Bridge pulling up with 12's

Discussion in 'Stratocaster Discussion Forum' started by Neill Levine, Jun 19, 2012.

  1. Neill Levine

    Neill Levine Tele-Meister

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    I'm thinking of putting 12's on my strat. I am also over using the tremolo bar, but I don't want to do anything drastic about it (I'll probably use it again later)

    Should I just tighten the three tremolo strings in the back, so the bridge doesn't pull up with the strings? It was set up to float a little while ago, with 11's on it.

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    Yes, just screw them in. You may have to slightly raise the saddles, though, to get the action back where it was.
     
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    I'd go with all 5 springs with 12s.
     
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    ^ What Doorlord said.
     
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    Yeah, I think 3 springs might not be enough.
     
  6. Neill Levine

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    Ah got caught up, wedding gig to prepare and all that.
    Thanks for the advice on that everybody, I only have 3 springs on my MIM strat, so I will try to get some on ebay and give it a try.

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  7. Ron Garson

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    If the springs are on in parallel to each other, you could fit them in more of a V shape to give a little more pull, and then screw in the screws holding the "claw." Since it was alredy set up for 11s, it might not need to go much further!
     
  8. Neill Levine

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    Thanks for that Ron - I will give that a try before I pick up more springs (and observe the height of the saddles and the action)

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    I use all 5 springs with 10 gauge strings and a floating trem setup most of the time. If I'm not using the trem for awhile then I will screw the claw in to pull the springs tight. Usually minimal saddle height adjustments are required. Try it. Screws were meant to be turned.
     
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