Originally Posted by aehn
Bought a beautiful flame top telebration
Put on some 0,10's, and the string action became too high, what should I do, adjust the neck, or adjust the bridge?
My initial thought would be to adjust the neck, because by putting on thicker strings, it is the neck that needs to be adjusted, not the bridge.
On the other hand, it seems like, adjusting the bridge would be easier, but it will probably not be as satisfactory, cause the neck would still be kinda concave, right?
I think changing the string guage (9-42s to 10-46s) makes a small enough change, you can play it as is or just adjust the saddles slightly and see what that does.
If the relief needs changing and a flatter board seems necessary after the string change, that just means the board had a bit too much relief even before the strings got changed.
You are far less likely to mess up the guitar, changing the saddles' height, than you can playing with the relief. Donelson is right in that if you fool with the truss rod, you need to have studied how it works and actually appreciate what is going on. But I would wager that I change saddle heights FIFTY times for every once I adjust the neck relief.
I want you to check the fit of the nut slots. If the strings are now binding in the slots, THEN go to a guitar tech and fix that issue. (let him change the relief while he's got the guitar). If not, just play it as is or lower the saddles a tiny bit. You'll have plenty of opportunities to take your guitar in and drop a lot of money, you needn't be overly in a hurry to make that trip.