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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 09-17-2002, 09:21 PM Thread Starter
 
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Wilkinson trems? What's the big deal? (if any)

I'm working on picking up a Carvin Bolt to get something a little more Stratty (but not too Stratty) into my arsenal. I noticed that all the Bolts come with Wilkinson trems. Do these trems offer any major technical improvements over standard Strat bridges? How's the feel? Any cool features? Are they strung-through the block?

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PS--I know it's not the same as an Edge or Lo-pro, so I don't need to be lectureed about how much a Wilkinson sucks compared to those!
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post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old 09-17-2002, 11:19 PM
 
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If memory serves correctly, Wilkinsons are very adjustable. Everything from string spacing to string height can be adjusted, i think.

You can also get it with Fishman piezos installed. Dunno if Carvin offers it on the Bolt, though... but it's worth calling and asking!
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wilkinsons are the best nonlocking 2 post trem on the market. in a trio with a graphite nut and some locking tuners, you have a near locking trem killer. when installed correctly, these trems have killer flutter and are very responsive. not as much as a floyd due to the shorter baseplate, but alot better than any other strat type trem. scoops and other trem tricks are easily done with it, too. i am debating actually buying one from carvin or fishman to retrofit my rt650. excellent value and less headaches than a double locker. i personally would rather own a double locker(lo-pro), but if it HAS to have a strat trem, the wilkinson is the king of that jungle.
BTW, the only wilkinson's i have played were on brian moore's. if brian moore would get off its dead ass and come out with a USA model with a FRO instead of those korean FRL like on the i series, they would have a damn good market.


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if brian moore would get off its dead ass and come out with a USA model with a FRO instead of those korean FRL like on the i series, they would have a damn good market.
I agree
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I played the Wilkinson a couple of times and I loved it. My trem fell apart on my Platinum series BC Rich Warlock and I'd like to use the Wilkinson as a replacement. I have to do some heavy modding to that axe anyway. It was my second guitar and used it heavily for so long that I cannot bring myself to completely retire it.

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My guitar teacher swears by them. Put a set of locking tuners on, and it will handle just as well as a floyd. They can be set to float, and you can pull off all those crazy whammy bar tricks.
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They dont handle as well as a double locking floyd nothing does
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Can't resist saying something here. I have 2 guitars with Wilkinson trems on them so I know how good they are. But guess what? The SAT30 trems that Ibanez is putting on some of the SA models are as good or possibly better. They're very Wilkinson-like, super stable, and solidly built. I have also tried pretty much all of the older Ibanez two-point fulcrum trems (the TZ's, etc), and the SAT30's are way better.
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