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Old January 28th, 2007, 09:18 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Can you lube a Strat tremolo?

I can't help thinking it would stay in tune better if you did. I'd guess you'd put lubricating stuff where the springs go into the block, and in the string holes, and on the pivot screws.

Have you done it? If I try it, can you suggest a lubricant that's safe for the finish?


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Old January 28th, 2007, 10:11 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I only put a thin film of 3-In-One on the top of each saddle, every string change. The only other thing I do, is use a minute smear of Nut Sauce in the nut slots and string trees - you really shouldn't need to put lubricant anywhere else.

I did once lube the springs on a cheapo S copy to stop them creaking, but so far have never found it necessary to do this on a real Strat.
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Old January 28th, 2007, 03:09 PM   #3 (permalink)
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re lube

Nut sauce is fine but you can use other things too.
For years I used vaseline mixed with some pencil lead, can be messy but it works great.
I got a tube of some thick oil that has teflon in it from Radio Shack it works real well for the nut and saddles and I put a little around the mounting screws on vintage style trem bridges.
Chapstick works great too for the nut.
No matter what you use though you need to have a well cut nut in the first place.
I've never heard of anyone oiling the springs, though I have seen people put a small piece of foam under them to reduce any noise, I've never tried it.
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Old January 29th, 2007, 09:16 AM   #4 (permalink)
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I've always used WD-40, not only as a lubricant but also a preservative. I put some on a Q-Tip and lightly wipe the saddles, springs and bridge parts.
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re WD40 and oil

I'm sure if you use it lightly as Sarge mentioned then WD40 or oil would be ok, but I wouldn't want to get it into the wood or finish for any prolonged period of time.
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I use a very soft pencil for the nut only. Never needed anything else...

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