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Sticky Floating Bridge?

Discussion in 'Stratocaster Discussion Forum' started by Rex-C, Mar 26, 2020.

  1. Rex-C

    Rex-C Strat-Talk Member

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    Just got my American Standard back from the shop not too long ago getting a bone nut put in, which is lovely.

    The issue I’m having is every time I use the tremolo it seems to stick either sharp or flat depending on which direction I use it.

    There was a similar thread to this on here where someone thought it could be a sticky nut, but mine is brand new with a bit of graphite in it so I doubt that’s the cause.

    I’ve got three springs in the back and am using .008 Gibbons strings - anyone have any million dollar advice?
     
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  2. CyFan4036

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    Well, if your new nut wasn't cut properly it could still be sticking, even with graphite. Three springs are more than enough for 8's. I always cut my slots .001" larger than the string diameter I'm using.
     
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    check inside the tremolo rout. the mechanism many be rubbing the edge of the body..

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    Almost a week ago I changed my strat's string gauge from 10-46 to 8-38. Re-set the trem/bridge (Frudua method) with the same 3 parallel springs that it had previously & now I'm experiencing the same problem (it was fine with 10-46). I'm thinking with 8-38 there's not enough tension on the 3 springs (I had to back the claw out a LONG way). I'm going to try two springs to see if that remedies the problem. Cheers
     
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  5. Rex-C

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    let me know if that works!
     
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  6. Rex-C

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    could be the case but unlikely, unless the techs apprentice carved it
     
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    Are the new strings even fully stretched out yet??? Probably not.....
     
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    stretched em when I got it back first thing
     
  9. kurher

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    Check the bridge posts for straightness. Did this start happening after the setup and what else did you change?
     
  10. Rex-C

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    pretty sure it started after the setup, I had just bought it before I sent it in so I’m not totally sure.
    The only thing I did since it’s been back is adjust the action.
     
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    Will do. Seeing as we're on this COVID-19 lockdown (almost house arrest) I'll get it done today & let you know the results. Cheers
    Edit:
    I should have said "stretch" on the springs rather than tension earlier. Cheers
     
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    If the new nut is correct, I would insist on the bridge studs.
    They can be unequal in height, bent or the knife-edges on the bridge might be worn out.
     
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    interesting, I’ll check that tonight.
     
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    After first tightening the claw screws a good amount I removed the center spring & re-set the trem using the Frudua method (2 point trem). It is much better now (I just gave it a good hour & half work-out). Typically after heavy use the bar will need a slight nudge either upward or downward (depending on last direction of use) to get it to return exactly to pitch, but with normal use this isn't needed. The same was the case with the 10-46's, & I think with most non locking trem bridges. A couple of things, I use a nut lubricant & I don't run the strings under the string trees. Cheers
     
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    winner winner chicken dinner.

    thanks!
     
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