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Fender Tremolo Arm Tension Springs (12)

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The genuine Fender Tremolo Arm Tension Spring helps set your tremolo arm into a fixed position when used with any Fender American Series tremolo. Set...Click To Read More About This Product

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The genuine Fender Tremolo Arm Tension Spring helps set your tremolo arm into a fixed position when used with any Fender American Series tremolo. Set of 12.


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FenderTremolo Arm Tension Springs (12)
 
4.8

(based on 69 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (62)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (3)

96%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (49)
  • Functional (49)
  • Good quality (47)
  • Improves sound (11)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Practicing (17)
  • Concerts (15)
  • Back-up (12)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (39), Professional musician (12), Novice (6)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Simple but genius ♫

I own a TON of Strat's and I've tried Teflon tape and more to remedy this problem, these are the perfect solution !
But I go one better to solve a few...Read complete review

I own a TON of Strat's and I've tried Teflon tape and more to remedy this problem, these are the perfect solution !
But I go one better to solve a few drawbacks...I install the spring but also put a ball bearing in between the tremolo arm and spring for smoother movement, also I stick a magnet chip/sliver inside the spring to hold the ball bearing.
And to keep the spring in the hole when the arm is out... I cut a circle piece of sponge as thick as a dime and about the diameter of a pea and slide it into the springs center then push into hole, that way it holds it in place in the case !
And if you need to remove it, use a piece of guitar string bent in a "L" to hook it ♫ (you're welcome) :D

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Does what it does

According to most sources these are made specifically for Fender tremolos, not Squier or any other brand, but if you have some heavy duty wire cutters you can cut these to size to fit...Read complete review

According to most sources these are made specifically for Fender tremolos, not Squier or any other brand, but if you have some heavy duty wire cutters you can cut these to size to fit the arm cavity on your tremolo.

I have a Squier strat with a 2-point tremolo that the arm was feeling really loose even though it was screwed in all the way. These springs by themselves were a little too tall to fit the hole and I couldn't get the bar to screw in, so I trimmed it down just enough so the arm would go in and tighten down a bit.

Bottom line, it does stabilize the arm a lot more, and doesn't kill the note when you use it aggressively. The arm feels more stable now, though it does still rock in the hole a bit.

When I do get a Fender strat, I'll write a follow up review.

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(9 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Simple but genius ♫

By Dr.LaRrY ♫

from Winston~Salem ~ N.C.

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  • Easy To Use
  • Functional

Cons

    Best Uses

    • non-fumbling recording

    Comments about Fender Tremolo Arm Tension Springs (12):

    I own a TON of Strat's and I've tried Teflon tape and more to remedy this problem, these are the perfect solution !
    But I go one better to solve a few drawbacks...I install the spring but also put a ball bearing in between the tremolo arm and spring for smoother movement, also I stick a magnet chip/sliver inside the spring to hold the ball bearing.
    And to keep the spring in the hole when the arm is out... I cut a circle piece of sponge as thick as a dime and about the diameter of a pea and slide it into the springs center then push into hole, that way it holds it in place in the case !
    And if you need to remove it, use a piece of guitar string bent in a "L" to hook it ♫ (you're welcome) :D

    (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Not for MIMs - use teflon tape instead

    By Tee

    from Berkeley, CA

    Verified Buyer

    Comments about Fender Tremolo Arm Tension Springs (12):

    I'm giving these 5 stars because they showed up on time and, well, are springs just as advertised. They are also advertised as being for American Strats, but I bought them anyway for my MIM just to see if they would work. I shouldn't have bothered. The problem is not with the springs, however, it's with my tremolo block. If I had looked closely in the first place, I would have noticed that the hole in my block for my tremolo arm has no bottom. So the springs just fall through when dropped into the hole. I suppose one way to fix this would be to glue a cover plate to the bottom of the block. An easier way, though, is to use the trick of wrapping the threads of the tremolo arm a few times with teflon pipe thread tape. This actually works great - it gums things up enough so that the arm will stay in whatever position you set it. I imagine this trick would work fine for Am Strats as well.

    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Never Knew They Existed

    By Matt G.

    from Northern Wisconsin

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    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Functional
    • Good Quality

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Everyday

      Comments about Fender Tremolo Arm Tension Springs (12):

      The springs are dropped in the tremolo arm cavity and they apply back pressure to the control arm making it taught without having to wind it all the way down. I will admit that I did not know that this product existed until recently. It drastically improves the functionality of the tremolo arm. Check your bridge block first to see if it can support the spring. Some import and squire blocks are drilled all the way thru resulting in the spring falling out the back side.

      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Tremolo Arm Springs

      By Daniel Novellino

      from Maine, USA

      Comments about Fender Tremolo Arm Tension Springs (12):

      This is the right fix for the job. They worked perfectly in my Fender Strat. And although these springs were made for the American Strat, they worked great in my Mexican made Strat.
      Excellent quality and tension spring.

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Worked on US Strat & Failed on Mexican S

      By Sammos

      from Dallas

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      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Functional
      • Good Quality

      Cons

      • Seems To Work Well

      Best Uses

      • Backup
      • Concerts
      • Practicing

      Comments about Fender Tremolo Arm Tension Springs (12):

      I bought these for two left handed American Strats. These springs dropped right in and worked like a champ. I had just picked up a nice Mexican Strat at a Pawn Shop a couple of weeks before and it came without the tremolo arm. I ordered the arm along with the springs and when they came in, dropped in a spring and screwed on the arm. Didn't work. Humm, Took of the spring cover off the back and there was the tension spring rolling around. The Mexican strat tremolo arm hole goes stright through..nothing to hold a spring. Learn something new even after doing this for 50 years. 5 Stars, not the springs fault, my fault.

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Tremolo Arm Spring

      By John-4mf.W

      from Central Texas

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      Comments about Fender Tremolo Arm Tension Springs (12):

      The spring worked great and solved the floppy arm problem on my American Std Strat. Most of the sales people and strat owners I talked with didn't know this spring was part of the tremolo system.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      if you play strats then you need this...

      By OttoMatick

      from Seattle, WA

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      Comments about Fender Tremolo Arm Tension Springs (12):

      they're always getting lost when people take that little circle of foil off the hole. amaze your friends by showing them you can have a Stratocaster tremolo arm that stays where you need it.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Never knew!

      By Patrick

      from Chesapeake, VA.

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      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Functional
      • Good Quality

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Fender Tremolo Arm Tension Springs (12):

          I've had my strat since 2008 and I don't remember it coming with a spring. What a great find to learn on YouTube. It always bugged me that it took so long to screw in my vibrato arm and then it was to tight or to loose!

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Viagra 4 your Tremolo! No more floppyarm

          By Big Wally

          from Aberdeen WA

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          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Functional
          • Good Quality

          Cons

          • Easy To Lose

          Best Uses

          • Backup
          • Concerts
          • Practicing

          Comments about Fender Tremolo Arm Tension Springs (12):

          Everyone should have a few spares laying around. Everyone forgets to tape the hole once in a while. I have seen many floppy trems in my day and only realized a few years ago that there is a spring in there.(Or at least there is supposed to be) I order more when I get down to two spares. A dozen should hold you for quite a while.

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Exactly what you have been looking for!

          By DiegoMusician

          from South Florida

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          Pros

          • Easy to install
          • Easy To Use
          • Functional
          • Good Quality
          • Tremolo Arm Stays Put

          Cons

          • None

          Best Uses

          • Stratocaster Modification

          Comments about Fender Tremolo Arm Tension Springs (12):

          Does it exactly what it should! Just pop the spring in the arm hole, it falls in deep. Screw in the arm (Don't over tighten) and you'll be set. I don't find them easy to lose personally, as long as you're careful of not holding your guitar facing down parallel to the ground. One pack of 12 will suffice.

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Perfect replacement

          By David

          from Mobile, AL

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          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Functional
          • Good Quality

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              Comments about Fender Tremolo Arm Tension Springs (12):

              Fender brand direct-replacement. Multi-pack is good because you'll always seem to lose these little guys.

              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              My Springs Have Sprung!!

              By Sage

              from SW Florida

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              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Functional
              • Good Quality

              Cons

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                  Comments about Fender Tremolo Arm Tension Springs (12):

                  Its just a spring in a packet of springs. But its the right sized spring to insert into the tremolo arm hole that will keep your tremolo arm where ya want it.
                  Does exactly what its supposed to.
                  Insert,Screw & position. snug it up gently and enjoy

                  (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  The best remedy

                  By Mountaineer

                  from West Virginia

                  Comments about Fender Tremolo Arm Tension Springs (12):

                  I tried several home remedies to the missing spring problem - ball point pen spring, teflon tape on the arm threads - even went to a guitar shop where they cut a spring down and ended up jamming it in the hole! There is no substitute for the proper part. These springs work as intended in my American Series Strat. However, I tried one in my son's non-Fender Strat copy and the trem arm simply balled the spring up. The good news is they don't cost an arm and a leg to try.

                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  trem arm springs

                  By alien hippie

                  from @ home

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                  Comments about Fender Tremolo Arm Tension Springs (12):

                  It's an OEM part. How can you go wrong?
                  just what they are suppose to do
                  Just like all the other springs are

                  (1 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  1.0

                  Only for American Standard strats

                  By BILL LEFF

                  from Undisclosed

                  Comments about Fender Tremolo Arm Tension Springs (12):

                  N/A
                  I made the mistake of purchasing these for my Squier CV '50s strat. They fall right through the trem assembly. I then read the fine print on the package saying these are for the American Standard. Returned and got a refund. Don't make the same mistake.

                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Perfect item for bar angles!

                  By Kevin Gardner

                  from Undisclosed

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                  Comments about Fender Tremolo Arm Tension Springs (12):

                  Prevents the, "Swinging bar syndrome" and stabilizes the bar nicely. Easy to put int, easy to take out.

                  (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  These work good!

                  By Santa's Mojo Lunchtime

                  from Neebraska!

                  Comments about Fender Tremolo Arm Tension Springs (12):

                  I put these in three guitars with different tremolo bridges and they worked in all: an American Standard Strat bridge, a replacement Japanese Strat bridge, and a Floyd Rose licensed bridge. I just dropped them in and a second later they were holding the arms in place as advertised.

                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Worked as advertised

                  By Deep Purple Fan

                  from Alexandria, VA

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                  Comments about Fender Tremolo Arm Tension Springs (12):

                  Did the job. A spring popped ou and I replaced it and now all is good.

                   
                  5.0

                  10/10

                  By yuyikl

                  from lu89yu

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                  Pros

                  • Easy To Use
                  • Functional
                  • Good Quality
                  • Improves Sound

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Backup
                    • Concerts
                    • Practicing

                    Comments about Fender Tremolo Arm Tension Springs (12):

                    amazing

                     
                    4.0

                    Works Great with Some Modding

                    By jaswilsox

                    from Portland, OR

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                    Pros

                    • Functional

                    Cons

                    • Fits RI Strat, but too long for Am Standard

                    Best Uses

                    • Backup
                    • Concerts
                    • Practicing

                    Comments about Fender Tremolo Arm Tension Springs (12):

                    I got used to Bigsby tailpieces, so having a Strat arm fall (Hendrix-style) is inconvenient. This spring keeps the bar where I leave it. StewMac sells one with a ball bearing that worked for my Eric Johnson Strat, but would not work in my US Standard Strat (too much tension; I couldn't get the bar in). The bearing is stuck. Sans the bearing, these springs may work in a USS w/o being cut down... I won't know unless I get the bearing out of mine (& cutting the spring ~1/2 works). '-j

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