Muting saddle springs.

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  1. LutherBurger

    LutherBurger Friend of Leo's

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    Last week I installed a 3-saddle (Wilkinson) bridge for the first time in years. It feels fine and sounds good, but when I apply any decent, socially acceptable amount of gain to the bridge pickup's signal, I can hear the saddle springs ringing. I haven't played any 3-saddle bridge in a long time, so I don't remember whether this is normal -- I only know that it bugs me.

    I stretch cotton balls and insert them between the tremolo springs in my strats to keep those springs quiet, but I'd prefer a less visible solution for these springs. I'm considering putting a wrap or two of cellophane tape around each spring, but I thought I'd ask for other recommendations here before proceeding.

    What have you done to keep your saddle springs from ringing? Thank you very much for your replies.

    P.S. The bridge's setup is perfect right now, so bonus points will be awarded for solutions that do not involve moving the saddles or strings.
     
  2. Peegoo

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    Are you sure it's the saddle springs?

    It's probably the three pickup mounting suspension springs you're hearing. Change them to rubber tubes.
     
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  3. LutherBurger

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    Yes, I'm sure. I mounted both pickups with latex tubes.
     
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    a small blob of hot glue to hold the spring on the thread and stop the rattle?...
     
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  5. LutherBurger

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    I like that idea. Thank you.
     
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    How about some heat shrink tubing, it comes in all the colours and sizes. Just don't shrink it in the screws!
     
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    boris bubbanov Tele Axpert Ad Free Member

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    The gauge of the saddle springs on those Wilkies is quite light. The M3 hardware let Sung Il go with a more delicate spring. You could tap out those saddles to 6-32 and use 6-32 hardware and a larger ID spring of heavier wire (like an AV52 uses) and the problem will resolve.
     
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    Tubes or fabric, take your pick.
     
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