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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 05-09-2012, 02:40 PM Thread Starter
 
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My tremolo does not have a block lock. Is that bad?

The little bar that screws down to keep the springs in place.

I don't think the springs are in danger of coming out since they are being held in by tension and then there's the little panel that covers that compartment anyway, but I noticed on Rich's site where he talks about removing the tremolo there was a step to remove the block lock. I looked at that pic and said "hey, I don't have one of those!"

Is it a big deal if I don't have one or should I get one?

Here's the pic:



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post #2 of 9 (permalink) Old 05-09-2012, 03:15 PM
 
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Re: My tremolo does not have a "lock block." Is that bad?

That is actually called the 'spring retainer bar'. The lock block is in the saddle and holds the string in place. Either way, you should be okay as long as you do not excessively pull up on the trem.

If you do find you are having issues, you can attempt to put a z-bend in your springs to bite into the block better.
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Re: My tremolo does not have a "lock block." Is that bad?

you should be fine, i had to put one back on one of my guitars as the holes for the springs had worn and they kept popping out sending my trem flying out of my guitar.
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Re: My tremolo does not have a "lock block." Is that bad?

Is it a part I can order in the future? I can't imagine it being expensive... it's like a little piece of metal with holes in it.
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Re: My tremolo does not have a "lock block." Is that bad?

I've been using a guitar for years now without one. No issues at all.
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Re: My tremolo does not have a "lock block." Is that bad?

Older Edge trems did not come with one. I have an '89 RG560 that has never had one and I have never had an issue.
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Re: My tremolo does not have a "lock block." Is that bad?

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Older Edge trems did not come with one. I have an '89 RG560 that has never had one and I have never had an issue.
Oh cool, so I'm not even "missing" one, technically.
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Re: My tremolo does not have a "lock block." Is that bad?

I've never had a guitar that had one and never had any issues with any of them.
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Re: My tremolo does not have a "lock block." Is that bad?

What guitar is this on? As someone said, of the early guitars, these were only common on Jems. My '89 540P didn't have one. The holes in the trem sustain block weren't even tapped for the screws.
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