Blocking a trem - with a slide?

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  1. Dablues

    Dablues New Member

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    Hello all!

    Just got my first USA made PRS, a used CE-22! I'm loving it, and after years of G&Ls (great guitars), Fenders and Gibsons (maybe not my favorite brand right now...), I'm loving the logic of the design of this amazing axe.

    However, I do have a question. When I got the guitar, it was strung with nines and a floating trem. As nice as the terms are in PRSi (that's the plural, right?), I'm just not a trem guy. When I was switching over to my 11s last night, I noticed that my chrome pinky slide looked like a perfect fit to sit behind the trem and block it off, so I gently but firmly pushed it in there.

    It fit great, but now the back of the trem is permanently in the down position and resting on the body, as if I were pulling up on the bar. Doesn't bother me; this is a fairly road worn guitar and any scuffs caused by this are fine. Tuning stability is amazing. However, should I also screw down the six screws in front or just leave them up? I've heard that you should NOT touch them, and by keeping them where they are, I can easily convert back to trem if I so desire. Also, the sound of the slide as a block seems amazing! I've blocked strats before with wood, but this metal tube just somehow adds a resonance to it! Any foreseeable problems you can think of with my blocking arrangement?

    Thanks very much! I'm happy to be a part of the community!
     
  2. Rider1260

    Rider1260 New Member

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    Show us a pic of your mod :)
    If it sounds better for you thats all that matters
    I would leave the trem screws , If you do move them be sure to remove all the tension from the strings and trem springs
     
  3. Dablues

    Dablues New Member

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    I'll get a picture tonight! I just like the feel of a blocked trem, and I really love McGyver fixes with what ever is lying around. Plus, if no one here thinks this is a bad idea in the long run, it's a great fix. The slide is very stable, yet easy to pull out.
     
  4. bodia

    bodia Authorities said.....best leave it.....unsolved

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    I'm with Rider. If it works, great! I also would leave the trem screws alone. If you decide to move them, remove all tension or you could snap the heads off.
     
  5. Dablues

    Dablues New Member

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    Will do. Like you said, if it works...
     
  6. Dablues

    Dablues New Member

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    Someone at TDPRI did tell me it would throw geometry off and make intonation hard. Thoughts?
     
  7. bodia

    bodia Authorities said.....best leave it.....unsolved

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    It may cause a need to intonate, that's a valid hypothesis. If I were doing it, I would go block of wood, ala Clapton. But, if the slide works, and your intonation is meeting your needs, then you're all good!
     
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    Do you mean blocks of wood on BOTH sides of the trem? Because if it's on just the non-spring side, I'm not sure how it would be different. Thanks for the reply!
     
  9. bodia

    bodia Authorities said.....best leave it.....unsolved

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    Non spring side between the block and the body.
     
  10. WeFixFlats

    WeFixFlats Respect The Clave

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    Bill SAS 513 Just another old guy in a T-shirt

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    Congrats on the new CE...and I wouldn't mess with the 6 screws in the front of the trem either.
    However, I really like the idea of a chrome, or maybe brass, slide as a trem-block...!!!
     
  12. gush

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    Leave the screws alone. It would only lower your action and maybe too much.

    Congrats on the prs. What model will you purchase next???
     

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