I recently picked up a 96 MIJ jazzmaster, and have been tweaking the setup on it, trying to get it perfect.
Originally, the trem arm was quite loose, which was remedied by squeezing the collet on the receptacle a little tighter.
Now, I'm not sure I noticed this before, and I don't believe it has anything to do with the collet, but when I push down on the trem arm, I get a creaky sound from the spring. Would applying household oil to the spring resolve this?
Also, the tremlock button slides around too easily -I tightened it on the underside of the trem plate, but it quickly loosened itself.
I understand how the tremlock system works, and other than these 2 problems it seems to be fine. But the creakiness is absolutely unacceptable, and the lock button has too much play.
Any advice would be appreciated.