Strings too tight?
Posted 05 December 2006 - 10:35 PM
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Posted 06 December 2006 - 03:50 PM
Posted 06 December 2006 - 03:57 PM
Do you know the gauge of the strings?
Do the strings look to be higher from the fretboard than your friends guitar (called action)?
Electric - easier to set the height (action) of the strings. Usually a hex wrench.
Acoustic - usually need to file the saddle to lower strings.
Both - sometimes the neck can be adjusted in height or angle if it's bolt on. Get the strings too low and you get fret buzz.
Strings - Bigger gauge number equals more tension. Harder to press. Change in gauge may require a tweak of the truss rod.
Posted 06 December 2006 - 04:20 PM
Along these same lines, I have a fender strat, when i got the guitar with the factory strings, the bridge laid very low almost against the body of the guitar. When I changed strings and put some elixers on there, the bridge is raised up a lot. Are these strings just incompatible with the guitar? I tried adjusting the springs behind the plate on the back but this seemed to have no effect. waht is the point of those springs anyway?
The springs are there to balance the pull of the strings - they should hold the bridge a fraction off the body of the guitar - as your guitar was initially. That said some people set them flat.
Anyway if your strings are heavier than the originals they will pull more on the bridge plate and need a bigger pull from the springs to maintain position. If there is no more adjustment in the screws on the claw, you`ll need to get some more springs - how many are on the guitar now?
Take it to a shop if you`re not sure or have a look here:
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