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Old April 11th, 2010, 02:26 PM   #1 (permalink)
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How to block off a tremolo?

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I have a Chinese Affinity Strat that I want to block the tremolo on seeing as I got it cheap from fleabay and it came with no arm and I've just tried to tune it and it just seems to difficult

So, I unscrew the claw so the bridge is flat at the back. Do I need to unscrew the 6 screws or not?

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Old April 11th, 2010, 03:16 PM   #2 (permalink)
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make sure your 6 mounting screws aren't tightened fully down,just enough to allow bridge plate to lay flat.Then tighten the spring claw IN so it pulls trem down flat.3 springs is enough for me[using 9s] You might need more if using heavier gauge strings
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Old April 11th, 2010, 03:19 PM   #3 (permalink)
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make sure your 6 mounting screws aren't tightened fully down,just enough to allow bridge plate to lay flat.Then tighten the spring claw IN so it pulls trem down flat.3 springs is enough for me[using 9s] You might need more if using heavier gauge strings
They don't seem to be fully tightened, the bridge is flat at the back and rising slightly (miniscule amount) at the front, I've unscrewed the claw so that it's about 1/2" from the front of the body and the block is looking straight. There are no strings on atm and I will be using a set of Ernie Ball Super Slinkies (9-42) strings.

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tighten the claw as far as it will go, the strings put tension on there, too, and will pull the bridge up. tighten the six mounting screws till they just touch the bridgeplate, not too tight, or they'll raise the back.
if the strings pull more than three springs can handle, either add two more springs, or put a block of wood behind the string-block to hold the bridge down.
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Old April 12th, 2010, 04:45 PM   #5 (permalink)
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make sure your 6 mounting screws aren't tightened fully down,just enough to allow bridge plate to lay flat.Then tighten the spring claw IN so it pulls trem down flat.3 springs is enough for me[using 9s] You might need more if using heavier gauge strings
+1 Definatley screw claw all the way IN not out.
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+1 Definatley screw claw all the way IN not out.
Do you mean, instead of a block?

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Old February 21st, 2011, 03:27 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Awesome vid Capt Goodvibes!
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Old February 21st, 2011, 04:00 PM   #8 (permalink)
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I keep hearing that blocking off the tremolo increases sustain as the block of wood is linking the steel block to the guitar body. Is this true?
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Clapton seems to think so...
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I tried the block of wood [ oak ] , but took it back out and added 1 more spring and tightened the 2 screws this was on a floating standard strat...seems to have done the trick, it's funny that my Bullet strat has 5 springs and the Standard..only 2 springs..I don't get it. see ya ...poppa
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