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« on: November 09, 2005, 02:49:00 AM »

Last week I was trying a heavier gauge of strings for a Fender Squire I have.

After putting on the heavier gauge strings, specifically D'Addario XL .013-.056 nickel wound Jazz Medium gauge set, during tuning I noticed the tremelo bridge-bar really pulling forward what to me seemed excessive, but I don't really know. Does anyone have any experience with heavier strings on this make of guitar?

Seems like these shouldn't be too heavy and the tension should not be too great, but with the way the tremelo action was really pulling forward, thought I'd just kick it around a bit.

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« Reply #1 on: November 09, 2005, 03:16:00 AM »

Oh yeah, even a set one guage higher will throw a Strat's trem outta whack!!!
Take off the back plate and expose the springs. Tighten the claw that's screwed into the body till the bridge goes back where you like it.
LOOSEN THE STRINGS FIRST!!!!!
 I use 0.10's om my strat and don't use the trem arm. I tighten the bridge down as far as it can go so it's almost like a hardtail.
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« Reply #2 on: November 09, 2005, 03:16:55 AM »

You'll need to either add a spring to the unit and also screw the claw in some more.? is this a 2 point trem or a 6 screw trem?If you need help call me 10-6 EST at the shop.
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« Reply #3 on: November 09, 2005, 09:04:30 PM »

13s on a Squier!!  Is there some reason why you want such heavy cables on a guitar that is designed to work best with 8s to 11s?  Even if you adjust the trem to take them, you will be putting some serious pull on the neck that will likely eventually result in its bowing up on you making the action on the fretboard uncomfortably high.
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« Reply #4 on: November 12, 2005, 12:15:42 AM »

That's what I was hoping, that either adjusting the screws, claws, and getting it to behave almost like a fixed bridge. My apologies for posting then not following up,...let me count the time I've needed to spend at work this week.....whew, I'm glad it's Friday! I might give you a call Unclrb.

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« Reply #5 on: November 12, 2005, 12:16:18 AM »

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« Reply #6 on: November 12, 2005, 12:19:18 AM »

Is either adding a spring, and/or tightening the screws, or "blocking" or securing the tremelo ever done? It seems like I've read about "blocking" a trem into a perm position...but I'm just learning as we go.

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« Reply #7 on: November 12, 2005, 02:43:14 AM »

Blocking is done a lot.Clapton has his bridge blocked.If your trying to loose the vibrato fully spring the bridge.To block it also I use a piece of mahogany sanded to fit very snuggly,then replace the trem cover.
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« Reply #8 on: November 18, 2005, 01:07:54 AM »

Blocking is done a lot.Clapton has his bridge blocked.If your trying to loose the vibrato fully spring the bridge.To block it also I use a piece of mahogany sanded to fit very snuggly,then replace the trem cover.

Thanks unclrob. That sounds like a good method. I was thinking, would it be harmful to the tone to install some type of material to block the trem.....and your answer of using mahogany sounds (no pun intended.....really) like the answer.
I recall reading somewhere that Clapton blocked his, now that you mention it.

A question though,...where does one get a block of mahogany?

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« Reply #9 on: November 18, 2005, 03:14:30 AM »

A wood store might have some.I got a piece of that was ment for a floor 4" wide and 1/2" thick.If you can't find any PM me and I'll send you some.Check with some local wood worker's any piece of hardwood will do.I have a guy who brings me scraps of all sorts of wood.
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« Reply #10 on: November 19, 2005, 12:27:50 PM »

Thanks for the guidance. I'll look around here at the wood stores and furniture repair stores, etc. I guess Lowes might even have....
Any special blades for a jig or skil saw? or does it cut OK with average blades. I've got a paneling blade, fine teeth, and medium teeth blades.

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« Reply #11 on: November 19, 2005, 04:37:47 PM »

Saw!!!! I just use my belt sander.




A med tooth blade shoud do it.
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