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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 01-15-2013, 01:35 PM Thread Starter
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spring claw angle?

just got a used dk2 with some wear. i found the trem claw to be angled when i took the cover off. is there any advantage to this being like this? ( im not sure if it was set up on purpose like this) guitar has 9 42s im used to the claw being straight and paralell but theres probably a half inch difference between treble and bass sides? (i was wondering if a trem post was worn did somebody do this to compensate) theres 3 springs set up in the typical parallel setup
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post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old 01-15-2013, 02:08 PM
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Re: spring claw angle?

Probably better to set it up parallel.
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post #3 of 8 (permalink) Old 01-15-2013, 03:35 PM Thread Starter
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Re: spring claw angle?

my thoughts as well just didnt wanna spend a hour putting it back if it was like that for reason
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Re: spring claw angle?

If it has a double-locking tremolo, setting the claw at an angle will have no positive effect whatsoever.

If, however, you're talking about a guitar that has a vintage style tremolo or a 2-point tremolo (wilkinson, gotoh, etc.), then what the angle on the claw does is reduce the string pressure on the heavier strings so that you can pull up on the tremolo arm and keep your guitar in tune (Carl Verheyen type of setup).

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post #5 of 8 (permalink) Old 01-15-2013, 05:26 PM Thread Starter
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Re: spring claw angle?

yea its a floyd type. is it bad for anything being uneven is that wearing the trem posts more or anything?
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post #6 of 8 (permalink) Old 01-15-2013, 07:32 PM
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Re: spring claw angle?

just put it right man.

i bought an ibanez that had 5 springs on it and 2 were in the retainer hole.

some people dont know how to setup a guitar thats all.
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post #7 of 8 (permalink) Old 01-15-2013, 08:48 PM
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Re: spring claw angle?

There is only about 4 psi load difference between the heaviest and lightest strings on the guitar (meaning they all pull about the same).

Because the base plate of the trem is ridged it will be unaffected by a torsional loads, having springs on one side or the other will have a negligible affect on the trem, its pull or other....

The claw offset could change how much pressure is needed to raise or lower the bar BECAUSE of the metallurgical aspects of the springs themselves. Springs will change loads progressively so in theory a shorter spring (from offset claw) may ramp its load faster where the stretched spring may not increase much more after it reaches a certain point.

(Note, everything I just said above would very likely have to be measured on test equipment and the player would never know any diff....just my way of over thinking things)

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post #8 of 8 (permalink) Old 01-15-2013, 10:05 PM Thread Starter
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Re: spring claw angle?

thanks i just decided to put it right it should but then again i spend 8 hours usually setting up every guitar i ever get very perfectly.. on a side note anyone know where i can get 6 new string block screws for the jackson bridge not sure what else fits but they look like the same allen screws the nut uses? ebay doesn't seam to have them unless theyre under something other then Jackson screws
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