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HQ tremolo - is it a threaded or push-in bar?

Hi guys,

can anybody tell me if the HQ tremolo (as used on Maxxas, Artfield & some Saber guitars for example) needs a threaded or push-in bar? I think it was discontinued after 1991...

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the HQ trem has got screw-in type arm insert. i have a Maxxas MX-3 which has got the HQ trem, and i can't believe how solid and sturdy is, despite its weak-looking vintage-style design.
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Hi Nuno,

thanks for your quick reply. (By the way, congratulations on your Maxxas guitar. I guess I saw it on ibanezregister.com. Love it.)

Okay, so the HQ bar is screw-in type. That's one important hint. Do you know if it's a "metric" or "inch" thread?

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The HQ on my Maxxas is a push in. There were two HQ's. The newer, more common one has the baseplate rounded over on both treble and bass sides similarly. The one I have looks the same on the bass side but on the treble side there's an "s" curve, sort of an indentation right around where the arm goes in. Maybe that's the difference. Maybe all the ones that are rounded on both sides are screw in. I have an old Maxxas brochure that shows my tremolo in all the pictures, and on the back it reads: "The stainless steel, low profile bridge has hardened steel pivots. Push-in tremolo arm for easy removal." In the '89 catalog it shows the regular HQ trem, but doesn't mention the arm type.
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Hi Frank,

thanks for your information.

To make things clearer, here's a catalog shot of the 1989 or 1990 HQ incarnation I'm interested in:



The base plate is symmetrical, thus I would say it's the "newer" one, and that would mean it's probably the push-in bar...which leads to the next question, how does the push-in end look like; as the common EDGE bar jack or different?

By the way: You don't have a scan of the Maxxas brochure you were talking about, do you?
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Mine is a push in bar AND its the older one with the curvy baseplate. The one in your pic should be a screw in, but I don't know. All I know is mine is a push in, there's no "end" on it, and its tinner than the Edge. It'svintage strat sized, and with no threads. I don't have a scan but I've seen one around here, so someone has it.
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...congratulations on your Maxxas guitar. I guess I saw it on ibanezregister.com. Love it.
yes, that's my sweetie.
well, now that Frank has made me think better, i may be wrong, dont know, i have to check it when i'm home tonight. i'll let you know about.

congrats on your Maxxas, Frank!
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these are the two HQs:



you can see the indentation Frank was talking about. i didnt know this before, thank you, Frank!




and this is the HQ-J from the 1990' catalog:

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What about the whammy bar itself? What diameter does it have? Do you guys have any measuring slide (caliper) to gage it for me?
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I don't know the diameter but its the same as a vintage strat. I think I had to make mine out of a vintage strat bar by slicing off the threaded portion. Then I found one loose in the parts bin. I think the one I found was a Wilkinson. So that should work, too.
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I think the one I found was a Wilkinson. So that should work, too.
Great news, thanks Frank. IIRC, Wilkinson bars are available separately (even with gold finish!) as spare parts, e.g. from AllParts.
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