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    trem spring muting

    What is a good way to mute the springs of your tremolo? I find that both in my al and my luke the springs tend to ring out for a significant period of time. Especially noticeable when doing fast palm muting and stuff like that. Both trems are set up floating (luke style)
    The thing is that i used to be all about stop tails untill i tried my first ebmm trem guitar. And now i love to have a trem. The musicman trems are just so stable and they seem to make the guitar even more resonant. Only down side to me is the ringing the springs do...
    1977 stingray II guitar--walnut------------maple fb
    1994 stingray 4H---------natural------------rosewood fb
    1998 sterling 4H----------trans red---------birdseye maple/rw
    2006 Jp6---------------------mystic dream--birdseye maple/rw
    2010 Classic sr4----------coral red---------birdseye maple
    2013 Luke III HSS--------olive gold--------rosewood neck
    2014 stingray 4 HH-----neptune blue---flamed maple
    2014 Luke III HSS--------bodhi blue-------birdseye maple/rw

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    Noiseless springs from fu-tone.com. The fu stands for Floyd Upgrades and not the other fu, haha. They are amazing and work perfectly. I hate the problem you describe and have had it on a couple of guitars. Not anymore. Be aware you may need to file off the coating where the spring contacts the bridge block and the screw claw though. I had all kinds of weird grounding problems before I learned that trick. Multiple guitars were humming really loud and it was because the coating on the springs messes up the ground somehow. Easy to fix in about 30 seconds with a file. Great investment and it will solve your problem without stuffing cotton or foam inside the springs, which is another option.

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    Ordered a few sets. They are pretty cheap. Thanks for the tip!
    1977 stingray II guitar--walnut------------maple fb
    1994 stingray 4H---------natural------------rosewood fb
    1998 sterling 4H----------trans red---------birdseye maple/rw
    2006 Jp6---------------------mystic dream--birdseye maple/rw
    2010 Classic sr4----------coral red---------birdseye maple
    2013 Luke III HSS--------olive gold--------rosewood neck
    2014 stingray 4 HH-----neptune blue---flamed maple
    2014 Luke III HSS--------bodhi blue-------birdseye maple/rw

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    another trick is get some cotton balls and put them put them under the springs and on the sides.... works good..

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    I've used a piece of soft foam stuffed under them. works great, doesn't effect anything else and costs nothing...
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    I know about the foam tricks and have used this myself in the past but i wouldnt want annything to get stuck in between the springs and affect tuning stability.... i dont know if it will but for the few bucks this costs, ill go with the safest option....
    1977 stingray II guitar--walnut------------maple fb
    1994 stingray 4H---------natural------------rosewood fb
    1998 sterling 4H----------trans red---------birdseye maple/rw
    2006 Jp6---------------------mystic dream--birdseye maple/rw
    2010 Classic sr4----------coral red---------birdseye maple
    2013 Luke III HSS--------olive gold--------rosewood neck
    2014 stingray 4 HH-----neptune blue---flamed maple
    2014 Luke III HSS--------bodhi blue-------birdseye maple/rw

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    I love those springs...I put them on my ebmm trems as well as my floyd roses. Here is what they look like:

    trem spring muting-al-rear-23885-jpg

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    2019 StingRay fretless - BFR - Sierra Vintage Burst
    2018 Axis SS - BFR - Buckeye Burl
    2017 StingRay 5 - 30th Ann
    2013 Luke III - PDN - emerald green sparkle
    - rosewood neck
    2012 Morse - BFR - Dark Lord
    2010 Axis SS - red flame - rosewood neck
    2009 Axis - pink quilt
    2006 StingRay fretless - 30th Ann
    2000 Axis SS - Lavender Pearl
    1996 StingRay - 20th Ann
    1995 Albert Lee - Jim Messina’s

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    This is the cheapest and most efficient way I've seen. I muted all 5 of my EBMM guitars for only a couple bucks.

    https://youtu.be/CJnAbPrmJNA

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    Steve Vai just pushed tissue paper into the springs...

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    I've done it to all of my guitars as well.. a little cotton inside the spring. To be honest, I'm completely shocked that there isn't an engineering solution that guitar builders haven't incorporated into the design.. Yes, clearly I know playing style varies greatly between players, but.. it certainly has been an issue for me forever.. Anyway, like others have said, lots of ways to quiet them..

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    Quote Originally Posted by ksandvik View Post
    Steve Vai just pushed tissue paper into the springs...
    Ive done this, if its good enough for steve vai then its good enough for me. Works a treat
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    Quote Originally Posted by dt89 View Post
    This is the cheapest and most efficient way I've seen. I muted all 5 of my EBMM guitars for only a couple bucks.

    https://youtu.be/CJnAbPrmJNA
    Yep, I do that on all my guitars, for years. It just works.

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    +1 for the tubing method
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    I've used many things in the past from foam to cotton balls to heat shrink tubes, but lately I decided to try plasti-dip on some springs... works great and looks great too.
    Current EBMM Guitars:
    2012 JPXI-7
    2014 JP6 BFR Koa
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    2018 JP15 BFR Eminence Purple

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    Could someone post a photo about this, please? I am really confused about how to do it.
    Thank you so much!

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