[Advice needed] Issue with my Strat bridge & distortion on Low E string

Discussion in 'Stratocaster Discussion Forum' started by Castellorizon, Nov 21, 2015.

  1. Castellorizon

    Castellorizon New Member!

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    Hey guys,

    Would like to start off by saying that I'm new to this forum, so please forgive me if I posted this thread in the wrong section of the forum. Feel free to move it somewhere else if that's the case! On to business...

    I have an Am Standard 2012 Strat. I was restringing my guitar about a month ago, and the thing is, I don't really remember, but stupidly enough I think I bought different strings with a different gauge than I usually have (I usually buy 011-049 strings). So, my problem is - I don't remember which ones I bought (I think it was 012 and upwards) this time because I was in a hurry. Since it a while ago, I haven't kept the package the strings came in.

    Anyway, I'm not sure if my problem is due to the different string gauge than usual, but my bridge is floating. When I was restringing my guitar, I didn't keep the tremolo on.

    Here's an album on imgur with pics of how my bridge looks right now:
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    As you can see, my bridge is floating, and it prevents me from using my trem arm the way I want to. Also, I've noticed that my low E string is distorting while plugged into my amp. It doesn't buzz or distort while I play on it acoustically. I have no idea why. I was thinking of buying new strings, with the regular string gauge, but I want to see if it's possible to fix all of this before I do. I don't want to waste money needlessly.

    Please help me out. I tried detuning my guitar to lower the bridge, then I put on my tremolo arm, and then tuned the guitar back up again, but the bridge is still floating. What can I do? I'm completely clueless here. :oops:
     
  2. Lonn

    Lonn Mod Admin Staff Member

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    If the only difference is new strings then yes, you went with a heavier gauge. You can tighten the claw springs or go back to a lighter gauge.
     
  3. Guitarmageddon

    Guitarmageddon Dr. Stratster

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    This should help....we also know where to find vids to do a whole setup including truss rod relief, action height, and intonation if you'd like...

    Thicker strings have higher tension so it makes total sense that this happened...

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7luUzgDwwcs