I have an old knock off srat that i'm planning on putting higher guage strings on and tuning them to c standard. Seeing as the guitar is used to standard tuning, would this effect the tension on the neck?
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if it does, just adjust the truss rod. and if that doesn't work, ask a guy at a guitar shop to look at it and recommend a gauge.
yeah i probably would. The neck will probably be bending away from the strings. All you have to do is get the truss rod adjusted. But if your not sure how to do it, bring it to a specialist you dont want to wind it to far and have your fret board pop off the neck.