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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...Read More

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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)
 
4.7

(based on 30 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (27)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (2)

100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (19)
  • Functional (18)
  • Good quality (18)
  • Improves sound (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Concerts (4)
  • Practicing (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (12), Professional musician (6)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Good-bye teflon tape

This gets rid of the floppy trem arm syndrome and gets rid of the old solution of wrapping a couple thicknesses of teflon plumber's tape around the arm threads to give it some purchase inside...Read complete review

This gets rid of the floppy trem arm syndrome and gets rid of the old solution of wrapping a couple thicknesses of teflon plumber's tape around the arm threads to give it some purchase inside the block. They're cheap; do yourself a favor & get a pack, put one in. Put the rest away for when you lose one 'cause you forgot it was in there while changing strings or something.

Most Fender Strats don't come with one and there is SUPPOSED to be one in the trem-arm hole. People handle guitars in stores, they fall out. Even the one in a high-end model like Am Vintage might be crunched at the factory. Save the trouble & use the spring. The trem arm will rotate out of the way or stay where you put it within reach with just the right amount of tension on it. You'll probably do a head-slap & wonder why you didn't do this before.

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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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5.0

Never knew!

By Patrick

from Chesapeake

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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!

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      5.0

      Simple but genius ♫

      By Dr.LaRrY ♫

      from Winston~Salem ~ N.C.

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      Pros

      • 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

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        (1 of 1 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.

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        5.0

        The Missing Link

        By Jerry M

        from Anaheim CA

        About Me Experienced

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Functional
        • Good Quality

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Fender Tremolo Arm Tension Springs (12):

            I didn't know my Strat was supposed to have a spring installed in the tremelo arm hole! So simple but what a huge difference it makes in terms of functionality.
            Get some!!

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            5.0

            Does What It Should....

            By lessthanbug

            from Gainesville, FL.

            About Me Professional Musician

            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Functional
            • Good Quality

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about Fender Tremolo Arm Tension Springs (12):

                What is there to say, really? It does what it is supposed to do and does it well. With the spring in, the tremelo arm tends to stay within easy reach. Since putting in a new spring, I tend to use my trem more than I ever have before. Strange how such a small thing can make such a big difference to my playing style. To think I recently bought my 6th Stratocaster and I never even realized they even had a tremelo spring! The pack comes with 12 which seems excessive till you realize how easy it is to lose them. Keep them handy; I am already on my 3rd one from this pack. At least they're cheap.... Keep on keeping on!

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                5.0

                Good-bye teflon tape

                By Wes

                from Great Lakes

                About Me Experienced

                Pros

                • Easy To Use
                • Functional
                • Good Quality

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Fills A Factory Void

                  Comments about Fender Tremolo Arm Tension Springs (12):

                  This gets rid of the floppy trem arm syndrome and gets rid of the old solution of wrapping a couple thicknesses of teflon plumber's tape around the arm threads to give it some purchase inside the block. They're cheap; do yourself a favor & get a pack, put one in. Put the rest away for when you lose one 'cause you forgot it was in there while changing strings or something.

                  Most Fender Strats don't come with one and there is SUPPOSED to be one in the trem-arm hole. People handle guitars in stores, they fall out. Even the one in a high-end model like Am Vintage might be crunched at the factory. Save the trouble & use the spring. The trem arm will rotate out of the way or stay where you put it within reach with just the right amount of tension on it. You'll probably do a head-slap & wonder why you didn't do this before.

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                  5.0

                  Viagra 4 your Tremolo! No more floppyarm

                  By Gargemil

                  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.

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                  5.0

                  Worked on US Strat & Failed on Mexican S

                  By Sammos

                  from Dallas

                  About Me Professional Musician

                  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.

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                  5.0

                  The Tiny Tone Monsters

                  By MartinOM28V

                  from Austin TX

                  About Me Experienced

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Concerts

                    Comments about Fender Tremolo Arm Tension Springs (12):

                    My American Standard Stratocaster was sounding awful, mostly due to a lack of tone. These tiny metal springs were the answer. In addition to massively improving the tone due to their specific alloy, thickness and tension, they also seem to somehow keep the tremolo arm wherever you want it. I thought that was an interesting little perk on top of the amazing tone. Now my Stratocaster sounds better than ever thanks to this purchase. I didn't even have to practice or work on my skills to improve my tone. I just bought this item and Bam! Better tone.

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                    5.0

                    Small purchase but easy transaction

                    By dg

                    from upstate NY

                    About Me Novice

                    Pros

                    • Easy To Use
                    • Functional
                    • Good Quality

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about Fender Tremolo Arm Tension Springs (12):

                        Inexpensive factory replacement parts with free shippping. Sweet.

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