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so...someone tagged me into a facebook contest. i expressed doubt that a brass trem claw would make any difference on a cheap-ass strat.


i was wrong...so hence, yon video.




brass claw etc available at killerguitarcomponents dot you know what. it's a cool thing, if it seems like spam, craig or reif, please delete this!!


but watch it first. ;)





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is buffalo hairy? never been there, seems kinda cold, so i guess hairy would make sense..




great toy...i was really surprised that it was useful, but blown away that it was an improvement..


brass crap in the 70's only added weight, imho

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I bet the brass they're using is Delta Metal*, which is an extra-hard brass alloy. Vigier guitars uses it for the fingerboards of their fretless guitars.





* or something very close to it.

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So did the Strat not stay in tune to that degree before? Is tuning stability the main benefit, or are you hearing a tone benefit as well?

Have to say I would not have imagined any audible result from merely changing the trem claw, but here you have it, the astonishing truth!

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To the Crusty Nestibule, Robin! :D:thu:



I agree that a lot of brass hardware that I'd run across on guitars over the years dulled tone at the very least (possibly a good thing for saddles under the treble-strings on some overly bright, thin, shrill axes, though), and sometimes even robbed guitars of sustain.



I recall swapping the inertia-block (the trem's tail-block) between two cheap '80s Squier Strats that were otherwise the same, just to experiment and compare. One sounded better than the other, and 100% of the mojo transferred with the inertia-block transplant- whichever guitar had the different block, sounded better.


I'd bet that individual, higher-quality hooks for each spring would sound even better yet than one claw, as well.

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the guitar actually stays in tune fine, i just really was abusing it without giving it a chance to settle...


the strings on the guitar were my signature belltones, they have a lighter tension than the ernie ball .009 i replaced it with.


since i keep the bridge fully floating (i mean, you can rip the strings off if ya want to yanking up on the bar) if the tension changes, you gotta compensate for it some.


i was just in a hurry to git-r-done, pretty much, so i didn't really stretch it or even tune the damn thing...


only cowboys...yada yada...


but...yah, old school brass is for sure a sustain and tone killer.


this didn't make the guitar stay in tune better necessarily, but it DID make a difference in the VOLUME, TONE, and SUSTAIN...all the stuff i swore it wouldn't.


it's like super high density stuff...i bet danny's right.


hit their website ....they're not cheap, but they may be a good ticket to tone for some people.


i dropped an un-subtle hint (repeatedly) that i'd LOVE the whole damn bridge assembly...




the stupid pedal trick with the tonebender was shot just before this video...i abused the bar some in that too, and no tuning issues whatsoever.



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