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FDP Forum / Guitar Mods, Repairs, and Projects / Floyd saddle locking blocks.

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New Jersey

I'm back with the otters again
Feb 8th, 2019 10:09 AM   Edit   Profile  

I don't like them but they are a fact of life that we gotta endure. These are the string attachments on the bridge with those little cube like blocks that anchor the strings in place and are tightened with a 3mm allen key.

How tight is tight enough?

Tight in the real world has an awful lot to do with what you have for breakfast, what music is playing, and the last thing your girlfriend said. With lug nuts on my truck, tight can be fairly safely judged regardless but with these little evil screws, its a bit more critical. I have twice fractured the saddle blocks. Is there a rule? Am I better off buying a torque screwdriver -- I've never seen anyone actually saying you should?


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Just beyond Mars

there's a world of fools
Feb 8th, 2019 10:31 AM   Edit   Profile  

They don't need to be tight at all to grip the string.

What I do is I stick the long end of the hex wrench into the grub screw and turn it with the short end. This sort of self-limits the amount of torque I put on the screw.

One important thing is to make sure there's no lube in there where the string is clamped. That will allow the plain strings to slip.

Mick Reid
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American-made in Oz!!
Feb 9th, 2019 03:39 PM   Edit   Profile  

On similar items I use my "two-finger torque wrench".

I hold the screwdriver between my thumb and forefinger and just kind of "roll" the handle using only the strength I have in those two digits. It allows me to get "snug" but not over-tightened or stripped.

I have small ratchet screwdriver set that has multiple tips of various sized and shaped bits (hex/allen; slotted; phillips).

It's a cheap MIC kit but I use it regularly from allen grub screws to pickguard screws.

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NW Pennsylvania

Feb 10th, 2019 12:18 AM   Edit   Profile  

Floyd user since the late 80's.

Snug is more than sufficient.

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New Jersey

I'm back with the otters again
Feb 10th, 2019 12:44 PM   Edit   Profile  

Gonna try the limited leverage of the small end of the allen key and see how it goes. I know that the nut blocks don't need much at all but there's a lot more surface contact. I'll give it a try. Thanks.

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