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System 1 Tremolo?

Discussion in 'Stratocaster Discussion Forum' started by DJS99, Apr 16, 2013.

  1. DJS99

    DJS99 Strat-Talk Member

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    Where can I find one? Or something to replace it?

    Thank you,
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    Strat connection...Papa Toms.....expensive for parts
     
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    widget Strat-O-Master

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    frets on the net has some of the parts.
    it's not easy stuff to find and as stated above - it costs
     
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    widget Strat-O-Master

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    as an aside - it's really hard to retrofit in my understanding since the schaller post spacings do not match other trem systems. not to be discouraging, but i looked high and low for almost two years before i got my 85 mij contemporary in action again
    do you need the whole bridge or just parts?
     
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    replacing it with anther trem is not much of an option due to the post spacing.

    FWIW, I have 2 Contemporary Strats (both '85's). I love the System One and in the last 3 years or so have accumulated 4 full bridges (with all parts) off of CL. From $60-$100 for the whole bridge with parts. So they are out there...

    PapaTom can fix you up for sure but that's a lot of $$$...
     
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    Thanks widget

    After an extensive search I have come to the same conclusion. So I cleaned up my tremolo and Got it looking much better. I just ordered 2 screws for $7.00 a piece. So I know what you mean about cost. And I've had a look at the alternatives, noticed the modification would be a bigger deal than I wanted to get into. I came across a refurbished System 1 Tremolo for $475 and that's when I decided 2 screw at seven bucks each was perfect. :) Thanks again for the info. It makes me feel more comfortable about my decision.
     
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    OMZ23, What or where is CL?
     
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    I am a big fan of the system 1 trem. They are easy to disassemble and clean up. You can usually buy a complete guitar with the system 1 for less the the tremelo by itself.
     
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    I found a spare trem some time back - after i had my original fixed - and the spare had some parts missing and some of the holes were stripped. i took it to a friend who re-tapped everything using the 'helix coil' method (if i remember correctly).
    the spare cost me $50 at a local small music shop. the taps ran about $150 but that was every fine tuner hole and the intonation set screws.
    I feel good to have a spare after the hassle of getting it fixed to begin with...
    i suspect they won't get any easier to find. good luck
     
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    Fender System 1 Tremolo and strings.

    Okay. If you haven't guessed by now I'm a newbie. And by far this has been the most helpful bunch of guys I've met. When I disassembled it, some of the strings were like this and some were behind the little black plastic flipper things. Which way is right?

    Thank you,
    Danny
     

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    widget, I live 2 hours away from the nearest music store. But you bet I'll be on the lookout for parts.
     
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    the system one trem is a great tremolo, I had a couple fine tuners strip out and you can re-tap and use kahler ones, just keep the nut lubed with graphite or teflon and it will stay in tune as any floyd rose will. I have two strats and two teles with them, I love them.
     

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