#1
I just read in another thread about heavy strings pulling the trem up on a strat, or something like that. I love really low tunings, and I normally use pretty heavy strings (12's or so). I was planning on getting a Fender Stratocaster, but now I'm worried.

Is it okay to use strings that heavy on a strat?
#2
i dont see why not, just put all 5 springs in the back and tighten up the screws there. you'll be all set...

i mean look at SRV...he used 13's.
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It is, you just need to readjust your bridge for them.
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you can adjust the bridge like said. but make sure it's the guitar u want.
did u want a locking bridge?
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When I put 11's on my squier and had it tuned in like drop c it was fine but when I put it in standard I had to add another spring
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I'd get it set up for the string gauge you play in. Just wacking some more springs in the bridge could put alot of pressure on the neck.
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I got 13s on a Strat in E Standard. It works. It's got 5 springs tightened almost all the way up, which in fact theoretically means that it could take even heavier strings. I'm not gonna do that yet though, 'coz my fingers hate me enough already.

Since you downtune (how much, by the way?) you won't need to compensate quite as much for the weight of the strings.
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I'd get it set up for the string gauge you play in. Just wacking some more springs in the bridge could put alot of pressure on the neck.

You don't need more springs, you can just adjust the tension of the springs that are there.
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I don't know, real heavy strings on a Strat can pull and screw up the neck pretty badly. SRV used 13's, but his Strats were messed up from it. Just saying.
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You don't need more springs, you can just adjust the tension of the springs that are there.



well i wouldnt suggest a full load on 3 springs. that's a lot of tension.
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http://namm.harmony-central.com/WNAMM04/Content/Fender/PR/SRV-Tribute-back-lg.jpg

As you can see SRV used 5 springs and he tightened the claw pretty much all the way back. That's not his actual guitar, but I believe Fender knew how he set it up when they made that. And as you can see the trem isn't floating. Tightening the 6 screws on the top makes it stay in tune better. But heavy strings may be hard on the neck and the tuners.
#12
I own a strat myself, and I tried using Zakk Wylde Boomer's custom gauge on it. Let's just say the string action was raised hella lot. Some bridge adjustments, and new springs (they were rusted) and I was all set. IMHO though, I prefer Hybrid Slinky's do to the easyness of bending on the E and B strings. Good luck.