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Bridge lifting

Discussion in 'Tech-Talk' started by MostroS2R, Mar 30, 2010.

  1. MostroS2R

    MostroS2R Strat-Talk Member

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    Getting a strange problem, my bridge is lifting when I tune my guitar. Happened after I used the tremlo arm for the first time in years. Back of bridge is about 1/4 inch off the body instead of a few mm. :mad:
     
  2. orcslayer

    orcslayer Senior Stratmaster

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    Your string pull is greater than the pull of the trem springs in the rear cavity.

    Slip a piece of wood in behind the bridge string block in the rear cavity to prevent the bridge from pulling up. then tune to proper pitch. Then slowly tighten the springs a little at a time until the piece of wood just slips out from behind the string block.

    Your strings & springs should now be in balance at the correct pitch and the bridge should no longer lift when you tune.
     
  3. MostroS2R

    MostroS2R Strat-Talk Member

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    Thanks, I'll give it a try tonight.
     
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    paleus Strat-O-Master

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    That's a great technique to get the spring tension equal to string tension. Wish I'd have thought of that.
     
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    chuckdup Strat-O-Master

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    :p sweet tip.. many thanks.. much faster than my way.. which in retrospect seems quite stupid now.. hehe!!..........laters,chuck :p
     
  7. orcslayer

    orcslayer Senior Stratmaster

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    I'd like to take credit for that, but I can't. I got it from Dan Erlwine's book "Guitar Repair for Guitarists". Lot's of great tips in this book. I recommend it.
     
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    viccelles Strat-Talk Member

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    thats great it works fine!! i have a question though. i have my strat set with a gap at the rear of the bridge of about 3/32" (its is about 2.4mm). is diffrent the fender's specs.
    what about the 2 pivot screws. Do they had to be tight down to the body?
    i appreciate any answer.
    thank you all:)
     
  9. orcslayer

    orcslayer Senior Stratmaster

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    The pivot screws (on a two point trem) don't have to be tight down. In fact they can be used to raise or lower the bridge to some degree to adjust your action. The bridge plate will still balance on them regardless of how low or high they are.
     
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    viccelles Strat-Talk Member

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    thank you very much i appreciate quick response:) i got the answer i wanted. thanx again. be good:)
     
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    dfosterinc775 Strat-Talker

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    would adding more treme springs fix that problem? or does it need ot be done this way..?
     
  12. louis cyfer

    louis cyfer i know nothing

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    you can add spring. also you can just tighten the springs and retune a few times. this method is just a shortcut to adjust the trem to a certain float height.
     
  13. kevinpaul

    kevinpaul Strat-Talk Member

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    I block the trem, this bridge design has got to be the worst in the guitar world. I have had the most problems with my Strat bridge. I hate to even work on it. I have changed every thing on this guitar but the 1968 body. I did gig with it for years and things get worn out. To fix a Stratocaster you need to take a Zen view and keep the thing balanced. The trem is bad and just put it out of tune.
     
  14. jalexquijano

    jalexquijano Strat-Talk Member

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    I read that the gap from the body of the guitar to the bridge should measure 3/32 or 1/8. I cannot seem to find a ruler to measure the distance! Where can i buy this ruler to get the Factory specs?
     
  15. stratman in va

    stratman in va Most Honored Senior Member Strat-Talk Supporter

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    You might find a coin that is 3/32 thick
     
  16. jalexquijano

    jalexquijano Strat-Talk Member

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    Which coin?? 1 cent coin?
     

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