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How to put a whammy/tremolo bar on this guitar?

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This model comes with a whammy;http://www.deanguitars.com/home.php If you have the one at this link:http://guitars.musiciansfriend.com/product/Dean-Vendetta-XM-Electric-Guitar?sku=512150 You are better off saving money and getting the one at the first link. Here is why Parts:http://www.stewmac.com/shop/Bridges,_tailpieces/Electric_guitar_tremolos/Floyd_Rose_tremolos_and_parts.html Routing:http://www.stewmac.com/freeinfo/Hardware_installation/Guitar_hardware/i-1119.html or http://www.stewmac.com/freeinfo/Hardware_installation/Guitar_hardware/i-1118.html You need the tools and skills necessary to take a guitar that has a different bridge system and install a tremelo system.

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The "handle type thing" is a Tremolo or, more often referred to as a "whammy" bar. The thing at the base of the strings is called a bridge. Looking at the strings, there should be a hole to the right of the smallest string. If your "handle" is threaded, stick the threaded end into the hole and rotate in a clockwise motion. Once is hits the bottom of the threads, back it off one turn and gravity will let it hang out of the way while you play. If there are no threads, it will slip in and you will feel a "click" when it's in the proper position.

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To install a spring, loosen or remove your guitar strings, open the cover on the back, and install the spring over the hooks on the bridge and the hook on a metal bar on the other end of the cavity. Replace the cover, insert your "handle", and wiggle-away.

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