My guitar is a Schecter Hellraiser C1-FR with an official floyd rose. A little while ago, I got this problem where the arm would swing loosely instead of tightening to the point where it stays in place. Even when I tighten the nut around the arm all the way, it swings loose. I took it to Guitar Center (where I bought the guitar) and the manager told me he thinks perhaps the inside of the nut on the arm became stripped or worn. He gave me a new arm free of charge, and it was working well again. But a week or so later, the problem returned.

I have no idea what to do. It's not like the floyd rose is unusable now, but sometimes it's convenient to have the arm stay in place wherever you turn it. Does anyone have an idea of how I can fix this problem? It's a bit disappointing, because I was expecting to have no problems with the official floyd.

Any help is appreciated. Thanks in advance.
Hmm. I vote use gum.

Kidding I have no idea. I normally just let my arm hang, it looks bad ass.
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if you over tighten the arm, it'll strip down the screws, so keep it semi loose and don't tighten it to where it stays still even if you flick it slightly
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Does anyone know if it's more likely to be the bridge screw that's stripped or the arm that's stripped? It could be both. It's strange that the problem came again so quickly after replacing the arm. I have no idea how much replacing that one piece of the bridge would cost... The bridge's screw appears to be fine when I examine it, but I can't really get a good look at the inside of the arm's nut.

Can't really do the cool flutter effect so well with it being this loose, haha. Hope I can get a permanent fix. Has no one else had this problem?
I know what you're talking about, and that's not the kind of problem I'm having. Everything on the bridge itself seems completely stable - it doesn't wobble around like it would if I needed to tighten that screw. It's the tremolo arm that won't stay in place.
put some tape on the arm to make it wider by just a hair and then put it bakc in the little hole thingy thats what i did back way when i had a FR ibanez
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Do me a favor, try and dive/lift the trem and see if it has Made in Germany on it. If it doesn't, it's one of these new Korean ones.

Now, as for fixing it, try putting some teflon tape around the threads since I take this is a screw in type. You may be able to adjust the socket it goes into, but I can't remember exactly how.
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It's not like the floyd rose is unusable now, but sometimes it's convenient to have the arm stay in place wherever you turn it. Does anyone have an idea of how I can fix this problem?
Any help is appreciated. Thanks in advance.

not sure if this is any help, but whenever i have this problem with a floyd i get a clickable ballpoint pen such as a parker, take the spring from near the nib and drop it into the hole in the bridge where the arm goes. If you are doing this you may need to shorten the spring a little bit, if you use a parker it will be the perfect length though.
Anyway ill stop bangin' on now and let you get on with it. hope ive helped
If you have a Floyd Rose licensed tremolo with a threaded arm, you should have a small brass screw threaded into the opposite side of the tremolo bar insert (the port for the arm). Take off the backing plate to expose the cavity and you should see a small screw on the same end of the tremolo block as the tremolo bar insert. Remove the screw and inspect the insert port from both sides. Dust from screwing and unscrewing the arm repeated can build up in the insert and cause the mechanism inside to freeze up. Sometimes, just gently pushing a thin screwdriver in there and lightly turning it can free it up. If so, you'll see the position change from when you inspected it above. Once it's free, your arm should thread properly. Give it a few turns and then replace the brass screw, replace the backing plate, and you should be good to go.
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