My guitar's bridge seems to be lifted up. I tried to tighten the bracket screws in order to pull the springs tighter and lower the bridge again, it works but when I tune the strings up the bridge will liftenter image description here again up. I also tried to set the outer two springs diagonally in order to increase the tension but it doesn't work. The tremolo arm seems too stiff.

How can I prevent the tremolo bridge from lifting?

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  • New strings? Same gauge? Same tuning? Suddenly happened?
    – Tim
    Feb 29, 2020 at 9:27
  • This happened to me when I switched to a Heavier Gauge. Mine had 3 Back Springs and I added another to make them 4 and my problem was solved. Feb 29, 2020 at 9:32
  • It didn't happen suddenly. I never did any setting to the guitar. I've been playing in this condition for a long time.
    – gioretikto
    Feb 29, 2020 at 9:34

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Basically, a Strat trem is a primitive floating bridge.

It uses the balance between string tension at the front & spring tension at the back to maintain equilibrium.

Equilibrium is not usually flat to the body, otherwise the trem could only be pushed, not pulled.

Now, of course, the resting position of the bridge is up to you. If you want it flatter you can have it flatter. Personally, I screw mine flat to the deck & never touch it… but that's just me.

If you want it to have a little float, then you first set your tension how you like it, then adjust your string height to suit the neck action.

From the photo of the rear, I can see you've got the springs set for maximum tension, so if you want any more, you need to add springs or tighten the two screws that go into the body. Looks like you've another half inch to play with - but it's going to be pretty stiff tightened up as far is it will go. You may need to re-consider whether you want less play in it overall by tightening the 6 screws [out of sight in your pic] in front of the bridge pieces.

Whichever way you decide to go, always slacken tension off everything first & reset after adjustment. Don't try just brute-fore hauling against a tuned set of strings; same as truss-rod adjustment, take some of the fight out of it rather than break something. It's very much trial & error & you'll have to adjust string height & probably intonation a few times before you're happy.

  • Just a point, but I believe the original design "strat tremolo" from 1954 did only go one way, and considering the design of the current strats where the action height range of the neck set is generally only in range when the bridge is set flat, I think that's the default position. I have an old spec and setup sheet from Fender in a file somewhere. If I can find it I'll post an answer with the info. It was a few years later that Fender came out with the "floating tremolo" that allowed movement both directions. Not that you can't set it up however you like... Mar 1, 2020 at 19:49

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