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Poor mans method of blocking trem

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  1. Sunburst413

    Sunburst413 Senior Stratmaster

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    I always used to block my trems with wood from the front yard. haha

    On this newest guitar I did not want little wood pieces breaking off inside and found a youtube video where the guy wrapped change with tape and put it to block. I did this today and it seemed to work perfect.

    Should this help sustain, just be neutral, or make it a little worse becuase of the tape. It does have the thicker block. (newer mim)

    Thanks, any thoughts on this method?
     
  2. fumbler

    fumbler PhD-Stratology

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    Oh dear, I've been blocking my trem with gold krugerrands and flawless diamonds.

    :)

    Anything solid, dense and stiff that fits the cavity should do. Coins are nice since you can mix and match various coins to fine-tune the thickness of a stack.
     
  3. ABorgDrone

    ABorgDrone Strat-Talker

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    I find that 5 springs blocks a trem off just fine. I've done this on both my strats and my PRS. That's just my opinion though.
     
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    fumbler PhD-Stratology

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    That's how you deck a trem, not block it. The difference being that a decked trem can still dive down. A blocked trem is immobilized . . . by putting a BLOCK of something in the cavity. Get it?
     
  5. Sunburst413

    Sunburst413 Senior Stratmaster

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    The thing about 5 strings is I dont have springs laying around. But I can walk out front especially living in the mountains and ge t a good piece of wood, or go to my S10 and get some change out of the console. But hey sounds good
     
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    Sunburst413 Senior Stratmaster

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    lol@ blocking the trem with diamonds, I bet there are some oil tycoons who can do that
     
  7. sam_in_cali

    sam_in_cali Scream for me Strat-Talk! Strat-Talk Supporter

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    Using change and sticks? I didn't think there was a cheaper method than this:
    [​IMG]
     
  8. Vindibona1

    Vindibona1 Most Honored Senior Member Strat-Talk Supporter

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    I tried blocking a trem with different combinations of coins. While it did not change the sustain it did make the sound brighter. I got different timbres depending on the metallurgical content of the coins... and ultimate took them out. I think the tape will dampen the excess brightness that would come with metal to metal contact.
     
  9. Namelyguitar

    Namelyguitar Most Honored Senior Member Strat-Talk Supporter

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    ^^^ This, and lowering the bridge very close to the guitar's top.
     
  10. fumbler

    fumbler PhD-Stratology

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    LOLZ! But unless that latch doohickey is somehow welded/bolted to the block, it will only prevent the trem from pulling up, NOT diving. I guess it would be helpful for re-tuning to drop-D or if you broke a string, though.
     
  11. Sunburst413

    Sunburst413 Senior Stratmaster

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    I hear what you are saying Vindibona but without the tape the change would probably scatter all over the place you know
     
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    CigBurn Most Honored Senior Member Strat-Talk Supporter

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    I would only use vintage relic coins, for the tone. :)
     
  13. carolinaeasy

    carolinaeasy Senior Stratmaster

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    So does anyone know how I can relic new nickels?
     
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    I wouldn't mod those nickels, they might be worth something some day.
     
  15. Paperback Rocker

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    Why not just deck the trem and leave the whammy bar in the case?
     
  16. stratman323

    stratman323 Dr. Stratster Strat-Talk Supporter

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    Exactly. :neutral: That's what I do - I worked out years ago that there was no advantage to physically blocking the block.

    And as for needing 5 springs to deck a trem, I usually manage it with 3. And that's using 10-52 strings.
     
  17. stratocarlster

    stratocarlster Most Honored Senior Member Strat-Talk Supporter

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    It's important to choose the right tonewood when blocking the trem. Or the right combination, if that's your thing. I find I get the most natural, organic sustain, coupled with mids so haunting I cry for mummy, from a bubinga block with a thin wenge cap.
     
  18. Inverness

    Inverness Senior Stratmaster

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    Yes, but it has to be quarter-sawn or it won't work.
     
  19. Guy Named Sue

    Guy Named Sue Basking 'neath the almighty yellow yolk Strat-Talk Supporter

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    A piece of Brazilian rosewood has the best tone, its much more superior than bubinga. Block that thing with a Brazilian rosewood piece and you will get the holy grail of sounds.
     
  20. anderz

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    I don't get it either but to each its own.

    In the 20 years of playing the same Stratocaster which to me became Blackie the partscaster the vintage tremolo system was just part of getting used to it.

    I quickly found the 3 things to do to get it to stay in tune and it has been floating since then back in the late '90s.

    1: Tighten the 2 outer screws on a vintage 6 screw bridge. Leave the other 4 loose!

    2: Fender Bullet string fits better than ball end strings period! The sound just as well and last too! + keeps it better in tune!

    3: Get the best style string guide/tree on the headstock for the B and E strings so they don't get caught and get stuck.

    Keep your strings clean! Dirt changes the tuning as well.

    I use 3 springs going straight not crossed to the claw! 10-46 strings.

    [​IMG]

    I can do Hendrix madness and still get stable tuning so why block it?
     
    Last edited: Mar 12, 2015
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