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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 04-27-2004, 07:18 AM Thread Starter
 
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Modifying or blocking a kahler tremolo.

Im looking for any information I can find on modifying or blocking a kahler tremolo. I have two different versions of the kahler trem made by gibson and im primarily wanting to modify it so it can only lower pitch but since it uses a cam quite different than the inertia block found on a floyd im a little stumped as to how i can do this. ALso im wondering how i can block the thing off completely etc. etc. Anyone who has any info related to the setup of these tremolos please post it in this thread. Any known source for new parts would be appreciated as well. I have the sad misfortune of owning a 68 gibson sg which someone butchered and installed a kahler in, but my new love is a les paul standard which came stock with the thing and im trying to sqeeze a little love out of the thing.
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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old 04-27-2004, 04:01 PM
 
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I have one Kahler and I let it float, so I don't know for sure. But on mine I'm pretty sure that one of the allen bolts engages a "stopper" that is basically a trem block. It stops it from pulling up past a certain point, or neutral if you set it that way. But I vaguely remember that being one of the differences between the spyder types, or lower model cam units, and the "pro's." So you might not have it. Actually, the crappy Korean Kahler ripoffs had it, but they broke after about a year anyway. One way to block it altogether is to replace each spring with solid brass stock with two precisely drilled holes, or one wide piece with all 4 holes drilled. Or you could drill a through hole to the back of the guitar, install a "tee nut" inside the cavity, and have precise allen bolt adjustment over the stop mechanism. You just have to locate the hole right.
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Mine doesnt have the bolt your talking about but im thinking i can probably drill into the base of the trem and install an allen bolt much like the stud adjustment screws mine has and allow the trem to sit on it. Little bit of work as ill have to get it threaded. Im not really sure if one bolt would work though so i may have to use two.
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Re: Modifying or blocking a kahler tremolo.

Here is how i blocked my old Carvin V220


fyrewyrm.com/block/
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Re: Modifying or blocking a kahler tremolo.

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Here is how i blocked my old Carvin V220


fyrewyrm.com/block/
Dude--the thread is 7 years old, I think he figured it out...LOL



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Re: Modifying or blocking a kahler tremolo.

I should hope he did but I'm sure someone just bought an old 80's shredder off ebay and has no idea what to do with a Kahler.
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