NTD! Best strat trem ever!!!!!!

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  1. Blix

    Blix Supporting Member

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    Well not technically new today, but I all forgot to make a thread when I got it. :)

    It's a trad stratocaster vibrato unit with a fun twist.

    Lets get to some pictures right away:

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    The saddles are chrome or nickel-plated brass, compensated so intonation is no issue at all!



    Comes with a cool brass claw:

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    It replaced a Wudtone trem which where excellent, but I had some issues with the high E breaking, probably an easy fix, but I was intrigued by the Rutters when he posted it on his Facebook.

    According to him it improves the tone, and I have to say it sounds really good. Of course not a day and night difference, but I feel the highest highs got a tad fatter. Just awesome
    The largest difference for me is how it changed the feel of my guitar compared to the previous trem, it feels slinkier which is awesome.
    For some reason I had to use two springs with the Wudtone, but with the Rutters I'm back to a more "normal" 3 for my 9-46 strings.

    The trem block material is secret, but whatever it's made of, if sure works! :)
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    It's kind of hard to demo a strat vibrato unit, but here's a short video of me manhandling it a bit... :)









    The price was $150. It's not shown on the website, but an email takes care of it. :)





    Had to add a little hyperbole in the title... ;)
     
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  2. gregory347

    gregory347 Member

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    Nice work! What pickups are you using?
     
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  3. Blix

    Blix Supporting Member

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    The pickups are Wilde Alnico MicroCoils. :)
     
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    Very cool demo!
     
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    walterw Gold Supporting Member

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    there was a version of this some years back with angled saddles, but the problem was the strings would work their way down the "slope" with trem use, getting out of alignment.

    having straight but compensated saddles solves that problem, very cool.
     
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  6. mslugano

    mslugano Supporting Member

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    I am a huge Marc Rutters fan. Love and use his Tele bridge so no reason not believe he'd make a killer trem.

    Great sounding demo and nice tasteful trem usage!
     
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  7. Boris Bubbanov

    Boris Bubbanov Member

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    Very nice.

    When Marc first came on the scene with his Eccentric slot compensation saddles, I felt right away with chrome plating they would be superb for Benders and Trems.

    Dale Clark had had this Chime Master bridge but he chose to use the smaller diameter barrels with slant compensation. I felt like the strings would tend to relocate themselves everytime we detensioned them when we applied the whammy bar, so I tended to be really reluctant to hammer on the bar. Even when he did the Chime Master II with the Floyd style bar collar attachment (which solves the wear issue between the bar and block) I still saw evidence of string movement.

    I think Marc has licked a lot of the practical concerns of the combination of a 3 barrel design on a trem, here. The next thing I hope Marc works on is an even smaller diameter barrel. Either that or relocate the through holes through the plate and block and move them down the body 3/16ths inches more or less. Or do both. Part of the reasons so many Strats feel stiff IMO is the break angle is too steep and the string is almost wrapping around the saddle at the break point.

    Oh, I see a couple posts came in above mine while I composed my post. Absolutely +1 what Walter is saying, about string movement.
     
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  8. Blix

    Blix Supporting Member

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    Yeah it sure keeps the strings in place, no issues. :aok

    FWIW, the Rutters trem made my guitar feel a good bit softer than the Wudtone it replaced, which is a huge improvement in feel to me! :)
     
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    broken_sound Silver Supporting Member

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    Marc makes some great stuff. My tele bridge + saddles are absolutely top notch.

    And man, look at the thickness of that claw!!!
     
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  10. Blix

    Blix Supporting Member

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    Yeah, that claw is solid!
     
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    I thought the MicroCoils had individual adjustable pole pieces...
     
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    I like your tone, as soon as you have your tone in the emporium, please let me know, i have first dibs.
     
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  13. Blix

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    The regular MC's does, not the alnico ones. :)
     
  14. Blix

    Blix Supporting Member

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    Ha, you better be loaded! :D
     
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    LOL, i'll trade you my Forza Fiat!
    It is almost like a Ferrari, lol.
     
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  16. Blix

    Blix Supporting Member

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    I'd consider a working DeLorean, including a working flux capacitor.. :D
     
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    But only if it's a NOS Flux Cap
     
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  18. Judas68fr

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    thanks for sharing man! Awesome tone/playing BTW!
     
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  19. aynirar27

    aynirar27 All You Need Is Rock and Roll Gold Supporting Member

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    Very cool man!
    I'm gonna go listen to some Jason Becker now :dude
     
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  20. Blix

    Blix Supporting Member

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    Thanks! This is why a decked trem is never an option! :)
     
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