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Just got a Titanium tremolo block!

Discussion in 'Effects, Pedals, Strings & Things' started by exodus, Jan 9, 2006.

  1. exodus

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    Well, I just got a titanium tremolo block for my custom shop '69 strat. If you get one, make sure you have an electric screwdriver.;)

    Anyway, my first impression is that it is pretty damn cool, and lives up to a least a few of its claims.

    The first thing I noticed was how much lighter the block is. When I first picked up my strat with it installed, (which is already a lightweight sub 4lbs alder body), the guitar really felt different. It made an immediate difference in weight distribution between the body and neck--not in a bad way either. Bottom line--this is now THE lightest strat I have ever picked up.

    Tone? Well, I need some more time with it, but so far I do like the difference. It seems like the attack has a bit more high end snap and the upper mids are more focused. Through my McFuzz, this is a very nice thing.

    I need to play with it more, but all in all I think its a nice addition--worth checking out if you find one for a good price.
     
  2. Curt

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    I've always heard that a heavy, dense, trem block is important for sustain. Any difference is the sustain using the titanium?
     
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    that would seem to make sense, but the sustain is good, at least as good as my custom shop block.
     
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    Yikes! Isn't titanium more expensive than gold? My ex's titanium wedding ring cost a fortune - I can't imagine what a solid block of it would go for..

    I know it's a superior conductor, and can understand its use in high-end electronics applications, but what are the sonic benefits when used as a trem block?

    When I swapped out my zinc block for a steel one, I always figured that the additional weight, along with the shallower string-ball countersinks, was responsible for improved tone & sustain.
     
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    I think they cost about $300 new from some dealers, and can be had for about $250. But.... I scored mine for $149 ebay.
     
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    Travis........titanium frets!!! Now I think your on to something!!!!
     
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    Who makes a titanium trem block?
     
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    Cripes! Travis, you're absolutely right!! How could I make a bonehead mistake like that? So much of those married years have been erased from the memory banks, but I do remember that the ring cost more than all the gear I owned at the time...
     
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    Tatanium Frets ! Now theres a thought. :dude I would likey some on a telewacker. ~ teleblaster.
     
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    I think the main supplier is KTS
    [SIZE=-1]www.k-t-s.com

    I think that is where DeTemple gets them. Check the Detemple site, they can be purchased there as well.


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    I don't even know how you could level them... might have to take your guitar to a blacksmith:eek:
     
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    Thanks!
     
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    I have a ti bicycle, it will by far outlast me.
     
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    I love my Titanium bike - sustain for days (downhill, at least).
     
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