Alternative Trem Bridges for Strat?

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  1. farwesterner1

    farwesterner1 New Member!

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    I just purchased an HSH Stratocaster. It's great (I also own a Standard SSS).

    I'm not a huge fan of the two-point tremolo bridge. I use tremolo a ton, and it just seems a little clunky to me. I don't like the screw in arm, which rattles. On my Standard, I put a spring and tape under the screw in arm, but it's still wonky too.

    I want to swap it out for one of the following with a pop in arm:
    Wilkinson Gotoh VS-100N
    Fender American Deluxe Bridge Assembly

    Any experience with these? I sold a PRS that had a great trem setup. Is there a PRS-like option for Strat?
     
  2. Fenderbaum

    Fenderbaum Strat-O-Master

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    VS-100 are good. Had it on my Gilmour Black strat.. Switched it for a Gotoh 510.
    In the end, i am just a 6-point kind of guy. The 2 point VS-100 was smooth.. So was my 510..
    There are some PRS style trems on the bay. Not sure about the quality tho..
     
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    StratorTrle Strat-Talk Member

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    Wilkinson, Wilkinson, Wilkinson... I have a Vintage 25th V75 with a traditional Tele bridge with the 3 compensated brass saddles and its killer and I have the Vintage Icon V6 with the 6 point trem and it's flawless with the Wilkinson ez lok tuner's. Never have to tune it.
     

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  4. rockon1

    rockon1 Senior Stratmaster Silver Member

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    The Wilkinson is great. With just two springs installed they feel so smooth, light and flutter wonderfully.


     
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    farwesterner1 New Member!

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    I've been leaning Wilkinson. Seems like that's the direction I should head!
     
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    Well. Trevor makes good stuff.. Certainly not bad trems..
    I agree the floppy arms on fender trems are a PITA. Is why i just smack on a Callaham block on them.
     
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    Ruscio Senior Stratmaster Gold Supporting Member Silver Member

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    The Gotoh 510 mentioned in the thread is fantastic, but it does require a slightly larger route to fit properly. You could get lucky and the nut holding the trem arm aseembly in place fits in your existing route, but I wouldn't count on it. Easy to dremel out a slightly larger route, but that's a non-reversible mod.

    I haven't used the particular Wilkinson trem you noted, but in general their quality is really good so I'd expect that to work well.

    The Fender deluxe trem the the pop-in arm is terrific. I just got one of those a few weeks ago and I'm liking it a lot. It adjusts well and you can eliminate all the slop in the arm. If it matters to you, this one looks the least like a mod and is an easy drop-in replacement.
     
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    Another Wilkinson fan. here. They're great.
    Had a couple vs 100 back in the day and never any problems.

    The only one I have now is on an old Squier Standard with a pop in bar.

    Didn't even have to change the studs or posts.
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    Biddlin Senior Stratmaster

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    Why mess with perfection? My 6 screw synchronized Tremolo works well. I tune up, play a three octave scale then do a couple of deep dives and a few finger bends and retune. Voila. If I remember to do a back stretch after the deep dives, it returns to tune. Defect:There is no bridge break angle adjustment.
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    This system is slightly more complex but still works well.
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    Simplest of all, 1 spring, 1 lever. My fave, it is flawless in performance.
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    Floyd Rose, undoubtedly the worst, most complicated and energy wasting system ever devised. In the time it takes to change a set of strings you could have played Inna Gadda Da Vida twice and had time for tea and biscuits.
    "The more complicated the plumbin' the easier it is to clog!" Montgomery Scot, Star Fleet engineer.
     
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    vlxerdon Senior Stratmaster

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    Another vote for Wilkinson. Have one on my Strat for a couple of years with no complaints.
     
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    Not one of the two choices mentioned by OP, but the best Strat replacement bridge I’ve found is the Babicz Z Series Full Contact bridge. It will literally double your unplugged volume. That translates to fuller tone and more sustain. I use them on just about all my builds.

    Bill, tgo
     
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    Dr Improbable Strat-O-Master

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    I'm GASing on the Vega Trem.
     
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    Baelzebub Dr. Stratster

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    I have several Wilkinson on both custom and cheap production strats and I'd definitely recommend them.
     
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    The Vega Trem DOES look amazing! I have a Schaller on mine and it’s been faultless!

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    Baelzebub Dr. Stratster

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    +1 I posted recommending Wilkinson because I have several but I like the Babicz design. Just haven't used it yet. But @Believer7713 is a big fan and that's what got me interested.
     
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    I also have a Wilkinson 2 point that I will be using on my next one. It will be the first one I've ever used but it looks really solid for sure. I will be curious to see how it fares.
     
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    I really like them. That cheap Indio strat I just got came with one and as the new kid on the rack it's been getting a lot of play. I'm not a heavy trem user, but it doesn't go out of tune and something about the feel of it is just solid.
     
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