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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 08-01-2008, 09:33 AM Thread Starter
 
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Gotoh opinions

I'm looking at an OFR by gotoh and wondering what your opinions of it are. I want the edge pro but don't want to spend 300 bucks on it and the gotoh caught my eye. I'm starting a JEM7V project. Thanks a lot!!!
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post #2 of 9 (permalink) Old 08-01-2008, 09:40 AM
 
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Re: Gotoh opinions

I think Gotoh's are fine, didn't have one for quite some time, but I remember having no problems with it. I largely prefer the Edge Pro though...
If I'd go for a OFR I would go with a Schaller.
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Re: Gotoh opinions

I put one in this custom build along with gotoh tuners and I love it to bits ,only problem is that the block sticks out of the back cavity (about 4 mm ) and I can't get the cavity cover on .

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Re: Gotoh opinions

cool! how's the action with the gotoh? I shouldn't notice a difference between the gotoh and the edge pro in terms of setup and action right?
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Woo hoo slow down there bud is this project a revamp or a bridge change cause if its a bridge change its a different story .You'll have to move the posts up 3 mm. As far as the action go's thats in the set up witch happens later and really dosen't mater as long as the bridge is in right .

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Re: Gotoh opinions

The Gotoh OFR is very-ultra top-notch quality stuff, ultra stable and flutters like hell.

Actually, you can 'CUT' the block, since all holes in the block are deep ennuf.
Have done it 3 times and it works.
Just please don't ask me about this or tutorial since i don't know how to explain it clearly in english language.
Just give it a try and think about cutting the block. It's that easy.
About Martallica's custom, your bridge setup is totally wrong IMVHO.
It's too much deep in to the body and using appropriate measures can prevent the block from getting out the body.
Next time i get something similar to this, i'll make some pictures of the block cutting process, but it's really easy, just do it!!!
Lucky ya.
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post #7 of 9 (permalink) Old 08-01-2008, 06:16 PM
 
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Re: Gotoh opinions

Gotoh don't actually make an OFR as such, they make their own version.


The way everything works with floater bridges is this, in a nutshell:

OFR - Manufactured by Schaller, sold by FR.
Schaller 'OFR' - Manufactured by Schaller under license and with some modifications to the designs. The main one of these is that it has a flatter radius than the OFR, since the OFR was made for fender type necks whereas schaller make theirs for more current styles of neck like compound radius and flatter radius.

Gotoh - Manufacturers of the Edge Trems for ibanez and lots of other hardware like tuners and some other bridges and so on.

Gotoh 'OFR' - Again, manufactured under license from floyd with some modifications. The mods on the gotoh OFRs are mainly durability and materials. The gotoh materials and craftmanship are (semi-arguably) the best of ALL floyd rose trems on the market. They use brass inserts in places and their knife edges are made much harder than schallers so they need less maintenence. The 1996T is their best floyd style trem in the opinion of many builders including Suhr guitars.


So thats it in a nutshell. There are slight differences. All floyd style trems have a more 'direct' feel than any edge style trems, which can be spongier in feel. Because of this an OFR design won't gargle quite as well but it will be very slightly more stable depending on environment.

Also, its generally held that edge trems have a very 'flat' tonality, not favouring bass treble or mid, whereas the OFRs have a slightly more scooped tone,however the gotoh OFRs are said to be very flat also, with a very slight bump in the upper mids. None of these tonal changes are much at all, if you can hear them you have good ears, but they're there, so bear it in mind.
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Re: Gotoh opinions

I know what you are saying Tabarao it is low into the body but that is the way I make all my guitars and this one is one of the best guitars i've every played ,so its not wrong Its different .The action is low and the tone is great so it works for me.

By the way I love your work and I'm not been hostile just defending my work .
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Re: Gotoh opinions

no offense at all, mate.
sorry if i sounded like this too.
I can really see the action in your axe is really low and looks amazing.
i'm sure it plays like a dream.
when i get some gotoh block cutting, i'll upload some pictures.
you should at least give it a try.
all the best!
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