Smooth 2-point tremolo?

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  1. Yngve

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    Hi,

    I'm working on a strat-style partsocaster project. I'm looking for a tremolo with that smooth silky knife-sharp feeling you get from a MusicMan LUKE or Petrucci model. None of the regular 2-point tremolos I've tried (mostly standard Fender stuff) have that "Floyd"-feeling that the MusicMan do, so please point me in the right direction. I would prefer a vintage look.

    How does the Gotoh 510TS-FE1 / SF1 compare to the MusicMan Vintage tremolos? Any suggestions?
     
  2. speedyone

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    I haven't tried the Gotoh or Music Man trems, so I can't herlp you there.

    However, this trem is supposed to be "the best" non-locking trem so far:

    http://www.tremking.com/

    After I get my next 6 string guitar I'm going to put one of these in.
     
  3. Yngve

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    Thank you for your reply.

    I've played alot with the MusicMan vintage trems as I used to own a LUKE mkII, and I want something simular for my build project. Anyone played the new Gothos and can compare those to the MMEB?
     
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    I thought the two post Wilky's were real smooth. Too smooth for me, I like a six screw.
     
  5. Yngve

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    I now have a Callaham six screw in this guitar, but I'll put in on one of my Fenders as an upgrade and want to go for a smoother trem on this one.
     
  6. Rotten

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    What about a G&L dual fulcrum?
     
  7. Yngve

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    Haven't heard of those before, but did a quick search and it seems interessting. How does it compare to the LUKE trems?
     
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    That TremKing is just hideous looking...
     
  10. Yngve

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    I agree. Would rather go for Hipshot for looks only.
     
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    The Gotoh 510ts and the Wilkinson VS400 are the smoothest best made two point trems in production ALL the others have compromises.
     
  14. Yngve

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    As far as my internet search has come so far, it seems that the Gotoh 510 SF1 is the best option. Vintage look and super smooth.

    Now, would I like a steel or a zinc block? I prefer steel for tone as far as my experience goes, but wouldn't a zinc block give a smoother and looser feel because of less tension on the strings as the strings sits deeper into the zinc block than on the steel block?
     
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    I'd would go for tone first. You can always drill out the string wells deeper. The steel blocks on the 510 series are not readily available as replacement.

    Also, go play some Tylers and Suhrs as they have the 510 trems as standard option now. Suhrs use the steel block version.
     
  16. Eagle1

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    Depends on the guitar ,but I like the tone of the steel block more.
     
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    +1 on the Wilkinsons.
     
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    Six potentially misaligned notched screws with brass knife edges???
    that sounds like a good idea.:stir
     

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