Tremolo blocks

Discussion in 'Tech-Talk' started by DUSTER, May 18, 2017.

  1. DUSTER

    DUSTER Squier-Meister

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    May 2, 2014
    Greensburg, Pa.
    I want to swap out for a better one (possibly brass) in my Standard Strat but the more I learn, the more confused I am.
     
  2. Kenneth Mountain

    Kenneth Mountain Squier-holic

    Jan 27, 2016
    North Tonawanda, NY
    BD uses some nice ones from England - you tell the guy what guitar you have and he hooks you up with the right block, there are others available - lesser quality but in USA ? Guitar Fetish ? Someone knows on here ! I know what you mean - trying to understand which one is which is a little crazy !
     
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  3. Michael7

    Michael7 Squier-holic

    Most Squiers with the original block are going to use the 10.5mm import string spacing. Note the right-most hole in these, which is where the whammy bar screws in. If you look at the center Import one, the whammy bar hole is about in the middle of the block, evenly between the 6 string holes and the 3 mounting screw holes. If that matches your existing block, it is what you need. If you have a Mexico bridge assembly, possibly from a prior upgrade, it has the whammy bar hole almost in line with the 3 mounting screw holes.

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    Here is the GFS (Guitar Fetish Sales) link if you want to look into one further, you can get steel or brass.
    http://www.guitarfetish.com/Steel-and-Brass-Tremolo-Upgrade-Blocks_c_216.html
     
  4. DUSTER

    DUSTER Squier-Meister

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    I'm guessing that the 11.3 or 10.5 are measured center to center on the holes. I notice that some aren't giving any measurements or hole position info, they're just listing what it SHOULD fit. Another question I have is.......that shouldn't matter if I buy the assembly with the bridge and saddles, correct?
     
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  5. Michael7

    Michael7 Squier-holic

    Yes, 10.5mm is string spacing for imports. 10.5 x 5 = 52.5, which is 2.07" after dividing by 25.4. That is what is commonly referred to as 2 1/16" spacing.

    If you buy the assembly, then of course everything matches, but often a bigger block will require some wood removal within the trem cavity. Here you can see what I had to do to get adequate room for the trem to swing back when depressing the bar.

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    Last edited: May 19, 2017
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  6. Bailey1214

    Bailey1214 Squier-Meister

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    Not really sure but I think in the vintage 6 screw trem the mounting screws align with the string spacing so it has to match what string spacing your guitar has.
     
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  7. DUSTER

    DUSTER Squier-Meister

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    Greensburg, Pa.
    Another issue into my mix is that I have a two point bridge plate and the assembly (block and plate) is a good chunk of change. I'm going to just measure to figure out what block I need and go from there.
     
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  8. DUSTER

    DUSTER Squier-Meister

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    May 2, 2014
    Greensburg, Pa.
    Well, I ordered the correct block but it's off just a bit for the trem arm. I'll just take a file to it. Brass bridge.jpg
     
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  9. Caddy

    Caddy Dr. Squier

    Nov 29, 2010
    Indiana
    That looks like the difference in the MIM block and the import block from GFS. The import block. like our Squires, are centered and the MIM one is slightly toward the back of the bridge.
     
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  10. Michael7

    Michael7 Squier-holic

    It looks like you got a MIM block, since the whammy bar hole lines up with the 3 mounting screw holes. But the block hole does not quite center on the the bridge plate hole. It may be that the 2-point bridge plates are slightly different from the 6-point bridge plates in regard to the location of the hole for the bar. I'm sure filing the hole out will do the trick, but you shouldn't have to.
     
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  11. DUSTER

    DUSTER Squier-Meister

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    May 2, 2014
    Greensburg, Pa.
    Well, you guys are correct.....I ordered the wrong one. By this picture you can see how I got it wrong. It (trem arm hole) appears to sit off to the side a bit more than it does. I'll just keep it.....may need it in the future......I ordered the other. Until the correct one comes I'll use this one.......BIG difference in the sound. old trem block.jpg
     
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  12. mikesr1963

    mikesr1963 Squier-Meister

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    Which block did you order?
     
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  13. DUSTER

    DUSTER Squier-Meister

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    May 2, 2014
    Greensburg, Pa.
    I just can't win...... This is the newest one Trem block #2.jpg
     
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  14. Caddy

    Caddy Dr. Squier

    Nov 29, 2010
    Indiana
    Easiest way is to just order the complete trem assembly, either GFS one for import or Fender MIM.
     
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  15. mikesr1963

    mikesr1963 Squier-Meister

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    Where did you get this block from?
     
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  16. Strato67

    Strato67 Squier-holic

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    Damn sorry man...I usually just get a whole trem..
     
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  17. mikm

    mikm Dr. Squier

    Jun 4, 2012
    NY
    It's a two point trem.
     
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  18. surf green

    surf green Squier-holic

    Jul 15, 2014
    RI
    Drill out the trem plate to open the hole for the trem arm. I've been through this with GFS blocks a few times, sometimes they fit, sometimes no. I think the original plate holes are 3/16", I've drilled up to 3/8" to make it work.
     
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  19. jjudas

    jjudas Squier-holic

    Mar 23, 2016
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  20. Strato67

    Strato67 Squier-holic

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    Check Ebay to ..I remember seeing some full size blocks two point trems for like 20 bucks.
     
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