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Old 11-24-2010, 11:29 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I was thinking of changing my string gauge from 9s to 10s. I have a CV 60s Strat and i was wondering if there was anything i need to change i the set-up or tremelo... i.e. more springs?

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That's a tough question in a way. Is your trem floating or decked right now, and how do you want it to sit with the heavier strings? Do you use the trem, and if so, how?

Going from 9s to 10s for me usually means tightening the screws on the trem claw, changing the spring arrangement from | | | to / | \ and then usually tightening the truss rod. After that, I'll adjust the saddles and intonate. You can achieve the same effect by adding springs as well, but that impacts the feel of the trem.
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More than likely you will need a whole new setup. Tremolo adjustment, intonation, maybe even a truss rod adjustment. The strings are thicker so you will probably need to raise the action unless its already high. Its not hard but easy to mess up if you're not experienced. 3 springs are more than enough but you will definately have to tighten up the claw Good luck
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well right now i the bridge is still set up the way it came out of the box. its a 6-screw bridge so i'm assuming that its decked as of right now. does that change the advice u just gave?
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More than likely you will need a whole new setup. Tremolo adjustment, intonation, maybe even a truss rod adjustment. The strings are thicker so you will probably need to raise the action unless its already high. Its not hard but easy to mess up if you're not experienced. 3 springs are more than enough but you will definately have to tighten up the claw Good luck
yeah... ive played strictly acoustic guitars since i was 15.... so my new strat has me baffled in a lot of ways. But i still want to learn how to do set-up and repair work on my own, so all the advice i can get helps.
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well right now i the bridge is still set up the way it came out of the box. its a 6-screw bridge so i'm assuming that its decked as of right now. does that change the advice u just gave?
Look at the back of the bridge, not where the screws are. "Decked" means flush to the body, where you can't pull up on the bar. This is opposed to "floating," which means you can pull up on the bar to raise the pitch. Some come from the box floating, some not. If it's floating, changing to 10s (and again, I'm assuming here you mean 10-46, not 10-something heavier) will pull the bridge up more. If it's flush, it may or may not move, but that depends on how tight the claw is to the back of the cavity.
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I had 10's on mine for a bit, didn't adjust anything. Nothing bad happened, but I did put 9's back on because the 10's were getting a bit dead.
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With 10's there will be more pull. If there isnt enough spring tension the back of the bridge will pull up. If the trem is tightned down all of the way and the springs are not tight enough, it can put too much tension on the 6 screws and you may have serious problems like elongated holes or even breakage.
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With 10's there will be more pull. If there isnt enough spring tension the back of the bridge will pull up. If the trem is tightned down all of the way and the springs are not tight enough, it can put too much tension on the 6 screws and you may have serious problems like elongated holes or even breakage.
so should i tighten the springs before i do any of this?

also... what kind of tone changes should i expect from the change in string gauge?
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You may noticed a tone change but nothing substantial. They will be a bit harder to bend. And yes, I would tighten the claw down a little.
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Yea on the the claw adjustments. I went from 9's to 12's Flatwound and am loving it. Will take a little while getting everything adjusted. On the truss adjustments do small incruments at a time
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I went to 10's on my Squier not long after I got it. the store where I bought the guitar changes the strings for free if you buy the guitar there. so, the luthier made all of the necessry adjustments. the same adjustments that have been described here. so, you're headed in the right direction. I went to 10's, because 9's are just too light for me.
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