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kaznie_NL
post Mar 23 2008, 08:53 PM
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Hello GMC,

I have a strat model guitar with a wammy bar. I've noticed that people in movies just use two fingers to push down there bar, were I need to use my whole arm strength. This is probably because of the springs on the back side of the guitar are set up badly right? If so, how can I adjust this safely

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post Mar 23 2008, 09:46 PM
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Open up the back cover and unscrew the springs slowly. Just try a little at a time untill you notice the whammy is pressed down easier.


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post Mar 25 2008, 04:36 PM
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Thnx it did work, but I'm afraid to screw the screws totally out so I only did a little bit. It worked a bit, no good for divebombs, but good enough for vibrato.


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post Mar 25 2008, 06:42 PM
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Woops tiny problem. When I use the wammy bar, it makes a beep sound. Like when plastic is scratching over something. The problem is that something hits something making a high tone noise. Anyone? I need help on this.

changes made when problem occured:

Tremolo screws changed postion (some experimenting found out that the position of the screws didn't effect the tone)
Removed the back plate.

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post Mar 25 2008, 07:13 PM
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Never heard of that problem before.. ohmy.gif


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post Mar 25 2008, 07:26 PM
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One possibility Kaznie is if the bridge isn't level the block could then be rubbing up against something when you drop the bar. That rubbing noise could be what you're hearing.

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QUOTE (kaznie_NL @ Mar 25 2008, 06:42 PM) *
Woops tiny problem. When I use the wammy bar, it makes a beep sound. Like when plastic is scratching over something. The problem is that something hits something making a high tone noise. Anyone? I need help on this.

changes made when problem occured:

Tremolo screws changed postion (some experimenting found out that the position of the screws didn't effect the tone)
Removed the back plate.


" Like when plastic is scratching over something"
Well, that would be your strings sliding up and down on the nut. This is a problem I've experienced with many cheaper guitars ( I dont know what quality guitar you've got ), the same goes for the trem bar... I got an old guitar which I totally striped down and did everything I could possibly think of with it tongue.gif. On that guitar it was also hard to dive, but it didn't matter how much I loosend the springs. It was still hard to dive it fully.

"but I'm afraid to screw the screws totally out"
Dont be afraid of the screwing the screws out, you can get them in without the many problems tongue.gif

The only help I can think off is to smoothen out the nut and maby put some oil on your bridge, maby this helps a bit to stop the squeaking unsure.gif

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post Mar 26 2008, 05:01 PM
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mmm..it's still making the noice. BTW I heard it again today. Afriend of mine has loosles handles on his bicycle. When he turns the rubber over the Iron you get the same sound. I think I'm just gonna let it as it is..i can only break more tongue.gif

I saww something on the action higering/lowering thing, and I thought let's try, no my guitar buzzes and I ended uper with higer action as before. Then this wammy thing...What wrong with me wink.gif


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post Mar 26 2008, 06:09 PM
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post Mar 26 2008, 06:21 PM
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you could remove a spring from the back, depending on your string gauge.
if you're playing 09's then you can just have two springs to give it a lighter feel. you may have to adjust the screws on the spring claw to reduce the tip up angle of your bridge. this won't fix the noise.

edit: the noise could be caused by the spring claw not being straight, so the springs pull it and it clicks on the screws. could be the springs ringing out. you can stop ringing by putting something in the back to muffle the sound, like foam or something.

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post Mar 29 2008, 10:39 AM
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QUOTE (at lights end @ Mar 26 2008, 06:21 PM) *
you could remove a spring from the back, depending on your string gauge.
if you're playing 09's then you can just have two springs to give it a lighter feel. you may have to adjust the screws on the spring claw to reduce the tip up angle of your bridge. this won't fix the noise.

edit: the noise could be caused by the spring claw not being straight, so the springs pull it and it clicks on the screws. could be the springs ringing out. you can stop ringing by putting something in the back to muffle the sound, like foam or something.


It could be the claw, and I'll try putting some cloth in the back where the springs are located. Thnx man, this realy helps

btw, my string buzzing problems solved itself tongue.gif

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