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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 01-27-2012, 01:30 AM Thread Starter
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Hey guys! new to the site here. Here's my dilemma. So I really want to install a Tremol-no into my Ibanez K-7 (With a Lo-Pro 7 of course), however I am also considering upgrading to a brass block from my problem is that i think the type of Tremol-no i buy (small or large clamp) is dependant on whether i switch the block or not. so here are my questions

1. are the brass blocks noticeable effective during high gain applications?

2. I hear brass blocks add warmth to your tone. my K-7 is made of mahogany and is inherently warm sounding already. (i also have a crunchlab in the bridge) will this affect my tone negatively? aka too boomy?

3. if i get the brass block, which type of tremol-no will i need? large or small clamp?

4. MOST importantly, from experience, does the brass block inhibit movement of the trem, aka does it get in the way of diving on the trem or pulling up on the trem? IF so, will I have to route my trem cavity to fix this?

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post #2 of 3 (permalink) Old 01-27-2012, 10:49 AM
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Some answers.

1) Yes, they are noticeable. Whether or not it is an improvement is up to your ears. I have noticed a difference in sustain with every block I have installed.

2) I can't speak to whether it will make things too boomy, but what I have noticed with brass blocks is less that they warm things up, but more that they muffle some harsh resonances. I don't think you'll notice too much low end coming in -- it's more a case of addition by subtraction.

3) The only way to know is to measure -- either you'll have to measure, or hope that someone else has.

4) It does inhibit things slightly, but you'll likely already have the strings slack and sticking to the pickup magnets or have the trem bottoming out on the recess in the top before it becomes an issue.
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post #3 of 3 (permalink) Old 01-27-2012, 10:55 AM
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1 - Yes, especially if you don't scoop your mids.

2 - Maybe, depending on your bridge pickup. Be careful with that.
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