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Old June 26th, 2013, 02:27 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Stripped thread on Tremolo arm

for the last month or so Ive been playing a MIJ 54 RI strat.....most of the time Ill keep the tremolo arm loose but for a few tunes Ill tighten it down and position it up closer to my picking hand..

It seems I've managed to strip the threads either on the tremolo arm, or on the bridge...I've got another tremolo arm I can try but if I stripped the the threads in the mounting hole in the bridge, I'm wondering if there's any way to fix it short of replacing the bridge...or doing anything too inviolved like re-cutting the threads...

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Old June 26th, 2013, 04:57 AM   #2 (permalink)
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You may have to recut the threads with a tap and die set. Remove the arm, and closely examine the threads on the arm first. If they look messed up, use a die and recut the threads, if it's the bridge try to retap the threads there. Remember to go slow, and use oil. Turn in, loosen 1/2 turn, etc.

If it still doesn't fix it, you might try one or two wraps with some teflon plumbers tape.

Hope you get it fixed up.
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Old June 26th, 2013, 09:08 PM   #3 (permalink)
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If the bridge threads are messed up, you can change the block and keep the rest of the bridge, because the threads should be in the block, not the plate itself.
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If the threads in the block are messed up that bad, chasing them with a tap won't help at all because there in't anything left that is substantial enough to cut into. Which means either replacing the block (easy), or drilling and tapping the hole oversize and installing a threaded insert (helicoil).
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If the threads in the block are messed up that bad, chasing them with a tap won't help at all because there in't anything left that is substantial enough to cut into. Which means either replacing the block (easy), or drilling and tapping the hole oversize and installing a threaded insert (helicoil).
Exactly. There are several manufacturers of inserts, but I've found Keensert to be one of the better ones. If that's the route you go then that's what I'd use. It may be just as cheap and simple to replace in the long run though....
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I had another arm and used that one..and everything worked just fine..thanks for the suggestions!
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