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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 05-09-2014, 06:12 PM Thread Starter
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have you ever changed your trem springs?

My 540r has a really tight tremolo. I'd like to make it a little more sensitive so I took it to a luthier. He said the springs are probably 25 years old so I could use some new ones to get it easier to bend.

Would just getting new springs accomplish what I want? Are all springs the same on tremolos? I know you could take one out (I have 3 currently), but would rather not for stability. She stays in tune real nice.

Any ideas? I'd like to change them myself, just not sure if this will be what I need. Do springs need to be replaced over time because they can become worn out - thus making the tremolo that much harder to bend?

Thanks in advance
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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old 05-09-2014, 06:42 PM
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Re: have you ever changed your trem springs?

No clue, but they're so cheap to replace you may as well find out.
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post #3 of 5 (permalink) Old 05-09-2014, 08:40 PM
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Re: have you ever changed your trem springs?

yes, I did.
one of my guitar tension feel too loose, the strings tension are not as tight as others.
I changed the springs.
I don't know what kind of springs , no brand whatsoever.
After changing it, actually the guitar is not too much different from before.
at the end of the day, I used heavier gauge to compensate it.
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Re: have you ever changed your trem springs?

My .02, if it stays in tune don't mess with it. Get stronger.
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post #5 of 5 (permalink) Old 05-09-2014, 10:50 PM
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Re: have you ever changed your trem springs?

I would think that when springs wear out your trem would be "looser" as the springs lose their resistance. However, it would also seem that the string tension vs spring pull would have to equal out anyway for the guitar to stay in tune and set up.
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