The guy behind the counter at the Guitar Center said to tighten the bridge (Floyd Rose) on my Strat, and that I probably wouldn't have to worry about the neck. So I took off the back cover and did so.
I can only get the strings tuned to low C (i.e. each string two whole steps below normal).
That isn't the problem!!! Why? I'll tell you why! Because I like it I like it!!! :D
I should mention that I previously had mid-weight/average D'Addarios and couldn't get them tuned past low D (each string one whole step down). Now that I've got the biggest ones (arrrgh!!! Biggest ones!!! Arrrgh!!!)... another entire whole step down!!!
Why can't I tune the strings any higher without them maxing out? As in *DOINK!!!* "Youch!!!" Though these new thick ones... I'm not even sure the tuners could snap the lower strings too easily... they're almost like bass strings. :eek: I'm a long-time bassist so I certainly know how to carefully and gingerly take my time as I go about restringing an instrument.
Also, it took me several days to get those .13gaugers to that low C tuning. It was excruciating. Now it sounds more bitchin' than ever, of course, just like I'd hoped.
But what gives? :confused:
I should also mention that I had to tighten the bridge all the way, because just when I was about to reach low C it started bucking a little, just like the guy warned me. So I fixed it. The neck remains straight as an arrow and not overly tense.
Finally, I should mention that I bought this Strat at a scratch-and-dent sale... what might the guy before me have done to it?