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Tremolo Setup - Springs Question

Discussion in 'Pre-CBS Strats (before 1966)' started by davidos, Dec 18, 2017.

  1. davidos

    davidos Strat-Talk Member

    56
    Apr 29, 2009
    New York
    How do you have the tremolo springs setup in your vintage Strats?

    How many springs?

    Are they original?

    What configuration? (III, /I\, IIIII, etc.)

    Floating or decked?

    Trem Claw screws even or is one side screwed in more?

    Thx!
     

  2. Dadocaster

    Dadocaster Most Honored Senior Member Strat-Talk Supporter

    III springs...and a block of wood. Works great, stays in tune. :D
     
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  3. Tomas83

    Tomas83 Strat-Talker

    442
    Jul 30, 2014
    NE in the 4 corners
    III and floating. Love it and I’m not changing that anytime soon. Oh and Trem claw evenly screwed in.
     

  4. TheDudeMan

    TheDudeMan Strat-Talker

    Age:
    39
    258
    Sep 19, 2016
    The Crossroads
    3 original springs in a w pattern with the claw tightened enough for a 1/4 step pull on the bar.
     

  5. davidos

    davidos Strat-Talk Member

    56
    Apr 29, 2009
    New York
    W pattern as in... \I/ (narrow at the block?)
     

  6. TheDuck

    TheDuck Most Honored Senior Member

    Age:
    52
    Jan 12, 2016
    Lil' Rhody
    Three springs, narrow at the claw, slight float. I do all my Strats that way, modern or vintage.
     
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  7. TheDudeMan

    TheDudeMan Strat-Talker

    Age:
    39
    258
    Sep 19, 2016
    The Crossroads
    Wide at the block /I\
     

  8. trapdoor2

    trapdoor2 Strat-Talker

    Age:
    60
    321
    Oct 25, 2017
    Nawth Alabama
    III floating. Springs from the Fender parts display at GC.
     

  9. henderman

    henderman Most Honored Senior Member

    Dec 4, 2013
    largo,fl
    I float my sets of 8's and use the bar with 3 springs straight but I do have a wood block for my PRS CE installed at this time.
     

  10. nederemer

    nederemer Strat-O-Master

    Age:
    31
    693
    Oct 25, 2017
    Somerset, Kentucky, USA.
    Floating with a whole step up, III spring configuration, claw screwed evenly.

    Have it set up this way on the vintage and two point tremolo both.
     

  11. Stratoskater

    Stratoskater Senior Stratmaster

    Age:
    42
    Feb 8, 2011
    Raleigh NC
    III with claw straight, bridge floating about 1/8 inch of the body
     

  12. sensei

    sensei Strat-Talker Gold Member

    447
    Jul 5, 2011
    Milano, Italy
    5 original springs, floating, even claw screws.
     

  13. MetalPedal

    MetalPedal Senior Stratmaster Strat-Talk Supporter

    Oct 22, 2016
    Auto-Wah, Canada
    They are all setup the same. Straight springs. Two on the side, one in the middle. Original three springs, claw is even. Bridge is floating slightly. About half what Fender recommends.
     

  14. StoogeSurfer

    StoogeSurfer Strat-O-Master

    531
    Jan 13, 2010
    USA
    Do you get the sense that there are different ways people are doing this? o_O
    I've tried all the combinations listed in this thread. What I went back to was the original 5-spring setup, with float. Part of the design most people overlook is that because they are grounded, the springs also wick away RF interference from the -back- of the guitar.

    I like the spring set from Raw Vintage. Here's some people you may know shilling for them:


     

  15. rudos1

    rudos1 Senior Stratmaster

    Aug 16, 2013
    Boston
    depends on how big the block is and how stiff the springs are. Sometimes I set it up to float with three and the outside two posts and center but if the block is really light or the springs super stiff sometimes you even have to drop down to two springs on the outside two posts...
     

  16. Mesaman

    Mesaman Strat-O-Master

    669
    Oct 20, 2014
    Mesa AZ
    3 springs narrow at the block 1/8" float.
     

  17. StillAlive&Well

    StillAlive&Well Senior Stratmaster Strat-Talk Supporter

    Age:
    60
    Oct 4, 2014
    Frog, Texas
    No.1, IIIII floating, claw angled. No.2, II II floating, claw angled.
     

  18. TangerineDog

    TangerineDog Senior Stratmaster

    Sep 5, 2015
    The EU
    Wide at the block - /I\ - and decked with multiple layers of cardboard with the Fender logo on it for extra mojo :D
    Claw screwed in as far as it would go.
    Is it original? Well, it's an original Squier VM body with an original 2016 MIM Std trem...

    Does it hold tune? Yes. Does it play well? For me, it does.
     

  19. Miotch

    Miotch Senior Stratmaster

    Age:
    56
    Jun 28, 2011
    ok
    most have 4 springs, claw fairly straight and floating trem. But if playing live, I stick in removable rubber bumpers and tighten the springs so I have down trem, but no up during playing. I do that just in case I break a string during a set.
     

  20. ripgtr

    ripgtr Senior Stratmaster

    Feb 16, 2012
    austin
    Original springs
    4, all straight (I have the 5th one in the case).
    Floating with 10s. It has been floating about 30 years now
    I did the /I\ back in the 80s or 90s with 3 springs (played 9s back then) cause I thought it looked cool. No other reason. It didn't make it work any better.
    Claw is straight. The spring pull on a big metal block, angling it isn't going to make any on the total pull put on the block, and the block ain't twisting.