Join Date: Feb 2020
Location: Pennsylvania, USA
Re: Tremolo Anti-deflection unit
I have two newly acquired trem stop devices, a Super-Vee Mag-Lok and an ESP Arm-Adjuster. They just came in the mail, and neither are installed. I looked at the ESP device (similar to Ibanez's backstop) for a few minutes, wondering just how the hell it works! If I bend strings, the trem pulls AWAY from the device contact point. How in the world, I asked, does that help? Then I realized, I would have to tighten my springs quite a lot, and the very tight trem springs are now what is keeping the trem from de-tuning during bending. The ESP unit is simply balancing the tension so the trem block doesn't tilt back when its springs are cranked tight.
So I don't know how anyone else feels about playing a trem that tight, but it would be a big difference compared to how my 1980's Jem77BFP feels now. I also have a JS2401 Satch guitar and the trem feels really silky and wonderful, called "Ultralite", a version of the Ibanez Edge. That's gonna take some getting used to if I have to tighten that down, cause it's the most delicate trem I've ever played. And I hope I can find an adjustment on at least one of these accessories that allows me to "chirp" a little. But that's doubtful. Funny, I don't chirp much. I just started with the Satch guitar. And now, I may lose the bird.
I think I'm gonna try the Mag-Lok first. Oh yeah and BTW, the Mag-Lok's supposed to come w/buffer pads that let me adjust how clicky/sticky the magnetic force is. In other words, how noticeable is the detent. It did not come with any such pads, so unless they supply them I'm gonna have to make my own. I'll start out with a tiny circle of velcro pad, loop side, and see how that works.
Last edited by MikoDel; 02-22-2020 at 08:48 PM.