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Old January 21st, 2010, 12:11 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Help! Tremolo problem on new strat!

I just got a mexican standard strat from musiciansfriend. Now, when i bend a string, the metal thingy at the base of the guitar (er...the bridge i think) moves - this causes the other strings to bend. So if i wanna play two notes together (on two strings) and bend one of them, i end up bending both! Is this is a defect?? Is the bridge supposed to move when a string is bent?How can i fix it? Should i return ? Please help!

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Old January 21st, 2010, 12:14 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Do you mean the saddles or the tremelo block? The saddles are on the top of the guitar and are the arch where the strings bend and the block is on the backside of the guitar. If its the block you may need to tighten the screws on the back of the guitar holding the block down or add a few springs.
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Old January 21st, 2010, 12:29 AM   #3 (permalink)
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well at the back i simply have this -
http://www.electric-guitar-info.com/...trem-cover.jpg

This is what is moving - i can see it move from the hole at the back too ..
http://www.elderly.com/images/fmic/2...BGM_bridge.jpg
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Old January 21st, 2010, 12:38 AM   #4 (permalink)
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The entire bridge is held back by springs. When you bend one string it adds pull to the bridge and the bridge will move slightly.

Enjoy the Strat, I suspect that everything is just fine and you just need to get familiar with the tremolo bridge.
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Old January 21st, 2010, 12:44 AM   #5 (permalink)
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The entire bridge is held back by springs. When you bend one string it adds pull to the bridge and the bridge will move slightly.

Enjoy the Strat, I suspect that everything is just fine and you just need to get familiar with the tremolo bridge.
o i love my new strat - but this is a problem right ? if i wanna play 2 notes together while bending one of them, the other note sounds outta tune ..
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Old January 21st, 2010, 12:51 AM   #6 (permalink)
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...or add springs or tighten the screws in the back. he doesn't have to block the tremelo off completely to stop it from moving. i have five springs on my guitar and have never had problems when bending
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aright .. thanks guys - it's a relief to know thats just the way it's meant to be and nuttin defective wid it
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Old January 21st, 2010, 12:52 AM   #8 (permalink)
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btw, is that a twelve string stratocaster? i've never seen one before
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Old January 21st, 2010, 12:55 AM   #9 (permalink)
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I wouldn't try to fix something that is not broke. Millions of players love the trem system on a Start including. Discover the wonderful things you can do with a trem.
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Old January 21st, 2010, 12:56 AM   #10 (permalink)
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btw, is that a twelve string stratocaster? i've never seen one before
thats just an image i took off the net, but yeah now that you mention it ..
apparently its a "double neck"

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Old January 21st, 2010, 01:17 AM   #11 (permalink)
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congrats on your new guitar, and that's perfectly normal like what's been said. When you bend one string you're increasing the tension so much that it pulls the bridge towards you and makes any other notes that are ringing go a bit flat.
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btw, is that a twelve string stratocaster? i've never seen one before
theres a million 12 string MIJ strats available used all over the net.
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Old January 21st, 2010, 01:24 AM   #13 (permalink)
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Also, I think you need to do a little research on the guitar you just purchased rohitchhiber.
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Old January 21st, 2010, 03:38 AM   #14 (permalink)
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Also, I think you need to do a little research on the guitar you just purchased rohitchhiber.
hey this thread was research.
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Old January 21st, 2010, 08:53 AM   #15 (permalink)
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if you add more temolo springs at the back (or replace with stiffer springs) then the tremolo becomes stiffer but is still fully working, and you can bend one string with a lot less effect on the other strings.

My CV50 came with 3 springs, and the bending effect was very noticable. I upgraded the trem and springs for Callaham ones, and now the effect is a lot less. Some players like 5 springs to reduce the effect further.
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