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Old 01-09-2013, 03:14 AM   #1
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cheap solution to noisy springs

So I came up with a cheap solution to dampen the noise that the springs make on a floyd rose.

Plasti dip. it works so far and greatly suppresses the annoying sound
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Old 01-09-2013, 05:34 AM   #2
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The idea sounds great, but how did you do that? O_o
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Old 01-09-2013, 11:58 PM   #3
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Heat shrink tube? Did this affect your tuning stability at all?
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Old 01-10-2013, 12:43 AM   #4
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i've never noticed any noisy springs on any of my tremolo'd guitars
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Old 01-10-2013, 03:16 AM   #5
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it is basically an elastic plastic paint, however really cool idea!
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Old 01-11-2013, 11:22 PM   #6
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Interesting! Any issues with tuning?
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Old 01-12-2013, 01:33 AM   #7
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To those asking why: Sometimes the springs resonate at particular frequencies, making unplugged playing really annoying.

About the tuning issues, I don't think it will create any as the paint layer is softer and more malleable than the strings to affect their movement in any way. However let's wait for the TS to answer that from his personal experience.

Nice idea TS!
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Old 01-12-2013, 02:54 AM   #8
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its cool, but i am unsure how it would hold up. and if it restrains the springs from returning could get it out of tune.

let us know. cool idea
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Old 01-12-2013, 04:05 AM   #9
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I've seen people use bathroom silicone to help quell the rattle.
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Old 01-12-2013, 11:46 AM   #10
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Springs are often dipped in wax to prevent unwanted vibrations, similar idea.
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Old 01-14-2013, 01:29 AM   #11
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Ok, after week of using these springs, there is a significant reduction in noise. Reducing the noise was what i was going for here but i found that it also has some draw backs.

1. The tremolo bar is harder to manipulate

2. You can't make the tremolo flutter.

other than that, it worked perfectly as planned. Tuning it is just the same as well. Also I didn't notice any sustain loss either.

I took it off because i was basically unhappy with my fr not being able to flutter like it's supposed to.

I'm going to try heat shrink tubes next and if that doesn't work then i'll just give and buy the noise canceling springs from fr upgrades
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Old 01-14-2013, 04:11 AM   #12
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Ok, after week of using these springs, there is a significant reduction in noise. Reducing the noise was what i was going for here but i found that it also has some draw backs.

1. The tremolo bar is harder to manipulate

2. You can't make the tremolo flutter.

other than that, it worked perfectly as planned. Tuning it is just the same as well. Also I didn't notice any sustain loss either.

I took it off because i was basically unhappy with my fr not being able to flutter like it's supposed to.

I'm going to try heat shrink tubes next and if that doesn't work then i'll just give and buy the noise canceling springs from fr upgrades



Try wax instead first.
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Old 01-14-2013, 05:35 AM   #13
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i've never noticed any noisy springs on any of my tremolo'd guitars


The only guitar I own that has any term noise is my ibby. It's got an edge-III. The noise is from damn thing is starting to wobble. Which is typical of cheap Floyd knock offs.

My Jackson doesn't suffer from any term noise.
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Old 01-14-2013, 03:24 PM   #14
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Slit a piece of rubber tubing about the same diameter as the springs, slide it over the spring. It doesn't restrict the spring at all.
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Old 01-14-2013, 03:52 PM   #15
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You just need to suppress vibration, right? Why not use a pad under the springs, stuck to the bottom of the route, just thick enough to touch the springs? You may want to try a resiliant but dense foam, something like mouse pad foam, sliced to the correct thickness. You could probably get away with a thin strip just contacting the middle of the springs.
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