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Decking trem - optimal claw tension

Discussion in 'Stratocaster Discussion Forum' started by Fendrix, Feb 12, 2018.

  1. minty strat

    minty strat Strat-Talk Member

    May 13, 2014
    Once the bridge makes contact with the body, tighten the claw just another 1/4 to 1/2 turn of the screws - If you don't, the bridge could rattle against the body (say, if you were to lower the bridge saddles and needed to tune up, or if the relief changed and pulled the strings tighter). You can test this by plucking the A string and giving a hard bend to the G string. If the A string lowers in pitch, you need to tighten the claw a little more. Beyond that, tightening the claw more would have no further effect.
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  2. Hawk8789

    Hawk8789 Strat-Talker

    Apr 11, 2013
    Las Vegas, Nv
    It is possible to have too much tension on the springs. You can get some weird noises from them. Wether you notice it or not is the question.
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