#1
hello

I changed the strings on my fender strat for the first time ever today. I went up 1 guage from .10s to .09s (factory strings) to try and get a better tone, and I play acoustic guitar also anyway so a little thicker does not bother me.

anyway so I changed the strings and now the extra tension on the neck is pulling the bridge to basically maximum...and it's rasing my action a significant ammount (well im pretty sure it is).

I tried screwing the 2 screws above the 3 springs but it's hard going (I don't really have the right tools for the job...the screwdriver I used is from a christmas cracker but it fit the screw but its not long enough it's hard to get a full turn, im going to go to the hardware store for a propper screwdriver tommorow anyway).

I detuned the strings a full step to compensate for the extra tension im adding by screwing in the screws, the bridge moves forward. but the problem is when I tune up again to standard (EADGBe) the bridge just comes forward again like iv'e not even bothered to screw in the screws...

so im wondering how can I fix this? should I have screwed the screws in before I put the strings on, because now screwing them in is hard becasue of all the tension...please help
#2
sounds like you need an extra spring.
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#3
right now iv'e jammed a little bit of wood in between the end of the trem system on the other side of the guitar... forcing it to be stuck on the ammount I want it raised. I never have and probably wont for a long time use the tremolo anyway so should be ok...

tuned up, had no problems and played it for about 30 mins...might just leave it like this
#4
If the action is really high you could learn slide guitar
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#5
I think I can put the plans to learn slide on hold for now.

I went and bought the right tool for the job, screwing the screws in was very easy. the bridge now sits almost flat against the body, how I like it.