Who stuff's cotton in your trem springs?

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  1. jamison162

    jamison162 Member

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    I like the natural reverb-ish sound that my strat has, except on certain notes where it tends to actually buzz more than vibrate. I've heard of stuffing cotten in the trem springs but haven't actually done it myself.

    Does it deaden the trem cavity too much in your opinion?
     
  2. javahut

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    I put a small piece of rectangular foam in mine when I played it. There would be certain notes that cause the springs to resonate too loudly and sound like feed back. A little piece of foam between the body just big enough to touch the springs pretty much took care of it.
     
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    Since I use a tremolo cover plate, I just glued a piece of foam to the cover. It does the same thing.
     
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    some trems have it worse than others.

    i had this Fender CS relic strat once, its trem springs would make a very noticeable reverb crash (like someone kicked the reverb tank of an amp)
    whenever i struck a note/palm muted with greater than average force.

    drove me crazy.. until i stuffed up the back cavity with tissue paper. :D
     
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    I put a paper towel in mine.
     
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    I only do this on my shred guits, but I leave my Fenders as is. I kind of like it and for me it is part of the sound of those guitars.

    RR
     
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    I'm pretty fanatical about completely deadening ringing sounds from springs and strings behind the nut and such. In the springs i will stuff rolled toilet paper. I also sometimes will put foam under the springs very near the claw where the springs don't move as much or fold a piece of paper towel in the cavity. Mostly don't want the springs to be hindered by whatever you put in there so returning to zero isn't a problem. I always have some foam stuff under the strings behind the nut.
     
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    I don't normally, but the springs on my Hipshot are really noisy, and the particular guitar has no backplate. I went Steve Vai style with tissues and duct tape.

    Puff's Plus has the best tone. :p
     
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    Used or Recycled?

    Didn't someone once offer a guitar with a pickup on the springs to incorporate that sound?
     
  11. Axekisser

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    I do the cotton thing. Just stuff a little bit in there to dampen the ring.
     
  12. JUSTJOB

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    I don't know if it deadens the trem cavity too much because I've never had any problem with any of those symtoms described. Not in either of my Strats, or my Jackson.
    Best Regards!
     
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    no backplate on my PRS. Its the only guitar with the coiled springs that i use regularly. The other is my first guitar and i never play it.

    Otherwise my parkers have flat springs and i keep the back plate on because it covers the electronics as well. The flat springs dont ring like the regular springs.
     

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