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How to adjust the spring tension on a Tremolo

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Uploaded on Jul 12, 2008

I'm only doing this video as a courtesy filling a request from some other people (I can't stand being on camera).

This is how I've been doing floating tremolos for years and it has worked about 90% of the time for me. This method is not like the other ones posted here on youtube...look at how they block the tremolo and how I do it and you will see the advantage of doing it this way pretty quickly.

Non-locking tremolos are a lot more complicated because the nut comes into play...with a locking floyd style tremolo its pretty easy if you know how to start off with a good reference point. This method will work on strats and similar guitars with vintage/non-locking nut tremolos. You just need to concentrate on getting the nut finished and watch how you wrap your strings on the tuners.

I've heard all kinds of silly stuff over the years:

-Buy an original Floyd Rose if you want it to work
-Install one string at a time or its screwed up
-You can't pull up on it
-Take it to a professional and have it done
-A lot of other stuff that I can't put here because children may read it

I haven't had any of those problems using this method. There are a few other videos on here that start out with a great theory, block the trem and then when it comes to adjusting the spring tension it becomes "you have to go back and forth and mess with it". I'm lazy and don't have time for that; this is the laziest, easiest way to do it IMHO.

Now I had to edit this for length so there are a few jumps, especially where the tremolo is miraculously blocked properly. There are also a few things missing like talking about stretching the strings a bit (these were already on there for a week), lubing and maintaining the tremolo (plenty of other good videos for that) and setting the action and intonation (too much for 10 minutes of time). This is just to show that you can rip all the strings off at once, start from no where and get it tuned up and working well within a few minutes with a good plan.

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