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December 03, 2006

SX Strat bridge upgraded!

This weekend, I performed some SX Strat bridge upgrade work - I put in the vintage style tremolo bridge I got from Guitarfetish.com. I has a much bigger steel block, and it's quite a decent bridge upgrade for a cheap guitar like this. Not expensive either, somewhere around $25-27.00.

I ran into a problem right away. The six screws on the new bridge did not line up with holes in the body from the old bridge. Well, I grabbed the electronic drill and made 2 holes only, for the outer screws.

The way I installed the bridge makes it stay in tune better. Here's how:

  1. Use only the two other screws.
  2. Carefully tighten the two outside screws down until they are flush with the top of the bridge plate

The bridge will now pivot on the outside screws. The difficulty lies in getting the exact height on these screws. Too loose and the bridge can travel vertically, too tight and the bridge will bind and pull at the screws. It is hard to get it right - take your time and be patient. You will need to have a good nut installment also for the guitar to stay in tune well, which I don't have yet. I still have the cheap plastic nut so I need to replace that one.

Next thing I need is a new nut - I am going to find a new neck for this guitar - the stock neck has some buzzing issues and I'm not too fond of the feel of it - too "fat".

By Robert Renman - www.dolphinstreet.com

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Posted by Robert Renman on December 03, 2006

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