#1
When I use my whammy bar to bend the note higher (as in pulling it away from the guitar) is makes a squeaking noise, as if the springs or whatever are rusty, or something like that. It might have something to do with me not using the tremolo for the first year or so that I had the guitar. It's a Mexican Fender Stratocaster, and it's the tremolo bar that came with it, the kind you can unscrew from the guitar, like this one:

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That might be pointless, and that might be the only kind of tremolo you can possibly get with a Strat, but I have no idea about tremolo bars, so I put it anyway.

Anyway, I've been told I should use the same stuff you use to fix squeaky doors on it, but I've also been told it will wreck my guitar. Can anyone tell me exactly what I should do?
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#2
Tremolo bars = whammy bars = are supposed to make funny noises! That's what they are there for. =S
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Tremolo bars = whammy bars = are supposed to make funny noises! That's what they are there for. =S

Last time I checked, they don't squeak without doin a pinch harmonic or somethin while doing them.
#4
What exactly you should do is you put sponges at the back or stuff smaller ones inside the springs. You can also try and find which are the areas that are squeaking (usually the area near the claw/trem block) and wrap insulation tape around it.
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#5
^No I think hes saying the bar itself is making a mechanical noise, one thats unintended...
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#6
sorry, but you cant pull a whammy bat on a strat tremolo up. just with a floyd rose.
#7
When I use my whammy bar to bend the note higher (as in pulling it away from the guitar) is makes a squeaking noise, as if the springs or whatever are rusty, or something like that.

Um, generally speaking you aren't supposed to be able to bend upwards with a strat trem. You can get them set them up to float and give you a half-step or so of up-pull, but if you haven't done that then the noise is your guitar complaining because you're trying to do something it can't do. They could also be the sound of something thinking about breaking.

In short, stop trying to pull up on it and it should be fine.
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#8
Squeaky?I think its your springs.
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#9
Well, from looking on google, I found that strat bridges are meant to look like this:



And mine doesn't, one end is going slightly up, enabling me to bend the whammy up. It looks something like this:





It might have already been customised by someone (It has humbuckers instead of the normal strat single-coils), so is that what you mean by set up to float? As I said before, sorry if I'm being stupid, I don't know much about bridges and floating tremolos and shit like that.

And it hasn't gone like that from tremolo abuse, it went like that before I started using the tremolo.
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#10
Does it happen when you bend the strings, Mate?
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#12
Hmn. Check where the springs attach to the block See if it's loose when you rock that tremolo. It also could be the plate grinding against the screws that attach to the body - Hence the way it's tilted. Could be rusty springs, too.

By the way, Nice guitar. =D
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