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Tremolo spring question

Post by moze229 on Fri Feb 20, 2015 2:52 pm

I have the Corsair XA1440.  I've never seen a guitar have only two tremolo springs, but mine does, and always did.  What get's even weirder is this.



They got sloppy and very generous with the solder on this ground wire.  LOL  I can't even connect a spring on the center hook because there's too much solder in the way.  The currently installed springs are on the outside hooks, angling slightly in and connecting to the bridge.  I also notice that when my strings are installed and the guitar is tuned properly, the bridge is leaning forward.  This is likely because there isn't enough tension on the bridge to level it out.  Works just fine as is, but I'd rather have it right.  Did they design these this way?  I was going to just buy another set of springs, as they seem to be a commonly sold size.  They are definitely cheap enough.  Should I just move the ground wire a bit?  I can get rid of about 2 oz of that flux and still have enough to solder an entire electric set left over.  Should I just try and remove some of it?  What's the best way to go about this?

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Re: Tremolo spring question

Post by The Chad on Fri Feb 20, 2015 3:03 pm

Melt some of the solder away, for sure.  Add a third spring.  The way it is now with two springs, looks like you cannot adjust the screws in far enough to level out your floyd plate.  So remove a little solder, add a center spring, and screw the screws out some to make it level out.  Let us know how it goes!

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Re: Tremolo spring question

Post by corsair on Fri Feb 20, 2015 4:13 pm

Gee, that's pretty ordinary, eh?! Yeah, de-solder and re-attach somewhere out of the way.

I use 4 springs on most of my trem guitars simply cause I find it adds to the tuning stability...

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Re: Tremolo spring question

Post by The Chad on Fri Feb 20, 2015 4:25 pm

If you have a hard time resoldering to a new spot, just use the same spot and reduce the blob.

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Re: Tremolo spring question

Post by moze229 on Fri Feb 20, 2015 6:55 pm

I'll be pulling out the soldering iron as soon as my new springs get here. I ordered five, so ill be able to figure out how I like it to be setup. 

I'm not sure what the deal was with this one. Maybe mine got built on Friday around 5 o'clock. Smile

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Re: Tremolo spring question

Post by Barry on Fri Feb 20, 2015 8:12 pm

Really messy soldering, but, yes, do what Chad said. Suck up the excess over the the hook. Or, just ignore the centre hook altogether and use the 4 outside ones

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