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  • Can't keep in tune when using the Fender vintage tremolo

    I love my 62 reissue Strat. I really do. But I can't keep it in tune when I use the tremolo. And by the way using is an overstatement. I only gently caress is ala Gilmour and never dive.

    I've got he Strat set up according to Fender specs - 1/8'' off the body, 3 springs, both nut and saddles well lubed. The guitar plays in perfect tune when bending, but as soon as I tap the tremolo, the whole thing goes out of whack.

    This is what happens:
    Let's say the guitar is in tune.
    I tap the tremolo and B and G strings go sharp, D string goes flat.
    I then bend a few notes on the B and G srings and they both go flat. whereas the D returns to its original position more or less.

    I could have lived with going sharp when using the tremolo if the post tremolo bend was to restore the original tuning, but going flat with the post tremolo bend just makes the whole thing unusable.

    Any suggestions?

  • #2
    Your nut needs attention...sounds like the strings are binding in the nut. Use some lubrication in the nut slots, or have them filed properly.
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    • #3
      Nobody can. Floyd that mother****************er.

      (in all seriousness, nut lubrication is your friend)

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      • #4


        and/or

        GraphTech
        Axe-Fx Ultra

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        • #5


          and/or

          GraphTech


          Well, this is the exact product that I am using now and the nut is perfect - it was retro fitted. I think there is something going on at the bridge, but I just can't get it to work correctly.

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          • #6
            Well, this is the exact product that I am using now and the nut is perfect - it was retro fitted. I think there is something going on at the bridge, but I just can't get it to work correctly.


            Everything you describe says "nut problem"

            Why do you say the nut is perfect?
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            • #7
              Well, this is the exact product that I am using now and the nut is perfect - it was retro fitted. I think there is something going on at the bridge, but I just can't get it to work correctly.


              i thought this was a joke, hahahah
              big nut bends...
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              • #8
                Everything you describe says "nut problem"



                I take your word for it, but a new bone nut was cut and installed by a pro luthier only last year....

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                • #9
                  I take your word for it, but a new bone nut was cut and installed by a pro luthier only last year....


                  Even pro Luthers screw up sometimes

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                  • #10
                    Have you changed string gauge recently? Perhaps that...
                    You have teh string treez? What type of tension for the trem springs? Maybe need a bit o tightening. Tho' as other mention, seems the nut has the issue.
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                    • #11
                      Have you tried setting it up like this.

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                      • #12
                        Your nut needs attention...sounds like the strings are binding in the nut. Use some lubrication in the nut slots, or have them filed properly.


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                        • #13
                          Turn the 4 middle trem screws counterclockwise for 1/2 or 3/4 a turn if you haven't done already

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                          • #14
                            Turn the 4 middle trem screws clockwise for 1/2 or 3/4 a turn if you haven't done already



                            Don't you mean counter clockwise?
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                            • #15
                              yes of yourse I corrected it

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