Callahm Vintage vs. Fender Vintage tremolo

Discussion in 'Luthier's Guitar & Bass Technical Discussion' started by ash, Feb 26, 2009.

  1. ash

    ash Member

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    did anyone compare these 2 tremolos? is the Callaham really that good?
     
  2. Pat Healy

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    +1 on all of that. The most noticeable advantage is that there is virtually no play in the Callaham's arm.
     
  3. michael30

    michael30 Gold Supporting Member

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    I replaced a Fender with a Callaham. The sound improved to a surprising degree.
     
  4. Dom

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    The callaham stuff is great. You should at least get the trem block.
     
  5. WahmBoomAh

    WahmBoomAh World Crass Guitarist Silver Supporting Member

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    is the string spacing wider at the bridge than the fender?
     
  6. walterw

    walterw Gold Supporting Member

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    the callaham is dead-on usa vintage strat specs size-wise. (just nicer all the way around, from the saddles to the trem arm.)
     
  7. WahmBoomAh

    WahmBoomAh World Crass Guitarist Silver Supporting Member

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    thanks...always wondered ..and I have a Callaham trem too and love it
     
  8. markj

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    I have a Callaham trem block and saddles I have yet to install. I have to say that all the components look to be of ulta high quality and finish.
     
  9. Boris Bubbanov

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    The hardened mount screws are actually my #1 favorite Callaham Strat mod. Then the block/arm assembly, then the saddles. 5.25 inch arm, the intermediate length.
     
  10. mattmccloskey

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    I have two of the Callaham "vintage narrow" models- same exact bridge and mounting as the standard but the string spread is 2 1/16th.
    I love them- everything great about a vintage bridge but hardier materials, no arm wiggle, and the strings stay on the board easier.
     
  11. buddastrat

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    I guess I'm the only one that likes the arm wiggle. Just reminds me of those old strats I've played as that's what they did. I know it's not better functionally, but what does it hurt? Still works great. That wiggle lets it hang real loose and swing out of the way nice and easy. I'm sure the Callaham is great, I just never had a problem with the Fender.
     
  12. mattmccloskey

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    I always hated the wiggle, but if you like it I can't argue with that!

    I do find the fender saddles move up and down easier than the cally. I find on a fender bridge I lose my action settings after a few string changes and some gig time.

    Overall, I don't mind the fender bridge too much, it does have a good sound and with a good set-up and some TLC it can play well. I just prefer the tighter tolerances and lower maintenance of the callaham.
     

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