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Bridge problem when I re-strang my fender strat, the tension is so high that the bridge is being pulled up by the strings alot and it doesnt look right, and Im not over tuneing, its in regular E tuning

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Strats have springs behind the backing plate that connect the bridge to the body. You can adjust these to accomodate the tension from different guage strings.

Try www.raeguitars.com


Pretty sure it'll cover it all in detail...

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There are different tension strings available. Contact your guitar store to find the right weight strings for your guitar as a first step.

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Phoenix, Az

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