Strat Trems - question

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  1. roomservice

    roomservice Member

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    Dear Old Blighty
    Hi there

    Anybody got any ideas how to get the stiffness back in my Am Deluxe Trem?

    I remember when it was new and shiny and the trem arm would stay parallel to the body lines......nowadays it's all floppy and dangles down...........still works absolutely fine but was wondering if we could put some stiffness back in this trem lol. I was wondering if had something to do with taking the trem out when I put it in its case for going to and from rehearsals??
     
  2. Austinrocks

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    replace the springs,
     
  3. roomservice

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    Dear Old Blighty
    Hello there

    Thanks for the quick response.

    I'm an absolute beginner in putting bits in guitars though lol - what springs are you referring to?

    Many thanks

    rs
     
  4. devilrob1979

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    Open up the big plate in the back. You'll see big springs in there. Replace those. Any guitar store's going to have 'em. They're only a few bucks.
     
  5. roomservice

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    Dear Old Blighty
    lol!

    I thought those springs were just for the 'springiness' of the trem - not the arm itself?

    It's the trem arm that is all floppy - not the trem unit.

    Sorry mate - I really am that dense when it comes to guitar parts and I appreciate your patience!
     
  6. bullet69

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    wrap teflon tape around the threads
     
  7. devilrob1979

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    This works pretty well. Is your bridge a pop in or screw in? If it's a pop in there will be a small allen head visible on the back of the block when you push the bar fully down. Tighten that up and you're back in business. If it's a screw in the teflon trick works pretty well but it's temorary in my experience.
     
  8. stevel

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    Wait wait wait!

    You mean the arm "spins" freely don't you?

    If that's the case, as someone mentioned there's a little allen screw on the inside of the trem unit where the arm pushes in - you may have to depress the tremolo arm to bring the trem unit up out of the body at a far enough angle to get at it. One of the two allen wrenches that came with your guitar (you kept those in a safe place, right?).

    That screw has a little rubber-like head on it that goes into the tremolo arm hole and "rubs against" the arm keeping it from spinning.

    Yes, I noticed mine also got looser over the years from repeated inning and outing. I think I've tightened it twice in 9 years.

    It doesn't take much by the way - if you do it too far the arm won't push in easily - don't force it - I think it's better to snug it up with the arm in - then you can tell it it's going to keep it parallel with the strings.

    Some people like to have it swing down, and others like it to stay right near their fingers.

    Steve
     
  9. roomservice

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    Dear Old Blighty

    nice one!

    problem solved

    cheers
    rs
     
  10. stormin1155

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    I'm not familiar with the Am. Deluxe trem, but older strat trems had these little springs in them. I'm not sure if they still use them. I went to three different guitar shops before I could find them. Most people didn't know what I was talking about.

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  11. roomservice

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    Yep it was the pop in one so all solved with the little allen key - and I agree, I've put plumbers tape around an old Ibanez of mine where the threads have worn out but it is a temp fix
     
  12. roomservice

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    Dear Old Blighty
    The AM Del trem is a pop in one and my trem now has all the stiffness it needs lol!

    My old Ibanez had a tiny spring in it as well - which was a bit odd as it's a thread in not pop in - and it took m eages to get one too
     
  13. mtmartin71

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    I was just going to ask about this. It fell out of my spankin new Am Std Strat. At first I had no clue what it was. Do I really need it? I have another strat with the trem blocked on the body but no spring in the trem hole. What's the purpose of this little spring other than to get lost very easily.
     
  14. rockstarjay

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    Nope. Just keeps the bar from swinging down when you let go. I want the bar to swing away immediately, so I don't use them. Its just a preference based on your playing style.
     

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