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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 09-23-2011, 09:30 AM Thread Starter
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Trem springs and tuning stability, related or not?

Just had this thought cross my mind as I was replying to another thread.

Is there a connection between the trem springs and tuning stability? I have basically a pile of them and I've never totally paid attention to where they came from. I just throw three springs in there and call it a day. But could I be causing a tuning stability problem?

My thinking is that if you had a variety of springs of varying ages and amounts of use, you could end up with varying rates. After using the bar, you could end up with the trem not returning in tune. Does this make sense or am I being paranoid?

Is there a cheap version of something like this that people use?
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Re: Trem springs and tuning stability, related or not?

Not related according to my tests. Worn off studs could be a problem though.
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Re: Trem springs and tuning stability, related or not?

I had the same thought when restoring a PL1660 which had the orginal springs in a Pro Rokr Trem.

It was over 25 years old. I removed the springs while I was doing some cleaning and compared the tension with other springs I had laying around that were new and some others were about 5+ years old..

Tension felt the same.. Then while I was picking up some misc screws and knobs from a local luthier here in SD I asked about replacing the trem springs. He told me that he was had guitar from the 50's that had the orginal springs and had not issues with tuning or intonation
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Re: Trem springs and tuning stability, related or not?

Sure springs can get old and not provide as much tension, causing you to have to tighten the spring claw, that could affect intonation if you don't keep on top of it. It's not always necessary, I think it's more from heavy use than age. I've been playing for 22 years or so, and have never had a guitar that I needed to replace springs on, except by choice for other reasons.
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