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    Noisy Tremolo Springs... What do you do?

    I'm wondering what everyone here does for Noisy Tremolo Springs. I know we're working with guitars that are a few grand and all, but what do you do to fix the Ringing?

    Here's what I do. I know it's extremely cheap, but, it works! I use some electrical tape and put it over 2 of the springs on both sides. Stops the ring and lasts quite a while! You'll also notice that I leave the back open incase I want to make some adjustments for the trem arm (I only do it when I first buy the guitar, so kind of pointless... I guess!)



    Here is a CE 22 in Whale Blue with... Electrical Tape


    Here is a Custom 24 in Autumn Sky (bought it 2 days ago...) with Electrical Tape


    Here is a Custom 24 in Fire Red with Electrical Tape


    and finally... Here is a CE 22 VIntage Yellow with... You guessed it!! ELECTRICAL TAPE!!


    so again... what do you guys use?
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    I noticed that my guitar has a bit of this as well. Would love to hear peoples' opinions on this

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    I like 'em.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sergiodeblanc View Post
    Quite brilliant, my friend! If I left the cover on... I would do this for sure!!
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    I bought some SpringNO Tremolo Spring Silencers from Allparts to try them out in my #1, which also happens to have a Tremol-no installed.

    I put them in, played for about two minutes, and immediately took them back out. Turns out I like what the springs contribute to my guitar's tone. Makes it sound livelier.

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    Block the 'trem!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sage View Post
    I bought some SpringNO Tremolo Spring Silencers from Allparts to try them out in my #1, which also happens to have a Tremol-no installed.

    I put them in, played for about two minutes, and immediately took them back out. Turns out I like what the springs contribute to my guitar's tone. Makes it sound livelier.
    I always just hated the Ringing when I was playing without an amp... on my CE's it seemed like something was wrong. The tape just stops them from vibrating it not on tight or anything haha.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jrw32 View Post
    Block the 'trem!
    I've noticed lots of people blocking out the tremolos over my last almost 20 years of playing... it's a preference... but doesn't that stop you from pulling the bar up?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gibson67v View Post
    I've noticed lots of people blocking out the tremolos over my last almost 20 years of playing... it's a preference... but doesn't that stop you from pulling the bar up?
    It does. Works well for me though as I don't use trems and play in alternate tunings sometimes. I also prefer the feel/tone when blocked. Not to derail your thread...

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    Quote Originally Posted by jrw32 View Post
    It does. Works well for me though as I don't use trems and play in alternate tunings sometimes. I also prefer the feel/tone when blocked. Not to derail your thread...
    no derailment at all! We're talkin' guitars... it's all good!
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    I used to slip a thick rubber band over the strings (it required removing them from the claw), but then decided to remove them as I believe the spring vibration has a positive effect on tone and sustain.

    I realised the noise only bothered me when I was palm muting, then completely stopping playing and listening for the noise. In a normal band situation I didn't notice the noise, ever.

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    Quote Originally Posted by justmund View Post
    I used to slip a thick rubber band over the strings (it required removing them from the claw), but then decided to remove them as I believe the spring vibration has a positive effect on tone and sustain.

    I realised the noise only bothered me when I was palm muting, then completely stopping playing and listening for the noise. In a normal band situation I didn't notice the noise, ever.
    Exactly! I could only hear it when I was playing without an amp. I'm currently in an apartment (which is painful!!) so I play mostly without an amp as I don't usually get home from work until 6 (only a few amplifier hours available)... I usually take the tape off when I'm recording (not for tonal reasons... I just do it instinctively hahaha). I know a lot of players that will tape off the High E and B strings when they're recording (if they aren't using those strings...) I just never understood that because I always thought that it was kind of cheating yourself.
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