PRS Custom 22 - Can't remove tremolo spring

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  1. Riplead

    Riplead New Member

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    Just got it today. Googled it and someone said PRS puts a bend in the hook side of the spring? Holy cow, I've tried needle nose pliers, screwdrivers (carefully). I can not get the frickin' spring out. This never took me more than 2 seconds to do on any other guitar. I'm ready to get my Sawzall out. :mad:
     
  2. Alnus Rubra

    Alnus Rubra Loving nature’s wonders

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    I know it’s maybe not what you want to do, but you could loosen the trem claw screws, which might help removal of that pesky spring.
     
  3. Riplead

    Riplead New Member

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    Thanks. I have it unhooked from the claw, and actually rest the guitar on my lap pressing the bar down so there's plenty of room. I wiggled the spring back and forth a bunch of times but it won't budge. I can't help but think how stupid this is. I never had one pop out in my nearly 50 years of playing. I've had Ibanez guitars where they have a metal plate that screws down over the springs to ensure they don't pop out, but once you remove that, they come out easily. I gave this a lot of force with 2 types of needle nose pliers, and I'm a pretty big guy. I can't believe this is so difficult.
     
  4. Riplead

    Riplead New Member

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    OMG I just got it out with a pair of end nippers. They look like fret end cutters or something. Holy cow. I buggered up the brass block a bit. PRS really needs to rethink this. God forbid I have to take them all out to mess with the trem. Sheesh.
     
  5. Riplead

    Riplead New Member

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    I'll tell ya one thing, if I had to pull out all the springs, I'd replace them with regular springs that don't have a bend. That's just overkill.
     
  6. dogrocketp

    dogrocketp I drank the PRS kool aid, and it was tasty!

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    The bend is there to insure that those of us with whammy madness don’t pop a spring while playing and lose pitch altogether, which I’ve done with an SE Tremonti Custom. I’ll like to bend a note, and the use the trem bar to take it up a fifth or so from the original note. I also buggered up the trem block removing a spring from a DC3. It was an otherwise mint guitar.
     
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  7. Bill SAS 513

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

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    I've never been a whammy monster, and I've never had springs get stuck while removing/rearranging them...that's weird. Glad it finally broke loose for ya'.
     

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