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How do I attach a tremolo bar?

Discussion in 'Stratocaster Discussion Forum' started by longboard, Apr 10, 2011.

  1. longboard

    longboard Strat-Talk Member

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    Mar 30, 2011
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    So Im new with the electric guitar. My guitar came with a tremolo bar but, when I put it it doesnt move.Do I need to tweak something at the back? Im just so confused. No rude comments please.
     
  2. BHighkin

    BHighkin Senior Stratmaster

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    Aug 24, 2010
    Portland, Oregon
    Welcome to strat-talk! If you're trying to get the arm in, it might be a screw in or pop in depending on what kind of guitar you have. If by doesn't move, you mean that it isn't effective as a tremolo arm, I'd check to see if your bridge is flush with the body. if it's flush with the body, then you won't be able to bend up, but should be able to bend down.
    I personally just leave the tremolo cavity cover on the back off, but that's just me. here is a video that will help you set things up.
    YouTube - Carl Verheyen: Whammy Bar Setup Secrets
    Pictures of your guitar and where the problem is would be much help.
     
  3. longboard

    longboard Strat-Talk Member

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    Mar 30, 2011
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    Thank you! I have a strat
     
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  5. BHighkin

    BHighkin Senior Stratmaster

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    Aug 24, 2010
    Portland, Oregon
    Different strats have different bridges, and different kinds of tremolo arms. My Squier CV60s strat has a different kind of trem arm and setup than a Fender American Deluxe. Pics would be helpful in solving this problem.
    What exactly do you mean by "move?"
     
  6. longboard

    longboard Strat-Talk Member

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  7. oakhills

    oakhills Strat Cat Strat-Talk Supporter

    Aug 7, 2009
    Bay Area
    the 6 screws on your bridge seems to be too tight causing it not to move.
     
  8. tims437

    tims437 Strat-O-Master

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    Mar 7, 2010
    Spring, TX
    If it is a used guitar, open the back trem cover and check to make sure that there isn't a block of wood put in between the trem block and the wood of the body. If it is new... Try pushing on the very tip of the bar for leverage. If it still doesnt work, try loosening the springs, if that doesn't work, it must be the six screws that are screwed in too tight... Loosen them. Hope that helps!
     
  9. Mivv

    Mivv New Member!

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    Apr 7, 2011
    POLAND
    Wow, BHighkin, that tip on the movie is amazing. I did it in my MIJ Squier, I think not so precisely, because it took me 15 minutes, and the result is awesome. I can use whammy bar as I want, in 2 ways and everything always stay in tune. Thanks much! :)
     
  10. snakeweirdo

    snakeweirdo Strat-Talker

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    May 6, 2010
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    I love the colour on that strat of yours!
     
  11. B Valley

    B Valley Strat-Talker

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    Jul 21, 2008
    Glendale, Arizona
    First, you need to be sure someone hasn't blocked the tremolo. Take the cover off the back and check to see if there is a block of wood wedged in between the tremolo block and the body. Next, watch this video and be sure your bridge screws aren't tightened down all the way. They have to be slightly loosened so they will act as a pivot for the bridge.

    YouTube - Fender Stratocaster Setup Part 5 of 9: Tremolo Bridge Options
     

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