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post Jul 26 2010, 11:45 PM
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Hi there,

Lately I have been using my tremolo bar on my strat a bit more and for a mysterious reason it doesn't stay in place anymore. In the past while I was tightening it I was able to move it and it was staying in place. Now It only stay in place when it is really tight and right over my strings. I don't know how to fix that on a Strat since it is a screw. On my other guitar with a Floyd Rose I have used some piping tape in the past and it was working. I don't kow what to do with the Strat.

How do you make your bar stay in place ???


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post Jul 27 2010, 01:19 AM
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Strange, my floyd rose on my Ibanez RG has an allen screw and it stays in place fine. huh.gif


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post Jul 27 2010, 03:06 AM
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These two examples are totally different designs. As CD has said, it's just a screw. The answer is that unless you can coat the threading of the bar with something (NOT RECOMMENDED) there's really no good safe way to increase the friction.

The good news is that you can play just fine with it loose like that. Take a look at Shawn Lane:



Shawn's bar is more like Fireballl's here, but he keeps it loose in its collar so that he can play with it barely caught in his right hand. There's some really amazing technique available if you get used to that.


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post Jul 27 2010, 04:01 AM
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I know I can play like this but I really prefered my tremolo bar when it was holding in place.... It is not easy to pick it up quick when the bar is entirely relying on gravity.


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post Jul 27 2010, 01:09 PM
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QUOTE (Crazy_Diamond @ Jul 26 2010, 10:01 PM) *
It is not easy to pick it up quick when the bar is entirely relying on gravity.


buy a new bridge or risk gumming up the socket. or watch the video again, he never really lets go of the bar when he plays, just keeps it contained with spare fingers.


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post Aug 8 2010, 06:45 PM
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Try another bar, they are not that expensive. I would also recommend that you examine the screw part of the bar in detail - it might be that the bar could crack. Happened to me once. They need replacement from time to time. If you are frequent whammy user, think of a bar as an expendable gear piece.
In worst case, you will have to change the bridge block.


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post Aug 9 2010, 09:43 AM
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Here's one tip : on the arm screw thread you could use a small piece of PTFE / Teflon used in plumbing applications .


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post Aug 9 2010, 01:59 PM
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Hi Crazy diamond,
I have had several strats and what works are Tremelo tension arm springs.
My Malmsteen strat had one and it never moved. I also have two other strats because I play Hank Marvin and Shadows stuff and the trem arms are in use continually and never have any trouble with them. The just drop in the hole where the arm fits.
http://www.stringsdirect.co.uk/products/48...tension_spring_
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post Aug 9 2010, 02:35 PM
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The whammy bar on my Ibanez GRG170DX has always been hanging.Never actually knew that it was supposed to be holding in place huh.gif ohmy.gif


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