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Help! Having setup problems (I think...)

Discussion in 'Stratocaster Discussion Forum' started by Mansonienne, Sep 9, 2018.

  1. maqcatt

    maqcatt Strat-O-Master

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    It's about both.
    You can adjust the bridge plate height either way. Adding springs however will also affect the tension and feel of the vibrato though.

    S Mac
     
  2. Jimistone

    Jimistone Strat-Talk Member

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    Tighten the claw. You never want zero tension on the trem springs.
    That is why I have rock solid tuning stability on my strats...I set the trem 5 springs be tight with zero trem arm movement. I set my trem where I can pull up on the trem bar and make a note go sharp as well as diving the bar makes them go flat.

    When playing live, if you dive a note during a solo, if you pull a note sharp with equal trem bar pressure the guitar will pretty much stay in tune.
    With 5 springs set tight you won't have the open ringing strings going flat on bends.
     
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  3. maqcatt

    maqcatt Strat-O-Master

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    I know all about setting up the trem. I've been using Strats on stage for 37 years.
    If I set mine up for my prefered 1/8" off the body with 5 springs , the springs go slack when I pull up.
    These are older springs., With weaker ones like the black ones or some newer ones that probably wouldn't happen.
    So either 5 weaker springs or 4 stiff ones; no difference really. Works either way.

    S Mac
     
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  4. Mansonienne

    Mansonienne Stratocrastinator Extraordinaire Staff Member Strat-Talk Supporter

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    Next time I say I’m thinking of doing a setup on a guitar, please talk me out if it.
    Ugh.
     
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    Never give up.
     
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