I was chatting with my good mate Manse the other day about Fender trems and he mentioned the little spring that (nominally) lives in the trem arm socket. The standard owner's manual makes reference to it, helpfully adding that you'll need to stick some tape over the hole to avoid losing the spring in transit.
I don't think I've ever seen one or played a Strat with one in place.
Manse has used an eraser off the top of a pencil to stop his trem wobbling about and I guess I'm going to do the same.
Has anyone here actually managed to retain their little spring? Does anyone have any other recommendations for stopping that clunky arm wobble?
My current Mex and my old US standard had one when they were new.....They had little sticky label over the hole......However, I never ever use the trem, so I took the springs out and stored them safely in a place where I would never ever find them again......
Surely it wouldn't adversely affect the price if Fender were to attach the spring to the bottom of the wee hole in some way?....
Never have seen the mythical spring, and my California Strat was bought new a few years ago. The best tip I've seen, and the one I use myself and have used for other guitars for mates, is to wrap a few turns of PTFE tape - the very thin white tape used by plumbers and gasfitters to seal the threads on pipes, and available in DIY or builders' supplies, - around the trem arm before screwing it in. The advantage over Bluetak is that it is removable when you take the arm out. Try out a few turns and adjust number of turns to suit yourself. the more turns, the tighter the arm becomes to swivel. HTH John Kelly
I gotta 62 ... and I never seen or heard anything like this. Had the bugger almost 30 yrs. New one on me.
Had to move from the usual 3 springs to 4 with heavier strings. With 3, even putting the 2 outer ones diagonally wouldnt do it.
(IT being plate flat on gtr body so you only get downbend & stabler tuning.
Actually, ALMOST flat, so you can just get a little Hank Marvin wobble in both directions ... say 1% upbend to 99% down).
Anyone got a picture
Thanks for all the replies.
I yielded and went to Denmark Street and bought a few spares at £1 a pop. Felt a bit like I was buying magic beans at that price for such a silly part. However my trem now feels lovely and all my other strat-ish things will similarly benefit.
I wonder if they'd have sold me replacement sticky dots for a similar price?
In Denmark street?.....I don't doubt it......You can buy sheets of them with dozens on in WH Smiths for about a quid......