Join Date: Dec 2000
Location: Long Island, NY
Want to change spring configuration
if you've had 4 on there for 7 years, it'd probably be best to replace the three that you're going to keep. *It's very possible that the remaining 3 won't have enough 'spring' in them to pull the bridge back far enough, even with the trem claw screws all the way in.
It'll set you back about $5 (for all three!) and depending on how much you play, a couple of weeks to break the new springs in. *There are tips on spring stretching in the tech section.
Definitely put new springs in. *It will also help to "unstiff" your guitar as well.
When i got my Jem, it was about 10 years old. *I had to tighten the trem claw screws until they were almost all the way into the body after i put my .010s on it. *I replaced the springs the next day and was able to unscrew them at least an inch.