Fender tremolo arm confusion

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  1. SwedishWings

    SwedishWings New Member

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    Hi,

    I'm trying to figure out what tremolo arm to get for my US made strat, see image. The more i read about it the more confused i get.

    Any help is most welcome!

    Cheers,
    Mike
     

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  2. South Park

    South Park Well-Known Member

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    The tremolo block has thread size you have to start with that . Find the arm or replace the block with arm that fits . Not much more you can do
     
  3. RCM 800

    RCM 800 Well-Known Member

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    I dont know if this will help but my CS strat has a push in bar, my USA one has a screw in bar. They otherwise look the same. I will try and take a pic of the different ends when I get home.
     
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  4. PaulHikeS2

    PaulHikeS2 Well-Known Member

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    Depends on the year and the model. That picture of the bridge is not the current model. You can email Fender support and they should be able to help, if the bridge is original to the guitar. I'm guessing it's a push in, if the guitar is recent.
     
  5. RCM 800

    RCM 800 Well-Known Member

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    My CS Strat, push in bar.
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    My USA Strat, 1/4" threaded bar
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  6. junk notes

    junk notes Well-Known Member

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    For traditional thread replacement bars, I go with Callaham's (Gilmour style 4 1/8"). Good stuff!
     
  7. Georgiatec

    Georgiatec Well-Known Member VIP Member

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    Looking for something I don't remember what.
    My '99 USA std. has a regular screw in type.
     
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  8. SwedishWings

    SwedishWings New Member

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    Everything else is original as far as I can see, so I guess the bridge is original as well. According to the serial:

    Your guitar was made at the
    Corona Plant (Fender), USA
    in 1993 - 1994
    Production Number: 129681

    Do you think this is "recent"?

    It feels like threads in the hole if i scratch the inside with an A-string. But maybe it is like that also on the push in?
     
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    pedecamp Well-Known Member

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    I never had luck getting a Strat tremolo to work without going grossly out of tune. :(
     
  10. PaulHikeS2

    PaulHikeS2 Well-Known Member

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    If it were me, I would buy Fender 099-2310-100 Standard Stratocaster Tremolo Arm. It should fit. 6mm thread seems to be the consensus. And it can be had for less than $10.
     
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  11. SwedishWings

    SwedishWings New Member

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    Thanks all!

    Reverb did not deliver to my location, so i ended up ordering this one from Amazon, which hopefully is correct.
     
  12. RCM 800

    RCM 800 Well-Known Member

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    2 point with a properly lubed and cut nut and locking tuners are pretty stable. I save divebombing and flutters for floyds but they are fine for most normal vibrato effects as long as theyre set up correctly.
     
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  13. RLW59

    RLW59 Well-Known Member

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    That says it's for the Mexican Standard -- the threads won't fit your American Standard.

    Back then, there was the "Standard Strat" (made in Mexico) and the "American Standard Strat". You need a trem arm specifically labeled for the American Standard.
     

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