Hipshot 7 string tremolo

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  1. OhioEric

    OhioEric Member

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    Has anyone tried the Hipshot trem for 7 string guitars? I know a lot of people on here love the 6 string version but I'm planning on building a 7 string and would like some opinions. The only other real option I've found is a Floyd and those are a hassle to change strings and fairly ugly.

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  2. Jim Soloway

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    We've used it. It works just fine. We combine it with locking tuners and a low friction nut.
     
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    i want a hipshot so freaking bad, i want to get it fit on my prs or something, or just get a custom strat!
     
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    It is a great thing indeed. They take a while to make them though...
    Still waiting on one right now!
     
  5. OhioEric

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    Thanks for the replies. Just so you know I'm planning a Warmoth baritone 7 string with the 28 5/8" scale. I'm thinking ash body with pau ferro fret board and 2 humbuckers wired to a VVT with a 3-way switch and push pull pots on the volumes for coil tapping, the Hipshot bridge with Sperzels and stainless steel frets.
     
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    I was going to send you an email for an update, but I guess that answers my question.

    Eric, I'm getting the same pickup/ wiring setup on my guitar with the same tuners, bridge and frets. Cool!
    Will warmoth do the routing for the bridge for you?
     
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    Last I heard, they were in plating. I can't wait to get that thing strung up!

    Cheers,

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  8. Jim Soloway

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    We've stopped using pau ferro for our 7-strings. I love the sound and feel of PF, but I don't think it's stiff enough for a the added tension of a 7. For the last few years, all of our 7-strings (including the 2 that I play now) have had cocobolo boards and they seem much more stable to me.
     
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    Kool,
    thanks for the update!
     
  10. OhioEric

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    Nope, Warmoth won't do custom bridge routing. So I'm going to have leave it unrouted for a bridge and find somebody local that can do it. They'll do a Floyd, but I don't want the hassle. Plus every guitar with a Floyd I get my hands on all I do is divebomb. That and a good two point trem, low friction nut and locking tuners really stay in tune well and are very easy to change strings. That and I have heard nothing bad about Hipshot tremolos so that made my decision easy.
     
  11. OhioEric

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    If I may ask, what sort of trouble are you running into with pau ferro boards on 7 strings? I like the look and the tone but if its going to be a nuisance I want to avoid it.
     
  12. Jim Soloway

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    It's not something that is really obvious, but we've built 11 7-string's and the stiffer the neck the better they play. The pau ferros take longer to settle in. They don't seem to stay in tune quite as well (always a bit of an issue with a 7-string anyway). The low end from the 7-string also seems to benefit from the brighter attack of a harder fingerboard.
     
  13. OhioEric

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    I knew I was going to need a rigid neck. If Pau Ferro won't cut it how about ebony? I know Warmoth won't touch cocobolo. Maybe I need to find a builder with better access to exotics. I know you use a fairly thin neck do you think a thicker neck would help?
     
  14. Jim Soloway

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    We do use a thin neck, but our 7-string is a three piece laminate with a pair of graphite rods for re-inforcement. So it's fairly stiff. I've also owned over 30 7-string guitars built by other builders, so it's not just our guitars that I'm using as a frame of reference. And yes, I think ebony would probably be a bit stiffer.
     
  15. OhioEric

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    Thanks for all your help Jim, I do appreciate it.

    I knew I would get option anxeity. Back to the research.
     
  16. Jim Soloway

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    No problem. I love talking guitars and 7-string is my obsession. Feel free to call or e-mail anytime if you get stuck. I can turn you on to a mess of cool 7-string pickup options as well.
     
  17. OhioEric

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    Actually pickups are one of the few areas I have confidence in. I'm going with Bare Knuckles. Hand made and no upcharge for 7 string pickups! Sure they're a bit pricey compared to Duncan and such but the quality is amazing.

    Back to the drawing board.
     
  18. flexshock55

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    Warmoth makes decent stuff, but they do throw a lot of red tape up when it comes to customizing. Can't say I blame them though.

    HEY JIM SOLOWAY... do you think wenge or bubinga would be robust enough to use for a 7-string neck? Thanks.
     
  19. Jim Soloway

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    Neither would be my choice.

    Bubinga may be robust enough, but it's VERY heavy and it would be likely end up being neck heavy.

    I've had a 7-string with a wenge neck and I didn't like it at all. I thought it was really dead sounding.
     

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