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!
     
  8. Dablues

    Dablues New Member

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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???
     
  13. Kabukiman

    Kabukiman Entry level PRS owner

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    If you screw the screws at the front of the bridge down too tight it actually prevents the bridge from resting flat on the body - or at least it does on strats and other vintage style trems. If you look closely the bridge plate has a bit of a shovel shape to it so it can rock. Leave them tight enough that they hold the bridge in place but not any tighter
     

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