Wood Trem block

Frijolito1988

Strat-Talk Member
Mar 30, 2013
27
CA
Hey guys so I just put a wood block on my trem to keep it flush since i dont care for the whammy bar , and i love the feel, to me the strings feel firmer and very much in tune , but my question is do i have to tighten the two screws that stretch the springs ?
 

SethStratMan

Senior Stratmaster
May 17, 2012
4,582
Two Rivers, WI
Frijolito1988 said:
Hey guys so I just put a wood block on my trem to keep it flush since i dont care for the whammy bar , and i love the feel, to me the strings feel firmer and very much in tune , but my question is do i have to tighten the two screws that stretch the springs ?

You could essentially take them off, but there is no reason to do that. What I mean is they are basically useless considering the wood is holding it now. So, to answer your question, just tighten it enough that the springs don't rattle. :)
 

oatsoda

Puck of Paradox
Jul 10, 2011
8,918
The Shack, Nova Scotia
I thought you meant that you replaced the metal block hanging down under the trem with a block of wood. Interesting idea. We're always on about the mass of the thing. What if it was a chunk of something like ebony, or lignum vitae, or conversely, something more resonant like mahogany?
 

juanjosebh

Senior Stratmaster
Mar 8, 2012
4,402
Veracruz Mexico
I thought you meant that you replaced the metal block hanging down under the trem with a block of wood. Interesting idea. We're always on about the mass of the thing. What if it was a chunk of something like ebony, or lignum vitae, or conversely, something more resonant like mahogany?

Like this??

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Frijolito1988

Strat-Talk Member
Mar 30, 2013
27
CA
Weird I'm trying to do the same fOr my 80s japanese strat but it will not sit flush. All the strings are loose but that is as Low as it will get
 

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rhgwynn

Senior Stratmaster
Aug 29, 2012
2,559
Brattleboro,VT
It's the thin, half-block. There are better blocks out there. If you have a Squier or MIM, get the Fender Big Block Tremolo Assembly. It's about $20 and well worth it. Includes Bridge, Saddles, and Block - assembled; that's it though.

-Rob

You actually have the big-block in your 2012, btw.

You'll have to measure the screw-spacing on the MIJ to see if it will fit...

-Rob
 

JohnDH

Senior Stratmaster
Dec 5, 2012
2,229
Wilton NSW Australia
I blocked a trem with a piezo system!:

piezo2.jpg


GuitarNutz 2 - Adding a Piezo pickup
 

Funk Nacho

Strat-Talk Member
Apr 7, 2013
10
Australia
I thought you meant that you replaced the metal block hanging down under the trem with a block of wood. Interesting idea. We're always on about the mass of the thing. What if it was a chunk of something like ebony, or lignum vitae, or conversely, something more resonant like mahogany?

lol...same! What a great idea. I bet ebony would be interesting.
 

sjtalon

Senior Stratmaster
Oct 27, 2006
4,999
Upper Peninsula-Michigan
It's the thin, half-block. There are better blocks out there. If you have a Squier or MIM, get the Fender Big Block Tremolo Assembly. It's about $20 and well worth it. Includes Bridge, Saddles, and Block - assembled; that's it though.

-Rob

Being it's decked and that there is a block in there as well, I doubt spending that money would make a hill of beans diff...................little to gain there and subjective.

Just go and play the thing !
 


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