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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 04-21-2008, 09:37 AM Thread Starter
 
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Tremolo - no

I assume there is no 'flutter' when this is installed?

Having had a fixed bridge for a while, I am thinking of getting one of these installed on my jem, has anybody any experience of these units?
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post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old 04-21-2008, 10:02 AM
 
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Re: Tremolo - no

There's certainly no flutter when it's locked!

When in the fully unlocked mode, the Tremolno actually puts little to no resistance on the trem system, assuming it's installed correctly of course. I expect that a guitar that had nice flutter before installing one would still have it afterwards. My experience with a Tremolno was not entirely positive in that I could seem to get the thing installed exactly right such that it would completely lock the bridge from moving. I understand that they've come out with a newer revision in the meantime that's supposed to work better, but I haven't had a chance to try that yet.

In my mind, there's really no substitute for a true fixed bridge if what you're playing calls for one.
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post #3 of 8 (permalink) Old 04-21-2008, 10:09 AM
 
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Re: Tremolo - no

The newer clamp version works great. I highly recommend them.
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Re: Tremolo - no

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The newer clamp version works great. I highly recommend them.
What about the older "hook" version? Does it work good too?
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post #5 of 8 (permalink) Old 04-21-2008, 12:28 PM
 
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Re: Tremolo - no

I had one on the RGT320 I just sold. I thought it was a great piece of equipment. It allowed fully floating, fully fixed or dive-only mode at the turn of a screw or two. I had no functionality issues out of it at all. The only potential problem I saw was that a couple of times one of the screws fell on the floor. I suppose the vibration in the trem unit or rubbing against them when playing (I keep the back cover off) caused the screws to back out. That could pose a problem if it were to get lost, but I'm sure a little teflon tape or thread locking substance could easily solve that issue.
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post #6 of 8 (permalink) Old 04-21-2008, 01:32 PM
 
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Re: Tremolo - no

"The only potential problem I saw was that a couple of times one of the screws fell on the floor. "

And that is/was the deal breaker for me and I really wanted them to work. I had two of them installed but the screws kept falling out live. Went to lock it down twice in one gig and both times the screw was gone. The first time I had an extra handy, the second time I grabbed another guitar.

I wish there was a way for those screws to be set in place even when they aren't engaged.

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post #7 of 8 (permalink) Old 04-21-2008, 01:52 PM
 
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Re: Tremolo - no

Maybe some sort of 90 degree locking gizmo...
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post #8 of 8 (permalink) Old 04-24-2008, 01:00 PM
 
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Re: Tremolo - no

You could try some of the weakest-grade of loctite...? I tried this with blue, all I could find at my local convenience store (does it get weaker), and a drop on each of the thumbscrews initially locked it up pretty tightly, but within a week or so had the screws such that they were firm, didn't rattle or fall out unless I accidently backed one out all the way, and could still be locked or unlocked with ease (just, with a little more force than before). Not sure if this is recommended or not but it's worth a try.

Anyway, flutter's no problem once you get it dialed in right. I'd say that maybe the flutter changes a little bit - it's faster, and not quite as wide - but is still useful. If you want I could try to record a clip or two...
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