Electric Guitar Tremolo tip

I just thought I'd post this for any electric guitar players with guitars with whammy bars, especially screw in type that over time work away and become loose. I watched a video on yt from a FB online guitar mag suggesting using a spring and pushing it down the trem hole, please do not try this, Ir was pretty sure it would be a crazy thing to do as a spring will embed itself into the screw thread and jam, but I wanted to be sure, I tried it and it did!

Since it was threaded it was pretty much impossible to remove from my Strat tremolo, the arm came out but managing to prize the spring out was hellish to remove and took a fair while, so I really wouldn't do that.

However, undeterred I cut a small piece of foam out from one of the type of squares that are used for toddlers floor surfaces etc, (I wouldn't recommend the standard type grey soft foam as its too soft and would tear)  did that about three months ago and it works a treat still the arm screws in as normal but when I want to use the tremolo arm I can twist it just a notch more and it stays put without that annoying few mm of play between arm and block, it's worked really well.

I've got a lot of tips for Strats all to save money, zero cost and just impact tone and playability without splashing out a penny. I've had a few Deluxe Strats and vintage over the years but am currently playing a 50's Mex reissue which much to my surprise has been the best electric guitar I've ever owned, it's just got that something, like when you pick up some one else's guitar and it always plays or sounds better, it cost £200 second hand and I use it every week teaching, gigs or recording.

Anyway let me know if this tip works and if you like I'll post up a few more, I've got a fair few????

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