We all know that it is very annoying to have a loose and wobbly tremolo arm and trem-arm holder.
So here are the ways to fix it.

 

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1.
We need to get the tremolo out of the guitar to be able to tighten the arm holder well.
So take the spring cover plate off from the back of the guitar.


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2.
What you need to do to be able to remove the springs, without having to cut the strings and to pull the tremolo arm down like I do in the picture.


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3.
While still holding the arm down with one hand, grab on to a spring and pull it in the direction of the arrow until they come off the hook that is holding it.



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4.
Get them all loose, like this.



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5.
When you let go of the tremolo arm, the whole bridge will come out of the guitar like this.



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6.
Then grab the tremolo like in the picture and pull it back in the direction of the arrow.



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7.
Push it back and up until it is free from the bridge height adjustment screws (indicated with a green arrow) that the tremolo is hanging onto.


 

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8.
And the tremolo should come out like this.



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9.
Now you need to find a flat screwdriver that is big enough to fit into the two cuts (where the white arrows are pointing) in the socket that you put the trem-arm in.


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10.
Then you need to find a wrench that will fit on the nut that the arrow is pointing at.

 

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11.
Then you tight it up by holding the tremolo like this. Tighten it well or your tremolo arm will wobble around soon again, and that is not what we want.


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12.
If you feel that your trem-arm gets loose really fast again, even if you have gone through the steps in section 9-11, using a small drop of super glue in the small crack (where the arrows are pointing) will do the trick. The glue should not come down in the hole where you plug the arm in, but in the crack around the cap that is holding the arm in place and the block of the tremolo. I have glued that on all of my guitars and it has never come loose again. And don't worry about it being glued there, it is a part that you never need to remove, so if it stays there forever, then great. You can do it nicer than I did if you don’t want to see the glue.


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13.
The next part that we need to take a look at is the small plastic rings that are sitting at the end of the tremolo arm. The ones pointed at with the arrows. They are called Torque Bushings and cost very little to buy.

 

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14.
You need to take them off with a small screwdriver and either change them for new ones (easy to buy in any music shop) or paint where the red arrow is pointing with some nail polish or similar thing. This will make the plastic ring bigger since the nail polish will push the plastic out from the inside of the ring.


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And now to the final step. On the back of the thing that you push your trem-arm into is a thing called the arm holder. On the top of that is a little screw holding a small spring that is pushing on the trem-arm and holds it in place.


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16.
Unscrew that screw so you can get that little spring off (it's called a spring for arm holder).
What we are going to do is to gently bend it just a little in the direction the two arrows are pointing. This will make it push harder against the trem-arm and hold it better.
This is the little thing that clicks when you push the arm in place.

 

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17.
Make sure that you get the little ring at the end of the spring back into the hole on the arm holder (the arrow is pointing at it) when you put it back on again. Then tighten up the screw nice and well.

 

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18.
That’s it, you’re done and your trem-arm won’t be loose for a while again (and hopefully not for a long time). So put the tremolo back on the guitar and go play.
Go to step 5-7 again and do it backwards. Then put a small screwdriver in the ring of the spring and hold it against the hook on the spring holder plate (like in the picture).


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Then just push the screwdriver in the direction of the arrow and the spring will slide down onto the holder nice and easy. Now do that with all the springs and put the cover plate back on, and you’re done!


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