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Stripped thread on Tremolo arm

Discussion in 'Stratocaster Discussion Forum' started by Don Miller, Jun 26, 2013.

  1. Don Miller

    Don Miller Tele-Afflicted

    Mar 16, 2003
    Anchorage, Alaska
    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...
     
  2. TeleTim911

    TeleTim911 Friend of Leo's

    Sep 28, 2009
    Calera, Alabama
    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.
     
  3. Willie D

    Willie D Friend of Leo's

    Nov 19, 2004
    So. Illinois
    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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  5. Frodebro

    Frodebro Doctor of Teleocity

    Aug 17, 2012
    Seattle
    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).
     
  6. lineboat

    lineboat Friend of Leo's

    Aug 6, 2012
    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....
     
  7. Don Miller

    Don Miller Tele-Afflicted

    Mar 16, 2003
    Anchorage, Alaska
    I had another arm and used that one..and everything worked just fine..thanks for the suggestions!
     
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