Callaham upgrade kit for American Standard Strat: worth it?

Discussion in 'Luthier's Guitar & Bass Technical Discussion' started by Griz, Aug 10, 2008.

  1. Griz

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    I've got Calli bridges on the jap strat and custom US tele and it made a difference to me, chime, volume, clarity--more of everything. However, don't just change the saddles go for the whole bridge or don't bother. Personally, it actually did make more of a difference than a pup change. like the ad says.
     
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    Yes, I have that package for a 2006 Am Se Strat. Block, saddles and trem arm. The guitar evidently outperforms its twin (same exact model guitar, stock saddles and block). I don't know whether it would make sense to find a 2008 Am Std non offset bridge plate and build your bridge assembly around that, I have not tried that.

    I've got these same, offset bent style saddles affixed on a 2006 Am Se Tele, and there these saddles outperform the sintered steel ones as well.

    However, I will say that other Callaham upgrades, when applied to, for example, a 2004 MIM Std. FSR, produce results that make you giggle and holler; this upgrade is not on plane as high as that, but they are the best upgrade to that model I know of.
     
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    I suppose another way to go would be to see whether the new Fender Standard series tremolo is available as an aftermarket upgrade (if it fits a 90's American Standard series Strat). I haven't checked whether the fulcrum studs have the same spacing on the new guitars.
     

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