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- This spring helps set your tremolo arm in a fixed position when used with any Fender American series or American Standard series tremolo
- Simply insert spring into tremolo arm receptacle prior to installing tremolo arm
- Package includes twelve tension springs
- Used in Custom Shop, American Series, American Vintage, American Standard (USA), and Classic, Deluxe, and Road Worn Series (Mexico) instruments
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This spring helps set your tremolo arm in a fixed position when used with any Fender American series or American Standard series tremolo. Simply insert spring into tremolo arm receptacle prior to installing tremolo arm.
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The first time I tried a Fender spring, I screwed the tremolo arm in as far as it would go, and it compressed the spring permanently. The second time I tried it, I screwed the tremolo arm in until I felt just enough resistance to hold the arm in a horizontal position. Everything worked perfectly! When I removed the tremolo arm, the spring was still at its original length.
Apparently, the key to success with these springs is to avoid over-tightening the tremolo arm so that you don't over-compress the spring. If you tighten the arm just enough to get the job done, everything works exactly as Fender intended! Moreover, if you avoid over-tightening the arm, you won't have to worry about stripping the threads, which is a much more serious problem.
Watched an Andertons video a few years back and The Captain casually mentioned during a Strat review about the tension springs always going missing.
Got my Strat professionally set up recently and decided it would be nice for EVERYTHING to be working right and bought a pack of these.
Without it, the trem arm will definitely stay in place briefly and, sure, be functional. Kinda / sorta. Not ideal.
WITH the tension spring.. trem arm stays where you leave it. Every time. Brilliant.
I now have the trem arm installed all the time, incorporating it into my playing more.
If I ever lose the tension spring... I have a lot of spares!
I would have given this 5 stars, but deducted one star because when I opened the Amazon package, there were a couple of springs out of the Fender package and were loose inside of the Amazon shipping envelope. When I counted all the springs, I came up with only 10 springs instead of 12. The Fender package should have been sealed for such small parts, but it was just stapled at each end. This left a big gap in the middle of the package, and gave the springs a chance to make an escape during shipment and into the aether. So I'm out 1/6 of what I'd ordered.
I guess the Classic Series Jazzmaster is different because I could drop the springs in, but they didn't leave enough clearance for the threads to make contact with the arm and tighten it. I'd push down and try to tighten it, but the spring took up the extra space, not allowing the arm to make contact with the thread. These can probably only be used on Stratocasters or American made Jazzmasters (I didn't try the Squier versions so I'm not sure about those).
I ended up putting plumbers tape on the tremolo arm and it tightened like a champ.
Nevertheless, I gave this item 4 stars because I'm sure it works somewhere, just not on this Classic Series Jazzmaster.
One big improvement I think Fender could make is to paint them a bright and obnoxious color. The color doesn't matter when in use, but a black spring is a lot harder to find on the flour than a neon green, yellow, or blue one.
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At £7.65 for 12 they feel slightly overpriced, but I won't round down my rating as they function exactly as expected.
Shipping a dozen of them is handy as some will inevitibly be lost, although I would recomend storing them in a small sealable container as they are liable to go missing if kept loose in your gig bag or case.
For a simple solution to an irritating feature of the Strat bridge, these springs are highly recommended.
The problem is that they are not springs. They deform when put under pressure and don’t spring back. Consequently if you screw the tremolo arm in and then back it off a bit the arm goes back to being loose. The only fix is to take the arm back off and get the screw out (top tip: use a 0.75mm crochet hook) and put another one in.
However it’s all too easy to crush the new spring, meaning you’re going to end up putting up with a loose arm (the very problem they are meant to solve) or using up all your springs. No wonder they come in packs of 12.
To use you just drop one into the vibrato arm cavity before screwing the arm in. It will tension the arm so you can hold it in place without winding it so hard it cuts a new thread into the arm. So it’s a solution to a basic design fault with strat vibrato systems. Can’t say for sure but I expect this’ll work in other guitars with a screw in vibrato arm