#1
Maybe a noob question? Just broke a string on my strat and didn't have any spares of my usual type (and the store where I get them was closed) so I threw on some 11 gauge strings I had lying around, figuring it'd be an experiment. It sounds normal, but the bridge is pulled way up by the tension from the strings, and I can't bend the notes down with the whammy bar because its already so tight. This seems abnormal to me.

My questions are: (1.) am I just not able to use the whammy with strings this thick? (2.) is this a bad/dangerous sign for my guitar in any way?
#2
you need to tighten the springs in your tremolo- under teh backplate.

you may still feel 11s are way too tight if you're used to e.g. 9s, though.
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#3
Can you take a picture of your bridge? I'm wondering about it being bent away. What kind of guitar/bridge is it? Maybe a spring is loose, or your tremolo may be cracked.
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My questions are: (1.) am I just not able to use the whammy with strings this thick? (2.) is this a bad/dangerous sign for my guitar in any way?


1. You can use your trem with any gauge strings, but not when it's not set up properly.

2. It is not hurting anything. You have heavier strings than its set up for. If you are just going to replace them with your regular gauge soon, then don't do anything. Try some drop tuned songs for a day or two.

If you keep the 11s on you will need to adjust the springs, possibly the neck, possibly the action, and definitely the intonation.


Just go buy your regular strings....