I play a Standard Stratocaster with a six-screw (“vintage”) floating tremolo bridge. I practically never use the tremolo arm, and I’d like to experiment more with alternate tunings, so I’m thinking about “decking” the bridge – making it flush with the guitar body.
After some research, I got the impression that this is something I could do myself, but I couldn’t find a walkthrough or detailed explanation of exactly what I need to do. I started tightening my tremolo claw, hoping this might be a simple, straightforward adjustment. However, after a while I realized that I really didn’t know what I was doing, so I put the claw back where it was.
What’s the right way to do this? Are there any gotchas I should be aware of? I’ve heard that I may need to adjust the intonation, action, or other aspects of setup if I do this. Is this project too ambitious for a guitar maintenance newbie? Is sticking something underneath the bridge a viable alternative to making the bridge flush with the guitar body?