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(@long)
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I just got some 12 gauge strings for my guitar (stratocaster) since I've been playing bottleneck on some plinky .009s for about a year. When I started tuning the guitar to open D, the bridge started pulling out a little. Does anyone here know how I should prepare my guitar so that it can handle this kind of tension. Right now the strings are currently untuned. Any help would be nice.


   
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(@artlutherie)
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Ah the FFB! That would be Frustrating Floating Bridge to you. If your a patient person(be honest about this, you may end up going Pete Townshend on it if your not!) your tension problem can be fixed. Take the back off tighten the springs a half turn(remember how many turns you've done so you can go back!!!!!!) or so tune up watch the bridge if it lifts de-tune more turns on the springs ect.. get the point. I ended up blocking my Trem just wasn't worth it. Good luck!!!

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(@ricochet)
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That's why my guitars are all hardtails.

"A cheerful heart is good medicine."


   
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I think that worked. I'm gonna buy some extra springs next time I change my strings. Thanks.


   
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(@u2bono269)
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i mde myself a bunch of wedges to stick in the cavity in the back. I took a bunch of thin strips of wood, made them at various sizes, glued them together and presto! stuck 'em in my guitars. worked like a charm

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