Number of springs... would it matter?

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  1. littlebadboy

    littlebadboy New Member

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    I have a newly installed Mann bridge on my S2 Standard. However, the electronics are still being worked on.

    Do I really need all 4 springs on it? I wanted the trem to be a little softer to wank. Will I be able to use just 3 of them? If yes, is there any config?

    Thanks!
     
  2. bodia

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

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    3 will work. I would try to space them out equally.
     
  3. littlebadboy

    littlebadboy New Member

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    Thanks for the advice!
     
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  4. Rider1260

    Rider1260 New Member

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    Actually depending on the guitar more springs at a lower tension can make the trem feel less stiff worked on my first single cut trem
     
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  5. shimmilou

    shimmilou Established in 1963

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    I like 3 springs too. | | | or / | \
     
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  6. Boogie

    Boogie Zombie Two, DFZ

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    On my guitars, the claw screw length dictates. Once they get pulled out too far, I get nervous and add another spring. Mr. Clean is like that and I just restrung with 10s in an experimental move. Went to 3 springs (man, getting that middle spring out can be a bear) and the bridge leveled out with a little further tension adjustment.
     
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  7. littlebadboy

    littlebadboy New Member

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    Thank you all!

    I found an interesting article on springs.

    It mentioned an interesting configuration:
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    To get a little more stability on the low strings, hook two springs into the first two openings on the low E side of the counterbalance and onto the first two claws. On the high E side, hook the third spring from the outermost hole on the bridge counterbalance to the second claw from the end (Figure A).
     
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  8. AP515

    AP515 Mostly Normal

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    Try any configuration you like. Just be aware that when you take tension off the trem it will move when you bend. So when bending to pitch, the note will be in a different location than your muscle memory.
     
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  9. littlebadboy

    littlebadboy New Member

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    I took one spring off today. I liked the action better. The flutter is more pronounced now. However, I am still struggling to find the right trem spring tension. I can't seem to balance the bridge well.
     
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