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Opinion on decking trem using 3 springs?

Discussion in 'Stratocaster Discussion Forum' started by Laurence21, Jan 13, 2019.

  1. Laurence21

    Laurence21 Strat-Talk Member

    Age:
    21
    11
    Jan 11, 2019
    NY
    Anyone else currently using this set-up? I just did it since I didn't have extra springs and it seems fine. I only adjusted the claw screws tighter and the string action feels fine using ernie ball 10s. It seems like the main downsides can be the springs wearing out due to less support, but what other differences could I expect with 3 vs 4 or 5 springs?

    Here are pics https://imgur.com/a/n6dcxFQ
     
  2. Guitarmageddon

    Guitarmageddon Squier-A-Holic Strat-Talk Supporter

    Age:
    42
    Apr 19, 2014
    Windsor, Ontario, Canada
    Do you mean a decked setup? If so.....

    Watch the bridge plate when bending strings....does it lift at all? I've never been able to deck with 10's and 3 springs.....

    If it doesn't lift you're fine....that is if you want it decked....

    EDIT - saw your pics...your bridge plate tilts backwards...the 6 mounting screws need to be tightened until the bridge is flush against the body....right now the front is higher than the back
     
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  3. Yves

    Yves Senior Stratmaster

    Jan 2, 2016
    London
    Got two strats set-up with floating bridge. One with 11s, the other with 10s.
    Both with 3 springs only.
    They both play and sound Great.
     
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  4. Laurence21

    Laurence21 Strat-Talk Member

    Age:
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    11
    Jan 11, 2019
    NY
    Thanks, I thought it might of been uneven looking. Just screwed them tighter. Didn't think they'd go tighter from the looks of it, but they did and now it looks flush.
     
  5. EC Strat-boy

    EC Strat-boy Strat-Talker Strat-Talk Supporter

    Age:
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    158
    Dec 16, 2018
    Louisville Kentucky
    I do on mine and it’s perfect. No issues.
     
  6. rocknrollrich

    rocknrollrich Senior Stratmaster

    Age:
    48
    Jan 8, 2016
    philadelphia
    I use 3 springs, decked, but with 9s.
     
  7. LOSTVENTURE

    LOSTVENTURE Strat-O-Master

    760
    Jun 15, 2007
    CHARLOTTE, NC
    If you have trouble during bends, try mounting the springs at angles. Keep the center spring in place and move one end of each of the outer springs to the far edges of the tremelo block.

    /
    -- rough sort of arrangement
    \
     
  8. jpmist

    jpmist Strat-Talker

    473
    Mar 26, 2010
    Decatur
    Or you can put a block of scrap wood behind the tremelo and have done with it . . .

    [​IMG]
     
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  9. Thrup'ny Bit

    Thrup'ny Bit Grand Master Curmudgeon Strat-Talk Supporter

    Age:
    59
    May 21, 2010
    Sheffield, UK
    Your bridge looks fine to me. You screw the bridge down without any springs on, to make sure it doesn't tilt up at the back, regardless of whether you float it or not later. Then you tighten the claw springs to taste, the back of the bridge will finish up where it needs to be.
    Tightening the mounting screws too much can damage the body, as there is a bevel under the front edge.
     
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  10. jeff h

    jeff h Senior Stratmaster

    Age:
    45
    Jan 13, 2017
    Ohio
    Both of my Strats are decked with 10s and only 3 springs. It works fine.
     
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  11. Thrup'ny Bit

    Thrup'ny Bit Grand Master Curmudgeon Strat-Talk Supporter

    Age:
    59
    May 21, 2010
    Sheffield, UK
    This one has been fine decked with 3 springs for the last 22 years.

    decked.jpg
     
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  12. qblue

    qblue Senior Stratmaster

    Feb 18, 2009
    Clarks Summit, PA
    I used to use all 5 springs on a 1970 Stratocaster, but the downside is that it took a lot more force to deflect the tremelo arm. The result: an uneven poorly controlled up-and-down motion. This one has a 6 point bridge.

    I removed 2 0f the springs and haven't looked back. The next Strat I bought, a 1990 Strat Ultra, came with three springs new from the factory. This one has a 2 point bridge. Both Strats have floating bridges.
     
  13. Laurence21

    Laurence21 Strat-Talk Member

    Age:
    21
    11
    Jan 11, 2019
    NY
    Do you use .010 gauge strings on your guitar?
     
  14. Thrup'ny Bit

    Thrup'ny Bit Grand Master Curmudgeon Strat-Talk Supporter

    Age:
    59
    May 21, 2010
    Sheffield, UK
    I've used everything on my guitar, from 12s to 8s.
     
  15. EC Strat-boy

    EC Strat-boy Strat-Talker Strat-Talk Supporter

    Age:
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    158
    Dec 16, 2018
    Louisville Kentucky
    Yes 10’s
     
  16. SAguitar

    SAguitar Senior Stratmaster

    Jun 28, 2014
    Oregon
    Laurence, how do you deal with those adjustment screws like that? Those things would shred my right hand.
     
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  17. Laurence21

    Laurence21 Strat-Talk Member

    Age:
    21
    11
    Jan 11, 2019
    NY
    The 2 adjustment screws where the springs are to adjust the bridge height (claw screws)? Those are a pain to adjust and I was nervous to strip a screw since they require a good amount of tension and my screwdriver was an awkward size and I had to hold it at an angle to avoid scratching the guitar