Problem With Guitar's Bridge

At first I wanted to say hi to everyone registered on this forum. At second I would like to apologise for this dumb question I'm gonna ask right now, but I really have no clue, how could I resolve it. Please don't laugh (or at least if you have to laugh, please do not laugh out loud), but help me if you know how...

So what's the problem? Well, one of my guitar's part, namely bridge is located in very strange position. I mean when I bought my guitar it's been lying flat, but now it got raised very high. I'm afraid that it is going to crack soon, and I have no idea how to avoid that. Please have a look at these pictures, and you'll know what I mean (I apologise for my bad English):

How could I get it back to the flat position as it was originally? Many thanks in advance for your help!

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:shock: , Welcome, dj, and "wow" - I've never seen anything quite like that. Are there no screws holding the bridge onto the body wood at all? Screw-holes, at least?

What you can do is remove one of the tremelo springs. Many players find that all three is a bit too much anyway. That doesn't sound like the solution, though. What is the make of guitar?

Take it to a music shop and ask for them to set it up properly for you.

(Why oh why do so many budget guitars come with tremolos? Just just hamper the player!)

It looks to me like that trem should have 5 springs in it, and because 2 of them have been removed there is insufficient pull to return the bridge to the natural position. People often do this when guitars are fairly new to make the trem easier to work, but as the guitar gets older and the springs lose some of their elasticity it has the wrong effect, as can be seen from your pictures.

I would guess the two adjusting screws that hold one end of that trem spring are pulling out of the wood. You can try screwing them back in, which should effectively pull the springs tighter and pull the bridge back down. They may have just loosened with the vibration of the guitar. BUT, if you can't screw them back in because the threads in the wood are stripped, you'll have to have some repairs done. If I were doing it, I would first try putting a wooden toothpick in the screw hole, then screw in the screw. If that doesn't work, I would next go up in size one number.

How can I be sure that's the problem? Note that in the photo of the springs, the coils of the springs are almost touching each other, so they have no tension on them any more.

Well spotted mrblanche - I missed that.

MicroSark is correct, I've seen this before, I own a music store. It's a simple fix, take it to a music store or a repair technician and have 2 springs put in it and the screws tightened. It shouldn't cost you too much if the store or tech is honest, maybe $60 at the outside.

And, dur, I was completely the wrong way... er, wrong. I could tell I'd got something out on my forces acting etc, but even so... :oops:

No shame there - I completely missed that those screws were nearly hanging out!


It would be nice to hear back from djruby to see if we (between us) managed to give him any help...

Hey! Thank you very much for all your advice! I'll try to buy two additional springs and put them in. Let's see how it works! Thanks again for your valueable help!

You're very welcome, dj. Come back to tell us if things worked out OK.

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