#1
I'm just wondering can I remove the trem from my Fat Strat? Would it help me get a bit more tone and sustain from it?

If so, what would be involved in changing it? Hopefully no wood work, just buying a fixed Fender bridge?
#2
There's a lot of woodwork involved in converting a trem to a fixed bridge. If you just remove the trem, you'll have a big hole where the bridge is meant to go, which you have to cover with a block of wood and so on.

I recommend just blocking the trem. Take the bar out, and put some pieces of wood in the back cavity to prevent the block from moving.

Clapton did it.
#3
Thanks, I did this a while back but removed it. I'll try it again, does it matter what kind of wood?
#5
There's some cool looking bridges on ebay, are those any good? It would be neat to throw those in for cheap. My bridge has a bit of corrosion on the saddles, a bit on the bridge itself too.

Is it possible to replace the top plate as well but keep the guts of the trem?

Something like this :
http://cgi.ebay.com/CHROME-Hardtail-Electric-Guitar-Fixed-BRIDGE-BS3_W0QQitemZ130021760804QQihZ003QQcategoryZ41407QQssPageNameZWDVWQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem

It's a "fixed" bridge though, so assuming it bolted to the trem unit (or is it one piece), there might be a hole where the whammy bar goes in usually.
#6
one piece, and its supposed to just go ontop of the body, not into it.
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#7
I don't use the trem much at all, but it's nice to have it sometimes, so I just put 5 springs in.
#8
^^ true you can do that as well...
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#9
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I don't use the trem much at all, but it's nice to have it sometimes, so I just put 5 springs in.

4 should do it.
#10
Yeah but to stop it from moving, 5 would be cool...
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#11
Without physically filling the entire trem cavity - preferably with the same wood species as the rest of the guitar - and making it a hardtail, nothing that can be done (with any practicality) will have a significant impact on your tone and sustain.
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#12
Musician's Friend is selling a bridge that converts strats to hardtails.

or you could just save money and block the trem.
#13
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Musician's Friend is selling a bridge that converts strats to hardtails.

or you could just save money and block the trem.


and with the money saved, get a new guitar. no brainer to me.