I bought a used Fender Mexican strat online many months ago. Its bridge came lifted. I read some threads here (I'm posting them below) that say this can lead to intonation problems, and indeed I've never been able to get all strings in tune (the upper string is always at a higher pitch than the strings below, so if e.g. E and A are in tune, A can't be in tune with D).
I'd very much like to leave the bridge tilted like this, so I could pull or push it with my hand (like Jeff Beck does), but I'm afraid of breaking the bridge.
I don't know what's the gauge of the strings because I haven't changed them, but to me they feel like regular 10 gauge.
My questions are:
- Do I have to make the bridge for this Mexican strat flat (or can I fix the intonation just with the saddle screws)? If yes, how do I do it (just by changing springs position and/or adding more tension springs?)?
- If I can leave the bridge lifted, can I push/pull it with my hand, or will it break something (i.e., I should only move the bridge with the tremolo arm, and not with my hand)?