#1
i recently purchased a pack of Ernie Ball skinny top heavy bottom heavy gauge guitar strings(10-52). i finished putting them in and started to play. I noticed my guitar sounded terrible, and i was expecting that from new strings to go out of tune easier, so i keep tuning up, and then i look at my bridge and the whole thing is being pulled out of where it sits, with the springs keeping it in. So i take all strings and come here for help. What happened? My fault? too big of strings? I have a Ibanez RG 120 and the last strings i used were d'addario nickel wound heavys, and i was tuned to standard when i noticed the bridge
#2
if you changed the gauge, the intonation got messed up.
what youll have to do is strech out the strings so they can keep a tune, tune it to standard,
and follow this website on how to set up the intonation.
http://www.projectguitar.com/tut/intonate.htm
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#3
ive only been playing for about a year i really dont know what intonaton is, all i know is that it appeared the strings were pulling the bridge out of where it sit
#4
i think its the tremolo if your guitar has one. you will need to adjust it if you changed gauge of strings. however, i don't know what type of trem the guitar has or if it even has one - so thats the most i can help with. i only really know how to set up a stratocaster trem - it could be similar, but it also might not be
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#5
and how much woulld it cost tohave guitar center fix up that intonation for me?
#6
whats the tremolo, like i know what a whammy bar is but ive never really know what a tremolo is
#7
Just smack in another spring under the tremolo.. happened to me 2 when i changed gauge from .09 to .10s
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#8
These people are wrong

Its that your tremolo is not set up for the heavier strings. Simply take off the back plate and screw in the bar that holds the SPRINGS to the guitar body. It will take you a while, keep adjusting, and then tuning up.

Then you can look at guides for intonation.
#9
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whats the tremolo, like i know what a whammy bar is but ive never really know what a tremolo is

well, its the bit that the whammy bar is attached to - i guess your guitar has a tremolo bridge (basically the bridge is the tremolo mechanism), seeing as you were saying the whole bridge lifted - but i think you should take it to a shop if you're not sure what you're doing with it.
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#10
The tremolo is the thing that the strings go into at the 'bottom' end of the guitar. What you need to do is adjust the springs in the back so they pull more, but if you don't know what you're doing, it's best to have someone else do it first, and either ask to watch them or try again when you have more knowledge and experience.
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#11
thanks guys i think i would just have to screw in those screws under the plate that the springs connect to. i guess i shoulda went here before takin all the strings off, but i was worried i was destrying my only guitar
#12
Do not worry, maybe you can get the strings back on I've done it before, even after cutting them down.
#13
nah ill just buy new ones, the ernie ball's were only like 3 bucks, ill just go with the previous d'addarios again