I recon, the best thing to do with a strat is to fit an extra spring to pull the bridge real tight and remove the tremlo altogether.
sorry to chang the subject but I have a strat (deluxe model, USA) and if I try to tune to open E the bridge lifts up, out of posision. Do you think an extra spring or two would take care of this problem (it came with 3 springs)Also I would like to say that I have owned 3 different strats over the years (I have allways loved them) I find that the quality has gone down with the one I purchaced about a year ago. The 5 position swich is not operating properly and the holes on the back cover did not aline with the holes too restring, so I removed the back cover plate
Without meaning to upset anybody, contrary to what many people have said Fender Strats don't just drop out of tune, (I can't vouch for any copies). The problem most people have is set up and setting up any guitar properly isn't a 5 minute job for the untrained. No, your bridge shouldn't lift out of position, it should lie flat on the body of the guitar, you'll also find that if you hit for example, the bottom E string and the B string and bend the B string the note coming from the E string will also go up. This is down to set up, nothing else. I've added an additional spring to mine, (now 4 springs), this keeps the bridge secure while still allowing for the use of the trem, and no, it doesn't just drop out of tune. Doing this may mean that you'll also have to adjust your saddles. Your other option would be to hardtail it, if it's good enough for Eric Clapton......
I'd suggest taking your guitar to somebody who knows what they are doing with regards set up, don't just go by the fact that they call themselves a luthier, anybody can set up as a luthier as it's a completely unregulated industry, ask around to see who other people use as a their techy. The cost of a good set up, in the UK anyway, is about £25, will take a good techy about half an hour and you'll find it'll be like playing a new guitar if its done right.
The thing with Strats, and Tele's for that matter, is that most problems are down to set up and almost any problem can be solved quickly and cheaply if you know what you're doing.
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