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Old 04-20-2007, 05:44 PM   #1
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Is my tremolo too tight?

I've been playing my Squier Strat more often now because of the sweet GFS pickups I just dropped in it, and I've been noticing, especially after playing an Ibanez JS1000, that the tremolo is awfully hard to use. It takes quite a bit to get the arm to move at all. Should I have the springs adjusted (or take a few of them off, there are 5) or are all Fender tremolos like this?
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Old 04-20-2007, 05:48 PM   #2
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most tremolos on cheap guitars are like that, go to a shop and ask them about it
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Old 04-20-2007, 05:50 PM   #3
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You can do it yourself, actually. Just open up the back and loosen the screws holding the springs to the body. Just make sure you keep the guitar in tune, and you'll have to check the intonation afterwards.
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Old 04-20-2007, 05:54 PM   #4
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Get the shop to do it. They probably won't charge and it's better seeing as they know what they're doing.
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Old 04-20-2007, 06:03 PM   #5
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ive played a squier strat, my brother got one years ago. i play a Jackson RR3 (ya randy rhoads is the ****ing man!!!) and the difference in tremolos is HUGE. the squier tremolos dont spin like a good model guitar. they get tight like a screw. on more expensive models hang and turn.
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Old 04-20-2007, 06:05 PM   #6
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A vintage tremolo is always going to be tighter feeling than a floyd type end of... especially ibanez ones they are the most responsive floyd types i've used..
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Old 04-20-2007, 08:47 PM   #7
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its probably because you have all 5 springs. i have a guitar with a vintage tremolo like that with only 3 springs, quite comfortable tension IMO.
and to the guy who said more expensive tremolos hang loosly and thats better....
mine does that and i HATE it, i ended up having to wrap it in tape so it doesnt hang so loosly
anyway if you look at steve vai playing many of his guitars have a stiff whammy bar and he uses a MUCH better tremolo then the RR3
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Old 04-20-2007, 08:55 PM   #8
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Yeah, my notsomuchofafriend has a Squier strat and the whammy bar really blows. I told him to loosen the whammy bar a REALLY long time ago, and now its too the point that you can't looosen it. It'll spin like 45 degrees if you force it...

Squiers suck. The higher end one's are alright, my other friend has one and the whammy on that actually is nice.
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Old 04-20-2007, 09:00 PM   #9
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5 springs in the back of the guitar is far better than having three because more tension allows the tremolo to go back to it's original position after the bends allowing it to stay in tune a little better (Stevie Ray Vaughn). Tremolo's in general are very sensitive to any kind of movement and usually even the best Tremolo's (Floyd Rose) need extra care and attention. You really need to have a fine tuned ear and alot of patience for Tremolo's. Usually on Squier guitar's it is best to tighten the screws down in the back where the springs are and just not use the tremolo because of all the intonation and tuning problems associated with these guitar's and the tremolo. Your best bet is to take it in to get it fixed if it's bothering you.
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Old 04-20-2007, 09:09 PM   #10
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ive played a squier strat, my brother got one years ago. i play a Jackson RR3 (ya randy rhoads is the ****ing man!!!) and the difference in tremolos is HUGE. the squier tremolos dont spin like a good model guitar. they get tight like a screw. on more expensive models hang and turn.



........... I don't really see the point of comparing an RR3 and a Squier and then telling us that the trem on the RR3 is better. But maybe thats just me
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