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An unexpected improvement

Discussion in 'Stratocaster Discussion Forum' started by 1 21 gigawatts, Apr 18, 2021.

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    1 21 gigawatts Tele-Holic

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    My Squire SE had a flaw that bothered me for awhile. The trem claw holes were drilled wrong which positioned the claw way off center. Since the Squire claw is shorter than the Fender, I was hoping that using the longer claw would only require redrilling one hole.

    I purchased the Fender Pure Vintage claw and springs and just finished installing them. Happily, the hole placement worked out where I did only have to drill one hole, and it was far enough away from the original to not cause any problems. It looks much better than before. I already had the MIM trem assembly, so now the entire trem system is Fender.

    As an added benefit, I swear that it now sounds better too. I can't imagine that the vintage springs could make a difference in sound, but it definitely sounds more resonant. Well worth the $12!
     
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    Does it have a fatter trem block in it? I put a steel block/steel saddle Wilkinson unit in my Strat and noticed a large improvement. I now do that to all my Strat type guitars along with a Tusq XL nut. Those 2 mods make them sound better and play better.

    Realigning the claw and better quality claw and springs would make for better sound due to having a better setup alignment for the tremolo.
     
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    Yes. The MIM trem assembly (with full sized steel block) was the first thing that I did to it. I lived with the misaligned trem claw figuring that it really didn't matter, but it finally bugged me enough to fix it. I didn't expect any real improvement other than looks, but unless it is just in my head, it sure sounds better.
     
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