If I switch strings and go to a heavier gauge, do I need to make any adjustments to the guitar?

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Have a qualified technician make the nut slots slightly wider. Not doing this will cause extra pressure on the nut, which can cause the nut to crack, particularly on the lower strings. If you plan on attempting this yourself be sure to use the proper files. Also be sure not to widen the slots too much or make them any deeper.

If your guitar is equipped with a tremolo you may need to add tension to the tremolo springs by tightening  the trem claw and/or adding an additional spring. 

You should also check the intonation, which will probably need to be adjusted. That is covered in another FAQ.

Last modified on Friday, 25 September 2015 08:08