the guy i bought it from put 2 extra springs in the body because he played with 10's on it. now i'm not sure if this was because you should, or if it's just preference, but i don't think the bridge was parallel when he sold it to me. when people talk about it being parallel, what part are they talking about? the back of the fine tuners, the side plates, what?
and now i play metal. is it a wise thing to drop this to C? i've read some reviews on guitars with a floyd rose and a lot of people say that you get a lot of fret buzz when dropped to C. these people could have been talking about the stock strings and just not have bought heavy gauge strings, but i don't really know. this being said, if i wanted to play in drop C, what should i do? buy heavier strings (not even slinkys)? take out the springs/tighten or loosen the tension? and what about regular drop D? same deal? and does tuning it to a dropped tuning affect the balance of the bridge at all? cuz i know they're a floating bridge (and someone told me they're built on a razor, but if it's dropped, does it hurt the bridge at all?
and how about re-stringing? over the past 2 or 3 days, i've gone through two sets of string (D'addario and ghs) and they still keep breaking on me. i make sure that both ends are tightened down, i make sure to stretch the strings, and to cross tune. and the high E still keeps breaking. the strings that were on it were fine when i got it, so i know that it's just me and not the guitar.
and what's the best way to stretch the strings before tuning it?
sorry for all the confusion. I used to be strictly a bass player and a drummer, so i never got aquainted with guitar till recently. i wonder if they have a book out called "Floyd Rose for Dummies" because i think i really need it