I am new to guitar and bought a new Squier Strat as my first guitar.
I changed the strings myself to 008's a couple months in, and I think that may have caused some of the problems that followed shortly after.
I noticed I had multiple frets on the high E string which all played the same pitch, and string buzz all over the fretboard. Bends are typically inaudible (they sound like dead notes).
Additionally, I noticed my strings were not aligned well with the neck (the high E string often is too close to the edge of the neck to comfortably play). When I loosened the bolts on the back of the neck to move the neck back into place to realign the strings, they would shift back out of alignment within a couple of days.
I researched how to fix this problem, and I adjusted the action and also the truss rod, to no success.
While I understand that uneven frets may be responsible for my problem, I suspect it may also have something to do with the string replacement I did a while ago.
Can anybody point out what my problem with my guitar might be? Any help is greatly appreciated!