I used to do this as well. But I recently saw in a Fender Frontline catlog/magazine that they make a spring that you can drop into the trembar hole to put tension on it. I found them at these websites (I've never done any business with either of them):Originally posted by RvChevron
Can be bought at your local Home Depot "plumer" section.
Use a few wraps, tight, around the thread.
Just experiment with the number of layers.
You'll still need to replace it with new tape from time to time but it'll work very close, if not exactly, the way you want it.
I put one of those springs into my Squier Strat's trem hole and it works *great* way better than teflon tape.Originally posted by Ray Gianelli
I used to do this as well. But I recently saw in a Fender Frontline catlog/magazine that they make a spring that you can drop into the trembar hole to put tension on it. http://www.guitarstop.com/acc/parts/bridge.htm
I agree! I didn't know about the taped over hole (although I've seen it) keeping the spring in during transport. Ridiculous indeed. As I mentioned, both of my Strats have pop in arms, just like the PRS's. And even these are goofy, as you have to take the strings off and remove the springs so you can remove the trem assembly to access the trem arm tension setscrews. To be fair, once it's set you don't have to do it again.Originally posted by cswolfe
I agree the spring works, but after umpteen years of fender having built strats, I cannot believe that (at least mine) comes with the trem hole taped, to enclose the spring.
And then, in the manual, it says "replace the sticker every time you remove the trem arm to not lose the spring."
WTF?! That's the best that they can do? What am I missing? I took out the spring on day one from my American Ash Strat HSS the first day, and in the case it stays, because I take out the trem arm when it goes in the case and there it stays.
Does anybody have a solution to use the spring and have it just stay put that's better than fender's ridiculous suggestion that everytime you pull out the trem arm and put your guitar back in the case you should "tape up the trem hole" so as not to lose the spring?
Being a strat owner, it's just embarrassing compared to the PRS design where there's no threads, no nothing. You put in the arm with zero "trem arm spinning" nonsense, it stays where you want it to, then you pull it out when you're done in a microsecond move and nothing falls out of your guitar if you don't tape over the hole.
Wow, I have been thinking of doing the same thing for months, adding a set screw in the block to get rid of the slop.Originally posted by stark
Springs wear out and cannot be adjusted. Teflon tape works for about 30sec. What works for me is installing a small set screw in the back of the block up by the base plate. It has to be drilled and threaded by a qualified tech. You can set the tension to whatever you like and it will last. I have Suhr do this on my Strats. I can't bring myself to do it on my 63' strat, but the bar is nice and tight on that one.
OK,I'll spill. Although I was the one to bring up the spring, all the Strat's which I've owned with screw in trems were purchased used. The springs were gone, and I had the same issue with wiggles and the inability to have the trem bar stay where I wanted it. I read about the springs in a Fender Frontline magazine. I believe they just drop into the hole the trem threads into, putting tension on the bottom of the bar and holding it against the threads.Originally posted by aeolian
Okay, so where does the spring go?