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    Default Which tremolo for Warmoth Strat?

    I'm getting ready to pull the trigger on a Warmoth Strat body and was wondering which tremolo I should get.

    I'm wondering what the best choice is between all the non-Floyd Rose trems, such as the 6-hole vintage and the Fender standard.

    The Fender looks like it would keep things more true to my build and easier to replace, should I ever have to.

    What do you guys think?

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    Default Re: Which tremolo for Warmoth Strat?

    the Fender am std is the 2pt right? I dunno about those. They feel nice but I have no idea what they do to the tone, if anything. If you wanna play it safe get the 6 hole.
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    Default Re: Which tremolo for Warmoth Strat?

    If you go for 6 hole, get a Callaham. They're great quality.

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    Default Re: Which tremolo for Warmoth Strat?

    yeah, apparently if the Fender vintage 6-hole is set up perfectly it stays in tune, but mine apparently never was. Had nothing but tuning issues with it. Am seriously jonesing for a Warmoth project, am really wondering about the Wilkinson. I had a thread on it not too long ago, might help with some insight...

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    If the body was in like-new condition, then I might consider it. That one looks like it's been used for a snowboard.

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    Default Re: Which tremolo for Warmoth Strat?

    I think the 6 hole vintage would probably be the best bet. Only problem is Warmoth doesn't drill the holes for the 6 screw trem...

    Also pisses me off that they don't drill the holes for the pick guard either, so I gotta take my chances and possibly ruining a $500 Strat body. Might have to find a local guitar shop who will do this for me.
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    Default Re: Which tremolo for Warmoth Strat?

    I have a 6 hole on my parts strat (full Callaham bridge assembly) and it is super stable. I also have a 2 post on my USA Strat and have no tuning problems with that either...

    For me, the 6 hole is the way to go... stay vintage true...
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    Quote Originally Posted by BrockSamson View Post
    I think the 6 hole vintage would probably be the best bet. Only problem is Warmoth doesn't drill the holes for the 6 screw trem...

    Also pisses me off that they don't drill the holes for the pick guard either, so I gotta take my chances and possibly ruining a $500 Strat body. Might have to find a local guitar shop who will do this for me.
    totally worth it to get someone to assemble it for you if you're not good with the right tools.
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    Default Re: Which tremolo for Warmoth Strat?

    a few of the guys at www.unofficialwarmoth.com love the wilkinson trem. i can't really say because to be honest i hate vintage-style trem systems, but it looks like the one i'd go for if i had to have one

    EDIT: and i was worried about drilling holes for the pickguard as well, but it really wasn't a problem. i had the bridge mounted. that kept the pickguard in close to the right spot. then i put the pickguard on top of the body, then laid the neck on over that (not bolted on, just to make sure the pickguard wasn't sticking out over the neck pocket). drilled carefully and you would never know that i did it myself! looks like it came from a factory that way
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    Default Re: Which tremolo for Warmoth Strat?

    The 6-hole in US dimensions comes in two variants:
    • MIJ with a Zinc block and non-stamped saddles
    • MIA with a steel block and Fender-stamped saddles


    No ideas what the saddles do but the Zinc versus Steel is a major sound-changer. The Steel block is softer and more rounded, the Zinc block harder and more focused. Both have their uses.

    I didn't test the 2-point 1:1 against a 6-point. I have issues liking many modern Am Std Strats so I would advice caution. And if you ever want to sell it you MUST have the 6-point. Nobody will buy a self-made guitar with the 2-point.

    I hear very good things about the Wilkinson, though.

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    Default Re: Which tremolo for Warmoth Strat?

    This Strat is going to be so customized that nobody would want to buy it.

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    Default Re: Which tremolo for Warmoth Strat?

    I don't have experience with the Fender 2-post trem, but I got a Hipshot Contour tremolo for my warmoth strat, and I really like it. I had them route for a wilkenson tremolo.

    It's really smooth.
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    Default Re: Which tremolo for Warmoth Strat?

    The Wilkinson is my preferred "traditional" trem. It's a better version of the original, well made and works great.
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    Default Re: Which tremolo for Warmoth Strat?

    The Wilkinson looks nice, but I need to make a decision as to how my Strat body is going to be routed, so unless the Wilkinson will work with the Fender vintage 6 hole pattern, I wont have any other choice as to the Fender vintage setup.
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    Default Re: Which tremolo for Warmoth Strat?

    Get a Wilkinson VSVG. It uses the vintage spaced 6 screws and is a very good unit.

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    Have Warmoth route and install studs for the Fender American Standard 2pt trem. You'll have to order the trem from them or they won't install the studs. Then get yourself a Wilkinson VS401 from mojo music, allparts, or any place else you can find one. It fits in the American Std 2pt trem routing, and it is a terrific non-floyd trem. It looks awesome (see mine below), it plays great, and stays in tune. If you don't like it, you'll already have the Fender American Std that you got from Warmoth you can put in and sell your Wilki.

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    Default Re: Which tremolo for Warmoth Strat?

    Quote Originally Posted by Jet-Jaguar View Post
    I don't have experience with the Fender 2-post trem, but I got a Hipshot Contour tremolo for my warmoth strat, and I really like it. I had them route for a wilkenson tremolo.

    It's really smooth.
    Yep!! The Hipshot 2 post trem is one of the best kept secrets out there.

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    Default Re: Which tremolo for Warmoth Strat?

    See my other posts, but I recommend the Wilky VS100 with an optional brass block.
    Tone and tuning perfection

    By the way JC, I love that red strat, what are the pickups ??

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    Default Re: Which tremolo for Warmoth Strat?

    Wilkinson trems are highly regarded by a lot of people on here.

    The VSVG fits a 6 hole routing and the VS100 should fit a two post routing.

    I use a VSVG and consider it a great unit.

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    Default Re: Which tremolo for Warmoth Strat?

    MannMade make a strat version of the classic PRS tremolo which looks good and works as well as the original. Schaller make some great units as well. Wilkingson ones are great, but they don't have the vintage look, however as with jccarmichael photos they look stunning.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wolf5150 View Post
    See my other posts, but I recommend the Wilky VS100 with an optional brass block.
    Tone and tuning perfection

    By the way JC, I love that red strat, what are the pickups ??
    Thanks Wolf5150! PG bridge & neck / Vintage Rails in middle. I think Warmoth did a great job with the candy tangerine finish.

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