#1
Hey.
So, I'm an idiot. I must have screwed my whammy bar too far in and it is now stuck. When I felt it tighten at first I immediately turned it anti-clockwise (counter-clockwise for you Americans), but it just made it worse. It's now completely stuck and if I force it anymore it'll probably snap or break the whole guitar. Any ideas? Being a novice, I'm not took keen on opening the back but I'll do it if someone assures it's okay to do so.

BTW: I have a Squier strat.

Thanks!
#2
If it is stuck that hard then what I would do is remove the strings, remove the bridge and use a lubricant like washing up liquid or something similar to try and loosen it.

You could do this without removing the bridge but you risk either damaging or blemishing the finish.
#3
Quote by Random3
If it is stuck that hard then what I would do is remove the strings, remove the bridge and use a lubricant like washing up liquid or something similar to try and loosen it.

You could do this without removing the bridge but you risk either damaging or blemishing the finish.


Bit too late now... Decided to man up and put some muscle into it... and it snapped clean off. Gonna take it to a shop.
#4
Quote by smartypants857
Bit too late now... Decided to man up and put some muscle into it... and it snapped clean off. Gonna take it to a shop.

Well, at least you learned your lesson, I hope?
#5
Well, the good news is that you're definitely not the first person to snap off a trem arm. Bad news is that they're probably not going to be able to drill out the bar without stripping the soft zinc of the block.

A new block and trem arm from guitar fetish are a cheap fix, and actually an upgrade when you're done.
#6
Quote by Roc8995
Well, the good news is that you're definitely not the first person to snap off a trem arm. Bad news is that they're probably not going to be able to drill out the bar without stripping the soft zinc of the block.

A new block and trem arm from guitar fetish are a cheap fix, and actually an upgrade when you're done.


Yeah, I'll probably go with this. Any recommendations on what to get? Thanks.
#7
Recommendation? Get the one that's spaced right for your trem plate
Check the model of your squier, but I think your only option is an import block and a 10-32 bar.
#8
Here.
http://www.guitarfetish.com/Import-105mm-Spaced-Brass-Tremolo-Block_p_1146.html

or in steel
http://www.guitarfetish.com/Solid-Steel-Tremolo-Block-Fits-Most-IMPORT-Tremolos_p_688.html

I'd go with brass, personally. It will sound better. And those squiers usually need all the help they can get.
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#9
Might as well buy a new guitar. Squires are trash.
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#10
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Might as well buy a new guitar. Squires are trash.


Well you're very kind aren't you. Knobhead.
#11
Get one that has the 'righty tighty/lefty loosey' thing molded in.

That wasn't a dig.

I can't count the number of times when I've nearly broken something off because I've screwed it way too hard.
#12
Man, I went one step further than you. I screwed the bar on my first guitar (also a Squier strat, as it turns out) in so tight that it went THROUGH the end of the block.

I don't like the screw in bars. Push ins are much nicer. Unfortunately, they're more expensive to make too.
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#13
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#14
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Man, I went one step further than you. I screwed the bar on my first guitar (also a Squier strat, as it turns out) in so tight that it went THROUGH the end of the block.

I don't like the screw in bars. Push ins are much nicer. Unfortunately, they're more expensive to make too.


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