#1
hello!

Right now I am modifying an electric with a floating tremolo. I want to replace it with a fixed bridge, seeing as the screws for the floating bridge will not stay in the body, and I have no use for the tremolo arm anyways. I have a few choices:

-Tele/Strat Style Hardtail: http://www.guitarfetish.com/Black-Hardtail-Bridge-for-Teles-and-Strats_p_112.html

tele: http://www.guitarfetish.com/Vintage-Style-6-Saddle-Tele-Bridge-Black-on-Black_p_66.html

top mount hardtail bridge: http://www.guitarfetish.com/Top-Mount-Hardtail-Bridge-fits-Tele-Squier-51-BLACK_p_760.html

My issues are:

DO I have to change anything in order for these bridges to replace the floating one?

-My tremolo is string through. What would I have to get to allow my strings to go somewhere?
Last edited by Moose_Guitarist at May 19, 2013,
#2
1)yes, you have to replace all of that missing material
2)not if you use a stopbar/wraparound type bridge.
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#3
This is a very sticky situation.

Do you have any pictures of the bridge? This is incredibly helpful

a floating tremolo can't be string through. Is it a floyd?

Block the floyd with a block of wood or trem stopper, essentially "hard-tailing" the bridge. I use the block of wood on all of my guitars with floyds
http://i83.photobucket.com/albums/j284/JudokaUSA/0-GBC/Block_Bridge.jpg

If you're good with a jigsaw, file and router. You can cut perfectly sized pieces of wood to fill the ENTIRE cavity. You're going to need to drill string thru holes... you better have a drill press on hand to all of the drilling - it's near dead impossible to get the string thru holes straight with a hand drill.


It's going to look quite... awkward at the very least. You better know your stuff when it comes to this kind of work or else you're going to be putting yourself in a very bad position.

The top mount will work of course, but you're going to have to fill the top section of the trem cavity to have it work "optimally"


Final notes: Hard Tail it with a block. please. pretty please?
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Last edited by solidrane at May 19, 2013,
#4
Ahaha Solidrane, I would really like to go with just blocking the trem. The issue is that the screw holes at the front of the trem are not staying in, like the holes are stripped, and I do not know what to do!
#5
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You're going to need to drill string thru holes... you better have a drill press on hand to all of the drilling - it's near dead impossible to get the string thru holes straight with a hand drill.

Those bridges do warrant holes in the body and you will have to fix the cavity. and the holes don't have to be entirely straight if you're using a TOM or any other sort of string through bridge so long as they hold the strings at an angle to the bridge where it isn't too steep/gentle.

Is it a floyd style trem or a strat style? they are VERY different. Depending on which type changes what needs to be done to repair it.
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Last edited by Viban at May 19, 2013,
#6
Sorry! Its a strat style! NOT A FLOATING! I apologize for the mistake in terminology. Also, I found a way to fix the holes. I am putting toothpicks in with wood glue, and it works like a charm! Now I will just block the trem!
#7
There you go mate, I like that you figured all of that out yourself as far as fixing it. It'll be nice having you around, people who have some idea on what's going on before they post are always welcome.
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