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Bridge Screws Tightened All The Way?

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I'm assembling a strat for the first time and have a question about attaching the bridge. I have a vintage style tremolo bridge. Should I tighten the 6 screws all the way or leave a little slack? My line of thought is that perhaps a little slack is necessary for tremolo operation, but I'm a first-timer and not sure. Thanks,


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i assume that there is a section on the screws for the unit to pivot on that doesnt get screwed into the wood. so id say you would tighten it firmly, as anything less would start to effect sustain, and even pull the bridge out of place from the string tension.

having said that ive never used any trem style bridges so id wait for someone else to chime in.

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