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Fender US Vintage Tremolo worth the extra money (compared to a mexican)

Discussion in 'Luthier's Guitar & Bass Technical Discussion' started by Drown, Jan 20, 2008.

  1. Drown

    Drown Member

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    Hi,
    I just bought a Fender mexican Strat with a vintage tremolo on it. Is it worth to throw it out and buy an US vintage trem? Is there a tonal difference? I´m really into that screaming singing solo stuff. So sustain is very important for me. Will the US version make a difference?
     
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  3. Supasso

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    I believe the spacing is different. It won't fit your Mexican Strat.
     
  4. John Phillips

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    Yes it is worth it. The stock Mexican Standard one is pretty poor. As Supasso said a standard US (or even Mexican Vintage Reissue) bridge won't fit because the post spacing is slightly different, but Callaham makes a correct replacement that will.

    http://www.callahamguitars.com/

    ... go to 'MexStd Upgrad' in the column on the left.

    I wouldn't mess about with upgrading the block or saddles separately, just do the whole thing.

    If it is a vintage reissue (Classic Series) not a Standard, you could still make a big difference by upgrading the crappy zinc block for a steel one, but it's probably not as necessary to upgrade the saddles.


    I have no affiliation with Callaham BTW, and I wouldn't recommend upgrading if you already have a high-quality all-steel bridge since I really don't think it makes a lot of difference there.
     
  5. Drown

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    I don´t have the Standard Mex Trem. It seems to be the Vintage one. Looks exactly like the one on the US 57 RI I´ve had a few months ago.
    This is it:
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  6. John Phillips

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    Yes, all you need to change is the block. The one you need is the 'Vintage Repro Block enhanced'.

    Check the string spacing is 2-7/32" before you do...
     
  7. Gargoyle

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    I agree with John P, I changed the block on my Deluxe Players, made quite a difference.
     
  8. Drown

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    Will try the Callaham Vintage Repro Block. Found out that there is a Callaham dealer 20 km from here. They have one in stock
     

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