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    Fender Bridge

    i changed the string gauge on my strat for the first time. i went from the slinky stock strings to 46-10, now the bridge is so far leaning forward that the whammy is basicly useless, i dont know if it has anything to do with the spring tension in the back or what, any ideas are welcome, thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by VanZeppelin667
    i changed the string gauge on my strat for the first time. i went from the slinky stock strings to 46-10, now the bridge is so far leaning forward that the whammy is basicly useless, i dont know if it has anything to do with the spring tension in the back or what, any ideas are welcome, thanks

    loosen the strings...tighten the string tension in the back, retune and you'll be fine
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    Yes, it's the spring tension. There should be at least 3 springs in good condition in the back of a strat.
    Loosen up the strings a bit and tighten the tremclaw screws under the body about 2-3 full turns to start with.
    Don't tighten the screws with the strings at full tension.
    Then tune back to pitch and see if the bridge moves.
    If you like your bridge to float a bit then it's a bit trickier, but if you like it resting on the body you should be okay.
    When it's tuned to pitch just hit the strings open and push back on the bridge with the side of your hand. You shouldn't notice any difference in pitch if it's tensioned properly.
    If the bridge lifts with the tremclaw tightened at about 3 full turns more than you had when you had 9's on there, and the trem claw is close to the wood where the screws go in then back off the screws abit and add a 4th spring.
    It's easier on the body and the bridge with 4 springs, and you don't have to set the tension as hard.

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    thanks guys, that did it.

 

 

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