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    Just picked up a nice Sterling AX40, but not too impressed with the Sterling Tremelo. Does a Floyd Rose fit in the AX40 nicely, or do I need to do some modifications if I want to install a Floyd.
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    I was looking into this awhile ago when I was buying a new guitar, and I'm almost positive a regular Floyd will fit without any modifications.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bluto View Post
    I was looking into this awhile ago when I was buying a new guitar, and I'm almost positive a regular Floyd will fit without any modifications.
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    I don't know about a OFR, but a GOTOH should fit for sure. You catch some Peavey Wolfgang Floyds on Ebay from time to time fairly cheap.

    I've been considering a FU trem for my Wolfgang Special. I was thinking of getting one with stainless hardware and titanium saddle blocks (not saddles). Due to the price, this would be a trem that would be kept and transplanted to any Floyd equipped guitar that I would own in the future.
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    It can be done , I've done it !
    I own a couple of AX40 guitars and have put Floyd Rose Specials on them . They are the same physical specs as a 'normal' FR trem . They also pair up nicely with the D-tunas .

    *note* the base plates are somewhat thicker than the cheaper Sterling trems , so you may need to shim the neck to get a better action on your guitar ... I'll try to take a couple of close up photos of my guitars with the new bridges if you want . These were just pics I readily had in my album .

    P.S. , which model/finish did you go with ScottyB ?
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    Does the Ax40D have the same neck profile as the Axis?

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    Not exactly. It's similar, but not the same.
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    Quote Originally Posted by vhMcG View Post
    It can be done , I've done it !
    I own a couple of AX40 guitars and have put Floyd Rose Specials on them . They are the same physical specs as a 'normal' FR trem . They also pair up nicely with the D-tunas .

    *note* the base plates are somewhat thicker than the cheaper Sterling trems , so you may need to shim the neck to get a better action on your guitar ... I'll try to take a couple of close up photos of my guitars with the new bridges if you want . These were just pics I readily had in my album .

    P.S. , which model/finish did you go with ScottyB ?
    I picked up a used Amber AX40, not sure if there is any model info to share (is there). Yours look great.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ScottyBHarris View Post
    I picked up a used Amber AX40, not sure if there is any model info to share (is there). Yours look great.
    Yeah , I was wondering if you had gotten an older model (which mine are too) or a newer AX40D . The 'D' at the end means that they're loaded with the same Dimarzio pickups that are in the Axis guitars , and are supossedly identical to Eddie's original EBMM ones .

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    Can you buy the original Van Halen pickups from dimarzio? I wanted to get hold of the model with them installed but out here (Oz) it was going to cost about $1300 and that was his 'best' price!
    So I figured if I could pick up an ax40 and a set of the Ed dimarzios it would be a cheaper option?
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    ^^^ To my knowledge , the coveted pickups designed by Steve B. (at DiMarzio) and Eddie's ears are ONLY for sale under 4 conditions ; on an original EBMM , an EB Axis , or a Sterling AX40D . They aren't for sale as an aftermarket item as far as I know .

    The 4th condition is that an owner of one or more of those guitars could've swapped out the pickups for sale , due to a personal preference change. Those pickups are a big part of WHY the EBMM guitars are so esteemed and costly . Hats off to the folks at Sterling for making them come stock on the newer (and lower priced) AX40D's .
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    Quote Originally Posted by vhMcG View Post
    ^^^ To my knowledge , the coveted pickups designed by Steve B. (at DiMarzio) and Eddie's ears are ONLY for sale under 4 conditions ; on an original EBMM , an EB Axis , or a Sterling AX40D . They aren't for sale as an aftermarket item as far as I know .

    The 4th condition is that an owner of one or more of those guitars could've swapped out the pickups for sale , due to a personal preference change. Those pickups are a big part of WHY the EBMM guitars are so esteemed and costly . Hats off to the folks at Sterling for making them come stock on the newer (and lower priced) AX40D's .
    You are right. Dimarzio will not sell them.

    Quote Originally Posted by WDFA5150 View Post
    Can you buy the original Van Halen pickups from dimarzio? I wanted to get hold of the model with them installed but out here (Oz) it was going to cost about $1300 and that was his 'best' price!
    So I figured if I could pick up an ax40 and a set of the Ed dimarzios it would be a cheaper option?

    As vhMcG said, the cheapest way to get your hands on them is to buy them from someone who swapped them out. They show up on ebay occasionally.

    The base plate will read:

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    MADE IN THE U.S.A.
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    N 2

    "B" is for bridge and "N" is for neck.


    I have not personally seen any that were made in the last 2 years so I don't know if they have changed the baseplate markings.

    I was told the Axis EX used the same pickups but did not have the "B1" on it, instead it had a sticker. I have not verified this and am curious if anyone can confirm that or not.

    Proceed with caution if you choose to buy them this way. The AX40D is the safest option.

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