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Tremolo Setup - Springs Question

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

  1. ripgtr

    ripgtr Senior Stratmaster

    Feb 16, 2012
    I got those on one of my partsocasters. Interesting. They are a lot "looser" feeling than my vintage ones, which I thought was funny, as they talk about how they are supposed to be like the vintage ones. But I like them fine, I did find I needed 4 at least. Not as stiff as the old ones.

  2. Guitar0621

    Guitar0621 Strat-Talk Member

    May 24, 2017
    4 or 5 springs with 10s on it depending on how much play bending-- 4 have to be screwed tauter so actually are stiffer than 5. 5 with 11s or more. Floating. Springs straight and not Christmas Tree shape. Plate should be 1/8in or 3mm (or a little less, maybe) off the deck. I use a Big Stubby 3mm stuck under it to gauge the height. The tops of the saddles should be parallel with the body, although the G string saddle might have to be just a little taller than the others. Saddles should be staggered flat and not canted to the side, although maybe the Es on the ends could be slightly. 1.5-2mm action at the 12th fret.

  3. Deschain

    Deschain Strat-Talker

    Jun 23, 2017
    And that would be the only reason for doing that :D
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  4. StoogeSurfer

    StoogeSurfer Strat-O-Master

    Jan 13, 2010
    Your springs probably have "work hardened" over the years ..

  5. ripgtr

    ripgtr Senior Stratmaster

    Feb 16, 2012
    They are looser feeling than my new springs I had in that guitar before them. Kind of the consensus, if you you 3 springs and put in Real Vintage ones, you are probably going to use 4.
    The old guitar was actually decked when I got it in '76 and I played it that way for probably another 10 years. When I did start floating it, it felt pretty much the same as it does now. I don't think that is it, actually.