MIJ Trem Block Replacement

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  1. Todd Newland

    Todd Newland New Member!

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    I’ve got an MIJ FSR classic 60s Strat and the trem arm threads have been trashed from the previous owner. Was wondering if anyone knows if these are a standard size and I could just swap out the trem block for a USA made replacement or not?
     
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  2. Guitarmageddon

    Guitarmageddon Dr. Stratster Strat-Talk Supporter

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    Welcome to the forum!! Is this a recent newer model from Japan? Not heard of a 'classic 60s' from Japan. The threads if it's a reissue should be 10-32 - but have you got photos so I can identify exactly what you have?

    Chances are if you get a different block, the tremolo hole might not be in the right spot....you may need an entire replacement, but in order to recommend anything I need pics of the bridge/guitar.....
     
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  3. Todd Newland

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    Thank you! Yeah it’s a 2016 FSR. Ah I see, thanks for your help!
     

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  4. SpeedKing

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    If the arm actually fits but you're finding it loose when you come to use it have you dropped in one of the little arm tension springs Fender produces?

    PS Lets see some pics! ... and welcome?
     
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  5. Todd Newland

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    It’s not that it’s lose, it’s the opposite and shining a light down there I can see the worn out thread, and there is a spring in there buried at the bottom that I can’t get out haha. But it’s tight the whole way
     
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  6. fezz parka

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    Change it when it is loose.

    If it ain't broke, why fix it? :D
     
  7. Todd Newland

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    It is pretty much broken, there’s minimal thread left and the arm won’t screw in the whole way
     
  8. Thrup'ny Bit

    Thrup'ny Bit Grand Master Curmudgeon Strat-Talk Supporter

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    FSR Classic Special 60s.

    @CeltRocka will probably know what you need.
     
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    It sounds like someone has replaced the original arm with one that has the wrong size and thread pitch, and in the process ruined the block. I could be mistaken, but I think what @Guitarmageddon was getting at with the pics request was for pics of the whole guitar, headstock front and rear, etc so that he could accurately identify the actual model and year you have. There are multiple variations of the Fender tremolo and quite often parts from one won't properly fit another! Best suggestion is to accurately measure the screw and string spacing and get a whole new tremolo with matching arm. Not very pricey.
    Just My $.02,
    Gene
     
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    Thrup'ny Bit Grand Master Curmudgeon Strat-Talk Supporter

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    It's a Japanese vintage tremolo unit. The model has been identified.
     
  11. fezz parka

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    So...which is it? What's above...or what's below?


    Because ..it can't be both. ;)

    Get a new block. They're cheap.
     
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    When I broke of the trem arm off in my st62, I got a new block made by a strat talk member in the UK. It was about the same price as the pre-made blocks, but he got me to take a bunch of measurements and then made an exact replica. I can't think of his user name, but I could pm you his email.
     
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