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Hakkonen
02-24-2012, 08:48 PM
So, it turns out my guitar was horrifically out of tune. (Side note: I picked up a copy of Rocksmith. Seems pretty nifty so far.) Now that I've tuned it (with the aid of the aforementioned software), the bridge, which previously lay flat against the body, is now sticking up at what looks like maybe a twenty-degree angle. Should it be doing that?

RainDancer
02-24-2012, 09:00 PM
Make and model of guitar would help. If it's a trem bridge set to floating mode, then yes it will have more of an angle.

Keith
02-24-2012, 09:01 PM
No. What style bridge do you have, and how many springs are in said bridge?

Hakkonen
02-24-2012, 09:07 PM
Fender Stratocaster HSS, tremolo bridge, six springs.

RainDancer
02-24-2012, 09:11 PM
With six springs, no the bridge should remain flat against the body. The spring claw may need adjusted, or something is very wrong.

Hakkonen
02-24-2012, 09:21 PM
Disclaimer: This is my first guitar, and my knowledge is pretty limited. That said, the six screws on the side of the bridge nearest the pickup are noticeably loose, i.e., sticking up out of the bridge. Should they be tightened down? I bought the instrument used, and I'm starting to think it wasn't taken care of very well.

RainDancer
02-24-2012, 09:24 PM
I think you are looking at the bridge saddle springs. On the back of the guitar, there is a blanking plate, remove and check how many large springs are in there. I bet it's three or two.

Hakkonen
02-24-2012, 09:31 PM
Whoops. There are three springs.

RainDancer
02-24-2012, 09:34 PM
Whoops. There are three springs.

Look here under tremolo setup
http://www.fender.com/en-GB/support/articles/stratocaster-setup-guide/

Hakkonen
02-24-2012, 10:59 PM
Thanks!

*MAYHEM*
02-25-2012, 01:55 AM
Take the back cover off and you should se anywhere from 3 to 5 springs dependin on their setup. At the end of the springs glosest to the neck you will see a plate the the springs are hooked on. On that plate is two screws going into the body. Give each a half turn and retune the strings. Check your plate amake futher adjustments as necassary.