Little Experiment...2 point trem in a 6 point trem body?

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  1. Davemg

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    Depends on the block size.
     
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    So how do I know if I can install a Fender 57/61 trem on a bullet squier?
     
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    Think of it this way...most things you think they are the same and they fit between squier and fenders...they dont....so either get the squier and do waaay too much modding to make everything fit(especially if you are not using the stock neck) or get a guitar as close as to what you want and just refinish it shell pink.If you never done serious modding i would suggest the second option hands down.
     
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    Measure how deep your block is, and how deep the body is. I have fender bridges in bullet bodies right now.
     
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    Do you mean a trem that looks like a vintage part ... 1957/1961? ie. traditional bent steel saddles stamped Fender?

    The Squier has 'modern' Fender string spacing at the bridge (2 1/16) as opposed to the vintage Fender spacing (2 3/16) so you want a 6 point Fender bridge with modern spacing... as commonly found on the MIM standard 2006-2018.

    The only downside is since the block (stamped PW29 on the bottom if genuine) is full thickness for the MIM it'll stick out the back a fraction on the Squier since both Bullets and Affinities have thinner bodies by 3-4mm. You can either do what I did when I fitted one to my Affinity and have a shop mill those few mm off (and re-drill the holes for the springs ... you'll want them to mill the bottom to maintain a factory fit to the bridge plate) or just leave the trem cover off.

    Worthwhile mod if you like the rest of the guitar. My Affinity has a great neck with excellent fret work so worth the small investment to uprate very much the worst quality part (along with the tuners). Drop in replacement if you can live without the trem cover or do what others have done and move the trem cover 'up' off the body those few mm required by sticking something around the outside of it's underside
     
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    Is it a Hello Kitty Squire ?
     
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    No, its a bullet strat, its this one 2D868A55-D191-4C60-9A6D-3D84CCB2AED9.jpeg
     
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    I was referring to this one since was the only trem system made by Fender available on Thomann
    https://www.thomann.de/es/fender_tremolo_5762.htm

    Is there any other one made by Fender suitable for the Bullet Strat?
     
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    I shimmed a trem plate with lucite to clear the deeper block for my Affinity
    strat plate shim.JPG
     
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    My bad...I didnt notice
    Its this exact same, I took a pic in the shop, it has a trem

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    really no need to change the trem. Those trems work fine. Saddle mas might actually compensate for loss of mass from smaller block. saddles for the older MIM standards will also fit This trem
     
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    Why not just buy a shell pink squier classic vibe strat? They make those now
     
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    I put a 2 point wilkinson on my bullet. Measure twice, drill once.

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    My OCD wont let me leave those holes visible lol
     
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    All sold out from the nearest shops (and these are like 3 hour flight away from my island)
    Plus it would be super expensive plus shipping and custom fees and taxes
     
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    Really? I just want the guitar to keep in tune without having to tune it after every bend...
     
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    Poplar has decent tone for Strats. In general I wouldn't say Poplar is lighter than Alder. Obviously, wood in general has a lot of variance.

    One thing to watch for on Squiers that could make a weight difference as well is the body thickness. Often Squiers are not full thickness. A thinner body would limit your bridge options.
     
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    Just buy the pink bullet and get to playing it :)

    Problem solved .