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  • What is a good tremolo bridge upgrade for a MIM Srat?

    What is a good upgrade tremolo bridge for a MIM Standard Fat Strat? Any suggestions? I've been wanting to upgrade that part of the guitar for some time now but have no idea. I haven't really seen anything about upgrading bridges for them. What about the Wilkinson fits all strats tremolo? Help please!
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  • #2
    Anyone?
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    • #3
      Don't bother changing the whole tremolo.

      If you aren't happy with the tone and tuning stability, then just change out your saddles and tuners.

      I highly recommend titanium saddles. They are pricey but add a lot of top end detail to your sound (if you're playing through a good tube amp).

      Cheap locking tuners, like they sell at guitarfetish.com, are excellent. I've used them on a few guitars and they hold tune well, even when it comes to plenty of whammy.

      The only thing is: with these GFS cheapies, you wil need pliers when changing your strings.

      Good luck.

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      • #4
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        • #5
          Try the Wilkenson I had a vintage compensated bridge on my strat and I think it was one of the better upgrades I did to it.

          http://www.stewmac.com/shop/Bridges,_tailpieces/Electric_guitar_tremolos/Wilkinson_Gotoh_VSVG_Vintage_Tremolo.html
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          • #6
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            • #7
              Go to Guitarfetish,. Jay has a Wilkinson that will drop right in. BIG DIFFERENCE. The Callahams are real nice but REAL EXPENSIVE. You could put a GOOD STEEL bridge in for $29.00.

              I swapped just the saddle's on my RC Strat. But its a HARDTAIL? The saddle's alone cost me $30. for Orig. Vintage Fender? So I don't know that your saving a whole lot with a GOOD set of saddles?

              I use my Trems all the time and only play Trem guitars. Wilkinson Trems are "ONE" of the best I have played. PRS and Fender CS being the other's.
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                • #9
                  callaham


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                  • #10
                    Will all these bridges fit the MIM? Cuz I was looking on GFS and he sells stock replacement MIM bridges and then "vintage" bridges with the 6 screw plate. All the bridges everyone mentioned above all have the 6 screw plate but are all vintage. Will they still fit the MIM regardless?
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                    • #11
                      if you are willing to do more work, and want total tuning stability and increased sustain, try the tremking. I put one on my strat and love it. That said, you would have to do some extra routing. Worth it in my opinion.

                      Otherwise, Wilkenson.
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                      • #12
                        IF you can find it, see if you can grab a Music Man vintage tremelo system. I think it would fit, and they are stable as all hell (I used to like floyds...)
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                        • #13
                          Isn't the Wilkinson sold at Guitar Fetish the water-downed version?

                          (I probably shouldn't believe half the stuff the internet says but anyways..)

                          Try changing the block, from my experience it helps a lot with sustain (i.e. www.callahamguitars.com)
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                          • #14
                            if you are willing to do more work, and want total tuning stability and increased sustain, try the tremking. I put one on my strat and love it. That said, you would have to do some extra routing. Worth it in my opinion.

                            Otherwise, Wilkenson.


                            What kind of extra routing would be needed? And out of curiousity I'm still curious if a vintage spec tremolo bridge would fit in my MIM bridge. Can I get a good wilkinson and just drop it in?
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                            • #15
                              As for routing, nothing extensive. You need to extend the trem cavity back (away from the neck) a bit and drill an extra hole where the trem claw is. I didn't drill, I just used a lot of pressure, a screw, and a screwdriver. Finally, you have to add an extra hole in the top of the guitar ><

                              So, you can't go back to stock withotu that extra hole. That is worth considering. DO watch the video on the tremking site and see if you are interested.
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