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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 09-11-2009, 07:30 AM Thread Starter
 
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best trem selection for Mexican strat is?

I'm doing a Mexican strat with the following modifications

1.) Daphne blue paint scheme
2.) mint green pickguard
3.) Custom Shop custom '54 pickups
4.) 22 fret scalloped neck w/reverse headstock
5.) Sperzel locking tuners

I don't know much about Fender's trem systems since I've
played Ibanez guitars my entire life, so a little help would be
appreciated. What's the BEST trem I can put on my guitar
without having to reroute the body. The trem is the standard
generic screw-in arm/screw to body type. IMO it's "notchy"
and doesn't stay in tune very well. Thanks for the responses!
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Re: best trem selection for Mexican strat is?

Try one of these:

http://mannmadeusa.com/

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Re: best trem selection for Mexican strat is?

The finest vintage bridge you can get.

http://www.callahamguitars.com/upgrades.htm
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Re: best trem selection for Mexican strat is?

Another vote for the Callham. I replaced the fender vintage trem on my strat with one of these and the difference was nearly as much as changing the pickups!
I was cynical about the tonal improvements until I tried it.
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Re: best trem selection for Mexican strat is?

Yep no better than Callaham.
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Re: best trem selection for Mexican strat is?

Thanks fellas' for responding! I'll be buying one ASAP
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Re: best trem selection for Mexican strat is?

Wait you should consider this, Wilkinson/Gotoh VS-100N Tremolo for 2 point or Wilkinson/Gotoh VSVG Vintage Tremolo, trust me it's 1 of the best made trem for a Strat style guitar, I swap my original Fender trem to this Wilkinson/Gotoh.
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Re: best trem selection for Mexican strat is?

Callaham's are great but a bit pricey. You definitely get what you pay for though. A steel block is one of the best upgrades for a strat.
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Re: best trem selection for Mexican strat is?

What year is your MIM? The new ones have a steel block and aren't bad. Even Callaham will tell you floating a vintage trem is a recipe for bad tuning stability, even his own part. I have an 09 MIM with the steel block and just added a couple of springs and set up the trem flush with the body. IMO a better nut and good tuners are a more worthwhile mod than a new trem. I added a Tusq nut and locking tuners and with the bridge not floating with 5 springs it rarely ever goes out of tune.
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What year is your MIM? The new ones have a steel block and aren't bad. Even Callaham will tell you floating a vintage trem is a recipe for bad tuning stability, even his own part. I have an 09 MIM with the steel block and just added a couple of springs and set up the trem flush with the body. IMO a better nut and good tuners are a more worthwhile mod than a new trem. I added a Tusq nut and locking tuners and with the bridge not floating with 5 springs it rarely ever goes out of tune.
My Mexican strat was made in 2004, so I'm unsure of the block material.
I already have sperzel locking tuners on the guitar, so that's not the issue.
I just wanted a trem upgrade like I always do with my Ibanez guitars.
My only stipulation was to not have the body rerouted in any shape.
Doesn't Fender have the equivalent to Ibanez's trem upgrades?
( Lo-pro above the EdgeIII trem option?) I find it hard to believe that
the current trem on my cheap Mexican model is the BEST Fender has to offer
their customers, or any other 3rd party vendor. Somebody has to make a better
sounding/playing trem for a price. Forgot to mention that the trem can not be a two
point system like a floyd knife edge system.
Thanks for responding!

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