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    Default Decent/cheap vintage tremolo bridge for strat?

    What would get good ones..? I'm not rich, and I don't use the trem, but I need to replace the bridge anyway I don't know much about those vintage style bridges, so any help is appreciated... thanks guys!

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    Default Re: Decent/cheap vintage tremolo bridge for strat?

    I think Gotohs aren't very expensive and their quality is top notch. They cheaper models are quite inexpensive.
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    I prefer cheaper guitars, nothing is as cool as a cheap guitar that sounds awesome.
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    Default Re: Decent/cheap vintage tremolo bridge for strat?

    Can't find any correct ones... the 6 screws have a 53mm spacing which no modern makers seem to do... <_<

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    Default Re: Decent/cheap vintage tremolo bridge for strat?

    Quote Originally Posted by Pierre View Post
    Can't find any correct ones... the 6 screws have a 53mm spacing which no modern makers seem to do... <_<
    Plug it and re-drill it?

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    Default Re: Decent/cheap vintage tremolo bridge for strat?

    are we talking about a MIM strat here? what is the make year and model of the guitar in question?

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    Default Re: Decent/cheap vintage tremolo bridge for strat?

    ps-Gotohs are nice bridges... i have one and love it... i'm just not a fan of vintage string spreads... but still it's a great bridge for the vintage type!!!

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    Default Re: Decent/cheap vintage tremolo bridge for strat?

    It's a Charvel model 1.

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    Default Re: Decent/cheap vintage tremolo bridge for strat?

    Quote Originally Posted by Pierre View Post
    It's a Charvel model 1.
    whats wrong with the original bridge? I have a 1987 Model 1 and i love that bridge... 6 screw bridge with a heavy block and modern saddles...

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    Default Re: Decent/cheap vintage tremolo bridge for strat?

    It's the last step in what's making her stay out of tune. I replaced pretty much everything else :P

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    Default Re: Decent/cheap vintage tremolo bridge for strat?

    Wilkinson. End of Thread.

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    Default Re: Decent/cheap vintage tremolo bridge for strat?

    Wilkinsons are GREAT but I'd hardly call them inexpensive.

    53? Are you sure? My MiM has sth between 55.3 and 56. 53 sounds so narrow...
    Not sure you'll be able to find one for cheap. Unless you can scrounge sth up from eBay...
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    Default Re: Decent/cheap vintage tremolo bridge for strat?

    Quote Originally Posted by Pierre View Post
    It's the last step in what's making her stay out of tune. I replaced pretty much everything else :P

    if your Model 1 is like mine it has a pointy headstock right? Mine is still 100% stock like it was in 1987... NOS besides a nasty ding to the point of the headstock... It has the black plastic nut that is not the best

    but with a pointy Jackson/Charvel style headstock i could never see a non-locking trem working too well at all... The strings are angled back and then also angled to the tuners..... in my mind it's a bad design for non-locking trems as there is extra friction points...

    i wouldn't think it's your trem causing the tuning issues....

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    Default Re: Decent/cheap vintage tremolo bridge for strat?

    I have a Fender MIJ 6-point tremolo that seems pretty good to me.

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    Default Re: Decent/cheap vintage tremolo bridge for strat?

    Quote Originally Posted by WhoFan View Post
    if your Model 1 is like mine it has a pointy headstock right? Mine is still 100% stock like it was in 1987... NOS besides a nasty ding to the point of the headstock... It has the black plastic nut that is not the best

    but with a pointy Jackson/Charvel style headstock i could never see a non-locking trem working too well at all... The strings are angled back and then also angled to the tuners..... in my mind it's a bad design for non-locking trems as there is extra friction points...

    i wouldn't think it's your trem causing the tuning issues....
    I don't use the trem.

    The nut is fine, the saddles are fine, the tuners are fine. Last thing would be the trem block maybe wearing out or just being destroyed from the inside. I tried everything else. I made a thread about it about a week ago.

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    Default Re: Decent/cheap vintage tremolo bridge for strat?

    Seen a few Wilkinson 5+1 vintage style bridges on ebay for like $25 or around that price from time to time. Not sure about the shipping outside of the US but because 5 of the holes are oval the spacing of the screw holes is less of an issue.

    Seems the black ones are the cheapest with the chrome ones being the closest to retail.

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    Default Re: Decent/cheap vintage tremolo bridge for strat?

    Quote Originally Posted by Pierre View Post
    I don't use the trem.

    The nut is fine, the saddles are fine, the tuners are fine. Last thing would be the trem block maybe wearing out or just being destroyed from the inside. I tried everything else. I made a thread about it about a week ago.
    that's weird... i soppose the inside "string cups" may of worn over time.... but it would be interesting to see if that is really the tuning issues..

    have you ever taken all the strings off and checked to see if the trem block's screws are holding the block to the trem base tight... i've seen a few cheapies were the machine screws that hold the block to the plate have come loose...

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    Default Re: Decent/cheap vintage tremolo bridge for strat?

    Not done that! Will try, thanks!

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    Default Re: Decent/cheap vintage tremolo bridge for strat?

    Callaham is worth the money. Not only do they have a wide selection for both usa and mim models, but they have the most accurate vintage saddles and the highest mass block.

    Getting a proper fit and quality parts is worth more than saving money. If your not going to do it right, just keep what you've got til you can.

    Its throwing money away replacing a bridge with something thats either not the right string spacing or not any better materials
    -Burny Randy Rhoads LP Custom- C5/59 Hybrid Bridge/Fernades Vh-1 PAF neck
    -Epi Goldtop - Custom Shop Mike Ness p90's
    -Epi Masterbilt AJ500R rosewood
    -Fender Classic Player 60's strat CS 69'

    -Gretsch Black Phoenix - TV Jones Classics
    -Danelectro Dano Pro Baritone

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