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Looking to get something to lock my Strat's bridge in place -- the Tremol-no is expensive and sits proud of the back of the guitar, and I don't really need to be changing it on the fly.

Has anyone used any alternatives? I could get it blocked but that feels a bit crude?

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I find blocking to be very effective, lo-tech and yet not crude. Unless you hack a log down to size with a chainsaw.

A piece of parquet flooring is likely to be the exact thickness required.

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2 hours ago, songofthewind said:

Unless you hack a log down to size with a chainsaw.

Ah, I see you're familiar with my woodworking ability. 😬

Thanks, I will look into blocking it again.

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All 5 springs tightened right down always managed to lock my old Strat bridges down. However, you can also add a Hipshot Tremsetter.

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22 minutes ago, ezbass said:

All 5 springs tightened right down always managed to lock my old Strat bridges down. However, you can also add a Hipshot Tremsetter.

Yah, forgot to say AND tighten the string claw all the way.

And tighten the five (six?) bridge screws ditto. Simples!

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I've used the 5 spring method on Strat's before, If it's a fully floating trem (floyd rose or one of the more modern strat type designs) then a thin shim of wood might be needed on the spring side to get it nice and level (i have used blocks of wood on either side of a floyd once to keep it in place.)

you might need to be careful with the 6 mounting screws as tightening them too much can actually pull the trem away from the body, this depends on the profile of the bottom of the bridge plate though.

 

Matt

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Fender used to make a version of the Stratocaster with a fixed bridge. Is that still an option?

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It's no help whatsoever, but I only bought a Strat so I could have guitar with a trem on. All my others are hard-tails. (One I actually had Jon Shuker make me a new body to completely remove the rubbish Floyd-alike. It is now my favourite guitar!)

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Also bear in mind that locking off the vibrato system so that it can't move will change the sound of the guitar.

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Try Bob Pimm at RP guitars. Like almost everyone, he  incorrectly calls them ' tremolo ' but they're not. They're vibrato arms.

Scroll down the page and you' ll find 2 stabilizers and a stopper

https://rpguitars.co.uk/gallery.html

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On 30/09/2019 at 15:46, velvetkevorkian said:

Looking to get something to lock my Strat's bridge in place -- the Tremol-no is expensive and sits proud of the back of the guitar, and I don't really need to be changing it on the fly.

Has anyone used any alternatives? I could get it blocked but that feels a bit crude?

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On 04/10/2019 at 08:57, BigRedX said:

Also bear in mind that locking off the vibrato system so that it can't move will change the sound of the guitar.

This happened to my Fender Showmaster. I fitted a Tremelno system into it and it absolutely killed the tone - it became boomy and sounded awful, and so was removed pretty swiftly. These days I just use it with the arm removed and have all but forgotten that it's actually got a working trem.

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