Join Date: Feb 2001
Location: Sao Paulo / New York
JEM 555 poor tremolo - I think I've found a solution
I always hear complaints about the Lo-TRS II tremolo that comes with JEM 555 models. As I'm always experimenting and modifying guitars, I thought it was a good challange to make this poor tremolo sounds better.
I went to my guitar dealer and grabbed the last JEM 555 axe shipped to Brazil. It's a WH model. First thing I always do is to check the finish and factory setup. I think I've been lucky and grabbed an excellent-finished instrument, no flaws at all. Factory setup was bad and I spend a couple hours to tweak it to its best.
When I tested the tremolo, I had that bad feeling... "What the f*ck??" I almost had thrown the tremolo arm away (I wish I had...). Anyway, I went to a guitar parts shop and started looking at some Floyd Rose tremolos. I bought some arms from different bridges and tried them on my JEM. The results were surprising! A Floyd Rose Original tremolo arm just fitted it perfectly! Now it plays worderfully (but I can't compare it to a JEM 7VWH, of course) and I didn't spend a fortune to have a good guitar (the only strange thing is that half vine inlay...)
Anyone here has already done this?? If so, what's your opinion??