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Best Vintage Strat Trem Replacement


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What is the best replacement for a Vintage style (i.e. attaches to body with the six screws) Strat Tremolo bridge?

 

My brother has a Mexican Strat, and wants to replace the stock one.

 

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Check out the offerings for Made-In-Mexico Strats from Calaham; best in the biz; better than anything Fender makes now, and with improvements to durability and function (including tuning-stability and performance) over the vintage originals, too.

 

No voodoo or hype, just common sense, and good engineering and precision machining!

 

Please Note: IIRC, many- perhaps all- MIM Strats have a different spacing at the bridge than vintage and vintage-reissue designs...

 

http://www.musicplayer.com/ubb/icons/icon2.gif Calaham "Mex Upgrades"

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If he has the Mexican, the Fender American Vintage tremolo is a nice upgrade. The steel block on the American Vintage is rumoured to be the best thing you can do to a Strat for tone improvement, and they are all CNC'd parts as opposed to the Mexican. You can see an obvious improvement in build quality, but it does cost. I believe a Genuine Fender MIM Vintage tremolo runs around $35 US, whereas the Genuine Fender American Vintage tremolo runs at $120 US! I actually have two Strats, one with each. Yea, the AV does look better if you REALLY LOOK HARD, and as far as tonal improvement, well, you'd need ears far more sensitive than mine to hear a difference. There are some noname replacements on the market, but they lack that nifty stamped Fender logo on the saddle.
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Hey Caevan,

 

I actually do not know! My brother lives in Mill Valley, which is near San Francisco. I live in Pennsylvania. So, I'm not too near him. He is famous for not getting to things......

 

I did check out Calaham, and was impressed. If I ever need a replacement trem for one of my Strats, I'd give them a try.

 

Thanks for asking!

Don

 

"There once was a note, Pure and Easy. Playing so free, like a breath rippling by."

 

 

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Second Caevan's vote for the Calaham. Put one on my Clapton Strat. It's a beautiful thing, both from the standpoint of sonics and performance. Stays in tune, too :thu:

 

P.S. My guitar tech recommended floating the bridge, which is counter to Calaham's recommendation. I was reluctant, but my tech was right, it does stay in tune, so no need to hard-set to the body. You also get vibrato in both directions!

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Yeah, contrary to what might seem common sense, I like a floatin' trem, myself. Not so much for up-trem wankery (although that can be cool fun, too), but for puttin' some shimmery warbly whammy swimmery on chords 'n' fills 'n' such... a floater sounds better for that, to me.

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The Wilkinson Vintage Tremolo is very good for the money. It has a full size steel block, pop-in vintage style tremolo arm, and the string holes through the block are staggered to closer match the natural position of the saddles when they are intonated. This helps with the break angle passing over the saddle to keep strings from snagging during tremolo use. It really works, too!
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