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How to prevent a synchronized tremolo bridge from lifting

Turn the guitar over so the bottom is visible. There should be a plastic panel held on with screws. Undo the screws and take the panel off. Inside, there should be springs that connect the bridge and ...
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Fender Strat tremolo arm at an odd angle

Randomly came across this via websearch. The angle you see coming out of the trem block is normal for vintage-era and vintage-repro trem blocks. It's drilled at an angle on purpose so that when put in ...
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How to fix springs noise on guitar with whammy bar?

I'd be inclined to find a bit of plastic tubing - for aquarium use, or similar, that fits over the claws that hold the springs. Take springs off, add tubing, cut to length, replace springs. Ought to ...
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Transporting Stratocaster and tremolo arm?

Some Strat. guitars have a small spring which is there to put tension on the bar itself - which is often quite loose in the thread. O.k., some players like it to swing down, but the point is that when ...
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Transporting Stratocaster and tremolo arm?

I would take it off. I don't think it'll do much harm to your guitar if you leave it on, but your guitar is likely to be more out of tune when you get it out of the case. (Floating bridges are always ...
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Comparing different trem systems

The only advantage inherent in the Floyd Rose system itself is that it is "double locking". This simply means the string is locked at the bridge and the nut. With non-locking tremolo systems,...
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Install new strings on guitar with whammy bar

Don't do anything at all about it until all 6 strings are on. Increasing string tension will cure many apparent ills. A floating tremelo is just that - floating. It will not sit in place until all the ...
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Bowed single string instrument with lever?

You seem to be talking about a Brownie Bass: a wooden box with a thick neck, similar in size to an upright bass. The single string is fastened at the butt, passes over a bridge, and the other end is ...
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Bowed single string instrument with lever?

Made one! It's...pretty rough. And I don't have a bow. And it's harder to control than I hoped. And you guys are right; it only has about an octave of feasible ...
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Bowed single string instrument with lever?

As pointed out, a washtub bass is what you are thinking of: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Washtub_bass Though the most common way to play it is to pluck the string, I have seen it played with a cello ...
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influence of the bridge on how much a guitar "chugs"

Assuming your Pickups on the jacksons match the EMG-81 in the BC Rich, your issue is likely hand position and you've trained yourself where to place it naturally on your preexisting floyds. Learn the ...
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Edge Zero II tremolo not parallel to the guitar body

Here is the answer I found out at my own cost, at least this is the only way I could properly set up low action. The key was the angle of the bridge! I've been having issues with the EZ II since I ...
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Fender Strat tremolo arm at an odd angle

The vibrato sytem that Leo put onto his Strats in particular work on a balance system. The tension of the strings pull one way, while the springs inside the body counteract that by pulling opposite. ...
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Tremolo Bar for Fender USA Stratocaster

Visit the Fender website and you'll see a large selection of tremolo bars for different guitars and years. Remember to buy the small spring as well (keeps the arm in the place you want it to stay). ...
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Floyd Rose action way too low

I don't know what caused the issue, but I know one possibe solution: you might have to loosen the springs at the back. Ideally the tension of the springs at the back should exactly balance the one ...
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Install new strings on guitar with whammy bar

1st rule - don't take off all strings - change them one at a time. That way, the balance between the springs and the strings will remain not-too-bad. 2nd rule - don't adjust anything else until the ...
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How do I fix frets rattling on new Floyd Rose guitar?

Fret rattle is usually caused by a problem with the action. Either the neck relief is too little or the saddles are too low or both. As ggcg and Tim suggest, you can take it back to Guitar Center, ...
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Left-handed tremolo on a right-handed Jazzmaster

Looks like you are going to have to strip the mechanism off the guitar, and see for yourself if it's symmetrical. If yes, it's good to go. If not, then it's out with the router. No big deal either way,...
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Left-handed tremolo on a right-handed Jazzmaster

There are plenty of technical drawings for guitar routings on the Internet, and they all agree that the routing for standard Jazzmaster tremolo cavity is symmetrical. It might be worth it to check ...
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influence of the bridge on how much a guitar "chugs"

Since you have already switched out pickups, it doesn't sound like they are the issue. Going by experience, I think the bridge is the issue. A floating bridge (like a Kahler or a Floyd Rose) will ...
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Adjusting Floyd Rose Action - Bridge is Lower On Treble Side

Since the treble strings are thinner in gauge, they won't need as much room to vibrate, so, yes, they can be set lower than the thicker bass strings, on most guitars with adjustable saddles.
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Can't properly set up floating bridge in strat

There are systems like the Steinberger Trans-Trem that are supposed to allow a chord to be in tune through a dive-bomb, but for the Stratocaster, it isn't in the cards. In a video for Musicians ...
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Can't properly set up floating bridge in strat

If you're hoping to get all strings to stay in tune with each other whenn playing a chord (E major pulling up to F major, and dropping down to E♭ major when the vib. is pressed), forget it. You can ...
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What kinds of vibrato arms do what’s described in this video?

As @ToddWilcox says, that is an advertised feature of the Steinberger Transtrem, but for the life of me, that looks like a Kahler bridge, which was Betamax to the Floyd Rose's VHS in the 80s. They ...
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Install new strings on guitar with whammy bar

It is common to put something under the back of the Floyd Rose bridge to fight the springs while changing strings. I wouldn't go as far as "one string at a time" -- I'm a hardtail guy who ...
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How long should it take for my Floyd Rose to go back in tune? Also, does the bridge need to be 100% parallel?

A properly set up Floyd Rose type bridge should almost immediately return to in-tune. With a standard set up the bridge is usually parallel or nearly parallel to the body. It sounds like you need to ...
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How can I fix rattling tremolo?

Take the bar off - does it stop? Most common cause is the actual whammy bar rattling in its thread. Fix is a few turns of PTFE tape on the thread before you screw it in, available from any hardware/...
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How do I fix frets rattling on new Floyd Rose guitar?

I do most of my own setup these days and have been for a few years. When I first started doing it I found a book with step by step instructions and procedures written by Dan Erlewine that do a pretty ...
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How to fix springs noise on guitar with whammy bar?

I had the same issue with a Wilkinson strat trem and thought it was a ground issue. I put a thin sheet of foam from the packing the came in a fender pickup box under the springs in the cavity and the ...
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