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how to put in the tremolo on squier strat?

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(@sweet-chan)
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my friend just got a squier strat yesterday, but none of us are sure how to put in the tremolo bar. i hope it doesn't involve that weird spring in the baggie with the the allen keys... can someone help? ^-^


   
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 Mike
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Just screw it in.

Personally, I screw it in all the way and then back it off two or three turns.


   
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(@blackzerogsh)
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like what tracker said, just screw it in.

On the picture, it's the leftmost hole


   
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Er, rightmost

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(@sweet-chan)
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thank you :)


   
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(@sweet-chan)
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well, my friend brought over her guitar again today. Um... we can't get the tremolo to work at all.
Right now, I'm seriously wondering if it's just decoration or we did something wrong. :roll:


   
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If he got it second hand, it could be blocked.

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(@sweet-chan)
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It's new. I went with her to buy it at Guitar Center early this week.


   
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 Taso
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What do you mean by it doesn't work?

You can't screw it in? Or you screw it in and then it doesn't work?

Just incase: You gotta push the tremelo bar down, as in closer to the body of the guitar for it to work.

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 Mike
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As Taso was saying, pick or strum and hold the note or chord and push the bar towards the body slowly. You should here the note or chord change pitch. To make things really fun, pick a note and push down repeatedly really fast.

Right after that, re-tune the guitar because it will need it.


   
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If this is an Affinity Squier Strat, you may have to push down the trem bar pretty hard. This particular model uses the old synchronous trem design and the springs can be tightened quite a bit, really pulling the bridge plate against the body (as designed). In any case, gotta push the trem bar toward the body hard enough to make the whole bridge plate move. That's how the Strat trems work -- by tilting the entire bridge assembly to cause de-tuning.

If it's a recent Squier Strat and properly set up, then it should have a two-point fulcrum floating trem and operate with ease.

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