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Offline Akshay_chari

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Bridge lock
« on: September 10, 2020, 08:57:02 am »
What all things can we do and can't do when we lock a floating  bridge? Also can we unlock a bridge when required?

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Re: Bridge lock
« Reply #1 on: September 10, 2020, 09:10:21 am »
The most common way to fix one into place is to use appropriately sized blocks of wood that fit inside the trem cavity on the back of the guitar and prevent movement. You "unlock" it by removing the block, allowing it to move again.

There are other methods, including products that do the same thing. There are also some products like Tremol-No that go inside the cavity and allow you two lock/unlock the trem without removing the device entirely.

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Re: Bridge lock
« Reply #2 on: September 10, 2020, 09:35:28 am »
The most common way to fix one into place is to use appropriately sized blocks of wood that fit inside the trem cavity on the back of the guitar and prevent movement. You "unlock" it by removing the block, allowing it to move again.

There are other methods, including products that do the same thing. There are also some products like Tremol-No that go inside the cavity and allow you two lock/unlock the trem without removing the device entirely.
ok so from little bit things which I learnt from the internet I came to know that blocking the bridge stablizes the tuning of guitar .If i kept the bridge unlocked will it cause any damage  if I play my guitar regularly since my guitar is entry level one?

the thing is my goes out of tune on every use that's why I'm asking

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Re: Bridge lock
« Reply #3 on: September 10, 2020, 10:04:22 am »
Do you have a floyd rose type or a strat style bridge?

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Re: Bridge lock
« Reply #4 on: September 10, 2020, 11:46:28 am »
Normal tremolo I believe bits strat style the guitar model is eso ltd mt130
Do you have a floyd rose type or a strat style bridge?

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Re: Bridge lock
« Reply #5 on: September 10, 2020, 12:13:19 pm »
Okay. Unscrew the back plate to reveal the springs.
Loosen your strings.
Tighten the screws of the claw holding the springs.
About 1 turn to start.
This will create additional pull and hold the bridge against the body of the guitar when you tune back up.
If it still floats, repeat and tighten those screws a little more.

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Re: Bridge lock
« Reply #6 on: September 10, 2020, 02:20:57 pm »
Is this going to lock the bridge?
I just purchased my guitar a few days back.
Okay. Unscrew the back plate to reveal the springs.
Loosen your strings.
Tighten the screws of the claw holding the springs.
About 1 turn to start.
This will create additional pull and hold the bridge against the body of the guitar when you tune back up.
If it still floats, repeat and tighten those screws a little more.

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Re: Bridge lock
« Reply #7 on: September 10, 2020, 08:06:07 pm »
It stops the bridge from floating.
It 'decks' it to the body.
The bridge will be locked in that it will not move up or down.
If that is what you want then that is your easy fix.
Just a screwdriver and a couple of minutes.
Also, unscrew and take out your tremolo arm.
Also - if it is going out of tune a lot either stretch the strings or replace and stretch in a new set.

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Re: Bridge lock
« Reply #8 on: October 12, 2020, 10:38:29 am »
When I got my GRG170DX, it only had two springs on the trem, which had not enough tension and consequently gave it too much action at the pickups, so I made a nicely fitting wooden block to fill the cavitiy.
It locked the trem and brought the block forward and thus, the action down.

But then I wanted to use the tremolo (or is it vibrato?) again and removed the wooden block. I did add a third spring and tightened the screws - as close2u also suggested - and now the trem works, while maintaining a decent action on the strings.

I considered the purchase of a Tremol-no for a while but I got used to playing with the trem floating.
For me, adjusting the spring tension (and adding one) sufficed to have a reasonably stable vibrato bridge. Provided you won't be going hardcore on the bends or dives, that is.  ;)

If it doesn't, I'd try out the aforementioned Tremol-no system. It isn't that expensive and seems to work fine. You'll have the option of a floating, decked or blocked bridge all in one.
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