#1
are they supposed to be hard to push down??? I just got my strat set up from best buy, and they told me just to twist the tremolo bar into that bridge hole and i'm good to go. However, that thing is damn hard to press down. Is it how it's supposed to be?
#3
not if it feels your gonna bend the bar.How many springs you got? they might have it locked.
#5
Quote by icecoldstar
there are 4 springs in the back. How many do I need to take out?

Loosen, not take out.
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#6
I also have the same whammy bar problem. My electric guitar has vintage style tremolo bridge as Fender Strat. When I push down my whammy bar it feels really hard, and I do not get whammy bar effect. There are 3 springs in the back of my guitar. My question is how to properly set up a vintage style bridge to use whammy bar? Can anyone do a decent tutorial on this?
Last edited by stranger_23 at Mar 11, 2012,
#7
don't rush into this. read the set up thread in this forum to get an appreciation of how to set up a floating bridge, if indeed that is what you want.

you trem bar may be a screw in type or a push fit. fender strats come in either variety.
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#9
My guitar has Vintage Style Bridge,not floating bridge "Floyd Rose" and I am sure it supports vibrato/whammy bar. So obviously, the method of setting up a Vintage Style Bridge will be different than floating bridge set up method. All I need, is a little help form you people about properly setting up vintage style bridge to use whammy bar.
#11
Quote by stranger_23
My guitar has Vintage Style Bridge,not floating bridge "Floyd Rose" and I am sure it supports vibrato/whammy bar. So obviously, the method of setting up a Vintage Style Bridge will be different than floating bridge set up method. All I need, is a little help form you people about properly setting up vintage style bridge to use whammy bar.



Fender style "vintage" bridges are supposed to float, although some players prefer them pulled down solid on the body. I've always set mine to float, following Fender's instructions. Here is the link to Fender's website where it goes through the setup. http://www.fender.com/support/articles/stratocaster-setup-guide

There are also a bunch of other websites and youtubes that show how it's done. Here are a couple:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jdinjw5V2bk&feature=related

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mM8-StHlnJw&feature=related


You'll want to remove one of your springs. Adjust the claw screws so that when the guitar is tuned, the bridge plate is about 1/16" (1 - mm) off the body. You'll have to tune up... adjust the screws. tune up..... adjust the screws several times, because every time you move the screws it affects the tuning.