Wilkinson bridge thoughts and opinions

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  1. jwag

    jwag Strat-O-Master

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    I’m in the process of putting together my first partscaster and would like opinions or thoughts on this bridge pictured below. I’m building a Classic Series 60’s based Strat with upgraded electronics and hardware. This bridge will fit my Classic Series body and looks to be an upgrade over stock for a little more cash. If you have experience with this bridge, or something similar from this company….share your thoughts and opinions! I’d like to stay at or pretty close this price point if there’s a better option.

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  2. msbrech

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    I didn't get this specific one, but I upgraded a strat copy that had a thinner body (more like the Squier thickness) and I got a Wilkinson bridge off of eBay. I loved it. It was far and away much more substantial than the bridge it replaced. I haven't used the whammy bar much, but it's a pop in bar. Definitely improved the sustain. I plan to get another one for my Squier Affinity when it's time for it's next string change.
     
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    I used Wilkinson for about half the hardware on the partscasters I did. It's reliable and relatively inexpensive. I like Wilkinson better than say GFS parts.
     
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    Thanks for the info, exactly what I need before making a decision.
     
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    Look for the locking saddles they showcased with Pete Thorn.
    They planned to sell saddles separately so that would be a way to go if you liked the other bits of the trem system you chose.




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    Wilkinson parts have a great performance/price ratio. On my Red Special the tremolo unit is Wilkinson and it's smooth, well balanced and return to pitch beautifully. Love it!
     
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    Thanks, I’ll check it out.
     
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    I would love to be a smart ass and comment about Tone Metals and only using Fender OEM for the "tone" lol

    But Wilkinson is good stuff.
    Nearly all Fender hardware except the highest tier stuff is made in China now probably at same factory.
     
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    Go for the locking sadles @jvin248 posted if looks is no issue. I have them and they are great. the cost more than the trem alone.

    That is good enough bridge that Wilkinson, but i would go Gotoh NS510T-FE, not much cost difference.. Im just a fan of Gotoh.
    Something Fender should have fixed on all their trems long ago is to put a delrin bushing to stabilise the arm. Its a huge upgrade that does not affect the looks but they never do.
    PING Fender tremolo has the worst slop. no bushing. Cheapest one out there.
    If you want to up the class, Manmade, Callaham and Wudtone are to consider.
     
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    I’m starting to lean towards the OEM American version the more I have time to think about it. Hard to go wrong with Fender parts!
     
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    While I do prefer Fender bridges, they have gotten very expensive (especially in Europe) and can be a little too hastily put together, sometimes.
    However, the American Vintage "tremolo" would still be my 1st choice.
     
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    I didn't know that. Is it sort of like Warmouth making licensed Fender products? Trev Wilkinson signs off on Gotoh's products?
     
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    Most of the trems fitted to Mexican instruments are made by Ping Well in Taiwan.

    The US instrument trems are now made in Mexico.
     
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    According to some countries Taiwan is China
    Mexico may aswell be China too to some gear snobs