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Discussion in 'Stratocaster Discussion Forum' started by Aron den Ouden, Oct 12, 2019.

  1. Aron den Ouden

    Aron den Ouden New Member!

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    My parents got me a fender stratocaster for my birthday a couple years ago (pictures provided). I recently bought a tremolo arm for a 'standard fender stratocaster' but it didn't fit.

    A want to know which one I should buy (I want a Fender one).

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  2. vid1900

    vid1900 Most Honored Senior Member

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    American strats generally have 10-32 threads on the tremolo

    Mexican stats have 5mm threads

    If the guitar was purchased used, all bets are off; because people often swap all the cheap Mexican parts onto a guitar before selling it.

    Take your guitar into your local 'mom & pop' hardware store and see if a 5mm bolt or a 10-32 bolt threads into the hole.
     
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    Is there any other way to know the size of the hole?


    I've tried putting bolt threads into the hole, but since I live in europe, I only had 5mm and 6mm to try. The one that fitted was the 6mm.
    Because there wasn't a tremolo bar with 6mm for my specific guitar, I haven't bought one yet.
    Also I wanted to make sure I was getting the right one.
     
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    Stratwrangler Strat-Talker

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    Yeah kinda answered your own question there op
     
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    Looks like they bought you a 70s strat for your first guitar . Now that's cooled
     
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    I'd like to see pics of the whole guitar as it's an unusual combination of elements.

    '68-'71 decal on a large headstock (correct) but with two string trees, a single ply rather than 3 ply guard, neither bent steel nor the '70s die cast saddles and modern tuners....

    As said if it's been modified already no telling whats on there other than by fitting and giving it a try. A good hardware store should still be able to find you screws with imperial measurements. Be cautious as some sizes appear correct until you try and screw them all the way in when you realise you're actually stripping threads.....
     
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    Is it just me, or is there something wrong with that truss rod hole? And the saddles on the bridge don’t look like fender. And check out those pole pieces. @Guitarmageddon should take a look at these photos. @Aron den Ouden , can you provide a pic of the serial number?

    Decal on top of the finish, tuners don’t look right. I don’t think this is a Fender.
     
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  10. Thrup'ny Bit

    Thrup'ny Bit Grand Master Curmudgeon Strat-Talk Supporter

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    It's not a Fender of any kind. It's a generic, probably Chinese, copy with a fake decal. It will be either 5 or 6mm thread, most likely 5mm.
     
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    Yup, it's a late 90s Affinity Squier Strat with trapezoid tuners, and fake Fender logo.....

    @Aron den Ouden - you probably need a 5mm or 6mm metric tremolo arm. Bring your guitar to a local shop, they usually have a bunch of arms lying around to try and see what fits....
     
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    Hope his parents didn't get stung thinking it was genuine
     
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