I have a 2001 American standard strat and have (nearly) exclusively been flat against the deck with 5 springs. The bridge only lifts when I try to demo with a lot of force. I have been in this setup because I got so sick of playing with floating bridges I had played through the 90's. My goal is to attempt to gel with this setup from several fronts - Tuning stability Setting bridge height from poles and from the saddles Finding the right combination of springs and tension between this and the strings. Current setup: 2 pole trem - this will not change. 5 Springs Claw still has room to travel - meaning the screws have never needed to be tightened too far for spring my setup. .012 detuned a half step. Questions - How do most of you have the bridge set? Is it just a matter of loosening the tension in the claw/springs? If I only take tension away, the hump I've arranged on the saddles' height would have to change, I think - right? For those with the same bridge, do you also unscrew the poles to lift off the face/deck of the guitar? I guess I don't need to have that much travel for my bridge upward, but it would be nice to pull a half step up for most strings. I've seen how some like Verheyen set there's and tried experimenting with it on another guitar to see if I could get the tuned travel he does - I almost got it, but not really there... So if you've done this or do this for people as a luthier, I could use some suggestion or coaching. Much thanks.