation as well.
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#17
like said, it's common when going heavier.

i've got a setup thread at the top of the page,
you can get to by clicking the green link in my sig.

if you check out the first post, it talks about it,
shows pictures and everything.

if you ever have any other set up questions,
feel free to post in there as well.

sometimes if adding another spring is hard,
you'll want to pull up in the trem to compress the springs in
the trem cavity already,
and use pliers to get the extra spring in there.
Jenneh

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