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I've decided to change my strings on my guitar, and when I finally was done with setting up the springs to make the bridge parallel to the body, I wanted to make the action lower. I noticed that it was finally low enough but there was some buzzing on treble side, but I couldn't get it high again.

There wasn't that much buzzing for G and B strings, but on the high E string starting from the 12th fret I couldn't make a clear sound, some frets sounded the same, it was really weird... I turned the screw that's supposed to control the action almost all the way up, but the strings won't budge, the E string's action was very low. Then when I checked my bridge from a certain angle I noticed that it was leaning a lot to the treble side, and thought that it may explain all of this.

And just in case, I don't think it may come from the springs, as the bridge is parallel to the body.

Here are some photos to explain the situation : tilted bridge screw turned all the way up

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    A few questions before we dive in, just to eliminate confounding variables: New strings are the same gauge as old? The high notes in question were fine before the change? Neck was straight and truss rod adjusted correctly? – Dave Jacoby Mar 15 at 19:48
  • @DaveJacoby Yes, the new strings are the same gauge as old. I actually had the issue of the high notes but only for one fret, and it hardly ever happened. Like most of the time it was fine, but sometimes the 17th fret was kinda buzzing. The neck was straight and truss rod adjusted correctly as well. – Steclow Mar 15 at 20:38
  • I’m afraid the lighting is not very helpful in those photos. Can you take the top photo again but with the window behind you instead of in front of you? If you can retake them try to make it so the window or any light source is not in the frame of the picture. – Todd Wilcox Mar 15 at 23:38
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Your second photo makes it very evident what the problem is - the pivot point shout be on the neck of that screw, not against the thread, and it should be screwed properly in to the body of the guitar. I have highlighted the problem here:

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With the blade pivoting on the screw thread, turning it will just grind away the metal, and will not adjust the height. I'm not sure how you managed to get it like that, but to fix it, you need to:

  • first take the strings off
  • remove the springs on the back of the trem so you can remove it
  • screw that pivot into the guitar - aim for the same height as the other one
  • replace the trem, ensuring the blade is seated into the pivot correctly
  • pop the springs back on
  • restring the guitar
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I think you may have a fundamental problem with the neck tilt, as the truss rod has the most dramatic effect at the nut end of the neck, but I'm not personally sure what the correct correction might be.

I've done little work with Floyd Roses, being a hardtail guy at heart, but if my memory serves me right, there are under-saddle shims that handle individual string height, and the stud which provides the "knife edge" the Floyd Rose system is known for is the adjustment you did to get the bridge off-center. If I read correctly, you've tried to raise the stud again, to no effect.

Having the bridge level with the body is an aesthetically nice thing, but if it's playable without it, then it kinda doesn't matter. The high frets are not playable, as you say, and if you're not using the high frets, why are you playing a guitar with a Floyd Rose, right?

I would normally suggest that you take it to a trusted tech, who would be able diagnose the problems with the instrument on the bench a lot easier than someone looking at pictures and reading descriptions on Stack Exchange. This isn't normal times, so interacting with your local guitar techs might get weird.

(My favorite tech is more or less in active retirement, and so you can bring in guitars for him to work on, but you won't be in the room with him, which isn't best. I want him to be healthy, so I don't mind.)

A solution I've seen a lot on guitar building and repair channels on YouTube is making the higher frets (like maybe 15th to the end) lower than "flat", so that, down where the truss rod doesn't help as much, the frets get out of each others' way a bit more, allowing for a lower action. I personally have never bought a set of fret files, so I'm not advising that you do it, but it is a solution I've seen.

Failing access to your local guitar tech, it is always good to understand your own guitar, and Sweetwater has a Floyd Rose setup guide that might help to get your guitar into fighting shape.

Whatever your next move is, best of luck.

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Try searching YouTube for "adjust floyd rose tremolo" YouTube has a ton of electric guitar how-tos, and it can be daunting finding one to suit a specific situation. Here is one I've watched myself that explains how to change strings and make adjustments, but you should be able to find quite a few other fine how-tos on adjusting a Floyd Rose bridge.

Floyd Rose Bridge Maintenance (For Dummies)

You may also want to watch The Complete DIY Guitar Setup Tutorial

by the same guy with general DIY tips that includes truss rod adjustment.

Good luck & have fun!

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