Softer springs for the OFR - what do you guys use?

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Softer springs for the OFR - what do you guys use?

Post by KickstartMyHeart » Mon Oct 30, 2017 10:08 am

I´m planning a complete do-over of my 83 Imp (Blackie). Already ordered new wiring, pots, caps - the works.

Additionally I´d like to swap the rather hard set of springs on the OFR with a set of softer ones to get a softer action with the trem.

I´ve heard a lot of good things about the Raw Vintage stuff (http://rawvintage.com/eng/item_springs.php). Have any of you has experience with them OR what do you use in such a case?
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Post by HowlinWolf » Mon Oct 30, 2017 12:26 pm

I've never sought out softer springs but maybe these could be the answer http://www.fu-tone.com/catalog/index.ph ... cts_id=307 ... or maybe someone has experience with the one you linked to and can share his opinion on it. Or you could remove one spring if you have 3 on it but I'm sure you already know that.

Anyways, looking forward to the development of this thread. :headbang :toast
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Post by leftykramerguy » Tue Oct 31, 2017 1:26 am

Always went 3 springs and loosen the holding screws. shrug
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Post by _xxx_ » Wed Nov 01, 2017 11:50 am

Standard Am. Fender springs are the best IMO and rather on the soft side. Feel just like those old Kramer ones. You could use two but that feels too soft, so I use three.

https://www.amazon.com/Fender-Tremolo-T ... B002L2E1TQ

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Post by KickstartMyHeart » Fri Nov 03, 2017 2:55 am

Thanks so far for your input :thumbs . I just went with the Fender set for starters.
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Post by menace » Fri Nov 03, 2017 1:01 pm

Let me know how that works out.

I am having a HELL off a time with the 2017 giveaway.

2 Springs is too soft and 3 springs feel like I can lift my garage door with the bar.........

I may be shopping for some springs if this gets the feedback I hope.
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Post by _xxx_ » Fri Nov 03, 2017 3:50 pm

Just make sure you ordered the black ones for the modern US trems and not the vintage version. Vintage are kinda "stiffer" and feel less smooth.

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Post by KickstartMyHeart » Sat Nov 04, 2017 9:07 am

_xxx_ wrote:Just make sure you ordered the black ones for the modern US trems and not the vintage version.
Just followed your link. The black ones are on their way.

And I have the same problem, Tony: 2 is too weak and three much too stiff for my taste.
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Post by _xxx_ » Sat Nov 04, 2017 11:46 am

If the springs cavity allows it, you can try a shorter sustain block - that reduces the tension a bit as well.

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Post by KickstartMyHeart » Mon Nov 06, 2017 7:45 am

This project almost gave me an ulcer :cen .

Prepped and soldered everything according to the project plan meaning two Hummers, one three-way, one Vol and two Tones. Nothing fancy or sophisticated. So far so good. Plugged it in and ... nothing :yikes . Checked my soldering, checked any pot and switch used. Measured forward and backward. Checked here and the rest of the web for wiring diagrams. Couldn´t find where I did go wrong. Tried several other wirings to no avail. Let it sit the whole sunday because I was completely stumped by this problem.

Last stop barrel jack and ...

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Not only had I ordered Switchcraft´s STEREO Barrel Jack instead of the mono version (same price, just one digit in the product serial# away). No, to add insult to injury I soldered my hot out to the middle ring instead of the hot tip :bang :bang :bang :bang .

Well, five minutes later everything worked according to plan.

Pics and description to follow when the 7ender springs arrive. For now I´m just a bit drained and massively embarrassed :rant .

Don´t hold your breath, tho, it´s just some tiny do-over. On the other hand, the result surprised me big time.
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