#1
i own a squier strat (affinity not bullet) and it has 2 problems with the tremolo arm

1st when i use the tremolo arm the strings go out of tune (up and down notes) i have changed the strings to regular slinkys but i had the same problem with the strings it came with so it cant be gauge (can it?)

2nd theres a small gap between the body and the end of the tremolo system
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how do i fix these problems
You hit 'em and they get back up
I hit 'em and they stay down
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#2
It will go out of tune when you use the tremolo on it because of it being a standard bridge.
They should only really be used for very light tremolo.

If you had a locking tremolo on the other hand, you could do the craziest of dive bombs and it would stay in tune (provided it is a decent locking trem)

There is also a nifty bridge called the Evertune which is like a locking tremolo but without all the locking nonsense. It was also designed to stay in tune in terms of temperature changes as well as massive bending of strings.


To your other question, the bridge hasn't been setup properly. the strings are currently pulling the bridge forward. If you open up the back and tighten the bridge it will come back level. I can't remember the design in the back but there should be a spring system. You essentially have to pull them back (or re position the springs) in order to level out the bridge.
Last edited by zakarai at Mar 13, 2013,
#5
Tightening the screws did the trick for me thanks
You hit 'em and they get back up
I hit 'em and they stay down
- Frank Castle
#6
I use a regular strat trem and I'm able to do Eddie van halen esque divebombs with no tuning changes, granted I graphite the nut every time I play it.

tip of strat trem stuff: you must balance spring tension with string tension
#8
I never tend to divebomb I was just using it to do the vibrato on muse's knights of cydonia
You hit 'em and they get back up
I hit 'em and they stay down
- Frank Castle