steel block

Discussion in 'Effects, Pedals, Strings & Things' started by snake eyes, Mar 9, 2008.

  1. snake eyes

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    Don't know about that one but people like the Callaham trem blocks (or whole assemblies) for replacing those on MIM strats. Searching should turn up something.
     
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    well the original is very soft..ive been looking into this alot lately...from what ive read it does help in sustain??...but id think that having a bunch of small changes to our MIM strats would add up to really having a "oh that sounds different " effect...

    on a kinda related note i stripped my MIM down and just put a little stain on it.....big tone change..maybe the bridge being right on wood helps as they say helps?? just my .2
     
  4. snake eyes

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    I thought about callaham. too expensive. Plus original trem bar won't work with it. $75 for block and bar.
     
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    Callaham bars alone are huge improvements over the stock. Tactilely they feel great to the touch and when you need to use it the bar doesn't give in. This said I am on the hunt for the entire Strat rig myself.
     
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    I bought that exact block from the same seller and it didn't fit exactly and the stock trem arm didn't work because it had different threads. I ended up sending it back and getting the callaham which works and sounds great.
     
  7. zombiwoof

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    Are you saying the trem arm that came on the Standard Strat (Mexican) didn't fit? If so, that block probably has the US threads, so you need to buy an $8 US trem arm for it, no big deal. I sent a message to Musicparts guru about that block, it comes on the new Highway 1 Strats. Does it screw to the plate for the Mexican Strat all right?

    Thanks,
    Al
     
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    I have a couple of the Callaham blocks. One block on a Jap 50s reissue from 87 and the other a whole Callaham trem on another Jap though this time a 60s reissue from the late 80s.

    I really like them and want to fit one to my SRV as they have really improved both my Jap Strats. I like the definition on chords and also the sustain seems stronger and more pronounced since I switched them.

    I had the 50s reissue block in now for about two years and only recently put the whole trem set in the 60s reissue. So I have been able to compare and contrast with my other Strats.

    I still have the old trems, blocks and you can see the difference in construction is huge. These upgrades made as much difference, if not more as when I changed the pups in the guitars.

    I have a set of Fralin Vintage Hot in the 50s reissue and a set of Abigail Ybarra Custom Shop 69s in the 60s reissue. My 60s reissue is a lot darker sounding generally so the Callaham Trem and Block helps a lot with note definition.

    Previously it had a Schaller vintage style Trem (as the original got destroyed in a house fire, along with the guitars finish!), which was really well made and had a good solid block. But the Callaham is a much better sounding unit in my opinion.

    Well worth the outlay.
     
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    the improvement is amazing. the guitar is louder, more sustain, notes really ring out.
     
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    Have you checked the SRV? My (very early one) came with a Steel Block.

    Best, Pete.
     
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