The springs should only be tightened to help keep the bridge parallel to the body.:smile:yur maybe hearing the springs- yu tried tightening them?i personally feel tremolos are a lost cause- but i can still make em work- tension may be key here - id try tightening the springs- then id throw the whammy bar away- stupidist invention in guitar history
Do you hear it both acoustically and when you're plugged in? What frets do you hear it on? It's likely that you just need to raise the action or tweak the truss rod.
Maybe you knocked the plate off of the pivot post? Could also be that the rear route does not have enough clearance and the springs are biting wood.....im not sure but... the first time i use the tremolo arm i pushed it fairly hard and heard a *kong* sound inside the guitar...
This is probably caused by the string hitting the highest fret (if you have 22 frets it would be hitting the 22 fret) this is caused by low action. The remedy is to not hack at the strings with your pick. Hope this helps:rockon2: