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Author Topic: Difference between tremolo springs of prerefined and refined models  (Read 1667 times)

Offline Wessel

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I recently bought my first Parker. It's a '97 Parker Fly Deluxe.
Unfortunately the tremolo spring broke while I was tuning the guitar.
What happend to this forum user is exactly what happend to me:
http://forums.parkerguitars.com/index.php?topic=15493.0

I read the refined | pre-refined thread:
http://forums.parkerguitars.com/index.php/topic,7795.0
However the thread did not disclose if there are any differences between the tremolo springs of the pre-refined and refined models. So are the springs the same?

Also did the Hex tremolo arm change with the refined models?

Thank you for any help you can provide.
« Last Edit: April 11, 2016, 02:58:01 PM by Wessel »

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Offline Big Swifty

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Re: Difference between tremolo springs of prerefined and refined models
« Reply #1 on: April 11, 2016, 07:11:42 PM »
No, there's no difference between springs, just be sure you use a matching spring for the string gauge, i.e. if you're using 10's, get a 10 spring!

The hard part is going to be finding one...

Hex tremolo arm... don't know, don't think it changed.

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Offline sybersitizen

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Re: Difference between tremolo springs of prerefined and refined models
« Reply #2 on: April 11, 2016, 09:08:06 PM »
Also did the Hex tremolo arm change with the refined models?

The hex arm was eliminated from the refined models, along with the industrial strength metal hex bushing that held it. Instead, Parker put in a plastic bushing with a round hole that holds an arm with a round shaft.  If you don't tighten the set screw enough, the arm will periodically slip out ... and if you tighten the set screw, the bushing is known to break periodically. The whole thing is grossly inferior to the bullet-proof original design.
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Offline TinMachine

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Re: Difference between tremolo springs of prerefined and refined models
« Reply #3 on: April 11, 2016, 11:25:19 PM »
The nylon spacer as mentioned here in the forums is an awesome upgrade from the plastic one.

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Offline Wessel

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Re: Difference between tremolo springs of prerefined and refined models
« Reply #4 on: April 12, 2016, 05:51:05 AM »
Thank you for the information. You guys are awesome! :)

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Re: Difference between tremolo springs of prerefined and refined models
« Reply #5 on: March 09, 2017, 10:09:51 PM »
Regarding the springs, I watched a pretty good video of Terry (I think) at the USM factory discussing springs.  Sounds like the refined spring design is technically the same as pre-refined (same shape, same material), BUT they went through a major manufacturing redesign to increase part yield.  One change they made was creating the last sheet metal bend AFTER the heat treatment.  So whenever you change how the thing is made, you end up with a different product in the end.  I wonder if the post-refined Fly's still suffer from spring breakage???
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