#1
I have a 2007 American Standard Strat that I am trying to setup. Im guessing my bridge is a two-pivot model as suggested below. So if I want the bridge to float freely then I would not mess with the pivot screws? Im using heavy gauge (.013-.056) strings so I would need 5 springs I am told? So basically I detune the guitar until the bridge sits with 3.2 mm gap above the body? Then I adjust claw screws until it sits there in place while tuning as I go?


For a two-pivot model such as the American Series bridge, use your tremolo arm to pull the bridge back flush with the body and adjust the two pivot screws to the point where the tremolo plate sits entirely flush at the body (not lifted at the front or back of the plate).

Allowing the bridge to float freely (no tension on the tremolo arm) using the claw screws in the tremolo cavity, adjust the bridge to your desired angle—Fender spec is a 1/8" (3.2 mm) gap at rear of bridge. You'll need to retune periodically to get the right balance between the strings and the springs. If you prefer a bridge flush to the body, adjust spring tension to equal string tension, while the bridge rests on the body (you may want to put an extra 1/2 turn to each claw screw to ensure that the bridge remains flush to the body during string bends). Caution: Do not over-tighten the springs, as this can put unnecessary tension on the arm during tremolo use. Finally, you may wish to apply a small dab of Chapstick® or Vaseline® at the pivot contact points of the bridge for very smooth operation.
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#3
connecting to the one claw? and how do u adjust those saddles? that is what controls the action right? it looks like a small allen wrench that i dont have...
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#4
shouldn't I be tightening the screws in order to lower the bridge? as I am loosening them the bridge is pullin towards the neck of the guitar.
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#5
3.When at last your trem is floating, you need to set the tip up angle-the distance between the end of the tremolo and the top side of the body. The gap should be around 3mm. To set this, adjust the tremolo claw, tightening the screws if the gap is more than 3mm, loosening them if its less than 3mm.

I cant tighten the screws anymore so I will need 5 springs then right?
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