51 Kevin Frye 6 months ago The first thing is to take the slop out of the lever. On my 1999 Custom Shop model, that meant taking out the vibrato block and smacking it with a ball peen hammer to tighten the threaded hole. (BZ)Billy- I found a less destructive way that really works, at least it did for the two Strats I had over the years.... Teflon tape. It's the stuff plumbers et al use to wrap around threads before they join two pieces together (like on a kitchen faucet, for instance). Cheap, non-sticky, and two or three wraps around the post takes all the slop out of the thing without so much as a ding being made..Of course, that ding may add a certain je ne sais quois to the instrument, while at the same time relieve some of the stress from the ding-er.But teflon tape works, too.