#1
*formerly captainsix.


I bought a Squier Vintage Modified HSS strat in spring 2011. It was strung with 9's, I think. The neck felt compact and comfortable on my hands, but I play on 10's. So I add them and things change.

- The neck widened and thickened (think baseball bat) and became razor straight. So I tried to adjust the truss rod, leftward, I believe. Impatient me did the quarter-turns every 30 minutes and until I heard a *POP* and stopped....

- But now the strings are very tense and hard to fret and bend. It's like I have to fight the guitar to play it, which is sad, because that wasn't the case before. I've tried adjusting string height and intonation (which helps).

- It still stays in tune (even after trem use), good sign, no? But I want my VM to feel like my black strat, which is very slinky, smooth and natural.


Any ideas?
#2
First of all go back to 9's. It will be slightly easier bending and fretting. If the problem persist take it to the shop. In 29 years of guitar playing I have only messed with a truss rod twice. Very small moves and it never did what I wanted it to. Both times it made things worse.
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