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    Default Final stages of partscaster upgrade. Recommendations?

    I've slowly been upgrading an SX strat over the past few years, and I'm down to just a few parts.

    Here's what I've upgraded so far:
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    I want to replace the cheap plastic nut on the neck, and possibly the bridge. What would you guys recommend?


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    I would clearly change that volume knob , to one that says 'Tone' ....
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    Just going by what you posted, I would go with a regular Fender 6 screw trem or a Wilkinson Trem, if money isn't as issue than a Callaham trem, they are the best IMO...also maybe a TUSQ nut
    Earn this...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tank2000 View Post
    Just going by what you posted, I would go with a regular Fender 6 screw trem or a Wilkinson Trem, if money isn't as issue than a Callaham trem, they are the best IMO...also maybe a TUSQ nut
    +1 on the Tusq nut. They make great products. That or bone. I've got the very same bone nut on my '68 Strat that I cut almost 20 yrs. ago. It's stood up very well. the slots are a little lower now from wear, and a multitude of string gauges over the years, but not so much I get excessive buzz, and it's seen plenty of abuse. It just has that broken in feel.

    I actually just redid the nut on my friends black, ebony board Gibson V a couple months ago for him, which came with a horrible generic plastic nut (which was actually cracked at the A slot and glued over) that someone had installed at some point, and I made it out of bison bone. it's a black material overall, but it has some white fleck and striations through it which actually look kind of cool. It's a bit more expensive than conventional bone, but it's tougher. It sounds incredible! The open notes just ring out with a nice rich tone, and the sustain is worlds better than that plastic job could ever facilitate.

    For a bridge replacement...I've always liked Wilkinson bridges. There's others on the market that I have not tried for customers, but those things are so reliable, and well made. I never had any set up issues with them. They are very well machined, and finished.

    I've had customers bring their guitars back to me for years for adjustments, or repairs here and there, and those bridges stand up so well to sweat, and typical wear, I just give them a cleanup when I do any maintenance, and they shine up like brand new. Even daily player's guitars that see tons of use.
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    I ordered a Tusq nut today. Still not sure whether to go for a whole new bridge, or just upgraded saddles.

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    You should consider the Super-Vee Bladerunner bridge. I was skeptical of their "sustainium" tone block, but after slapping one on my strat, I'm a believer.
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    Quote Originally Posted by nobozos View Post
    You should consider the Super-Vee Bladerunner bridge. I was skeptical of their "sustainium" tone block, but after slapping one on my strat, I'm a believer.
    That's way too expensive for my tastes.

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    Before I had the Bladerunner in the Strat, I modified the trem in my Mexi Strat body with Graphtech String Saver saddles and a GFS Brass sustain block. That was a pretty decent sounding setup. It happens to be sitting in my drawer right now.
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    Can anyone share your opinions of a 2 point vs 6 point trem?

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    I recommend a 6 screw...the 2 point works, but there is more stability with a 6-screw. I think of it as there are 6 screws to take the abuse rather than 2. I've tried 2 for years, but the 6 screw works better for longer in my experience.

    I trick out my Fender tremolos completely...I mod Fender "Pat. Pend." saddles, I use a modded Callaham block with a Callaham pop-in tremolo arm, I use 6 modded Callaham stainless steel screws, a Gotoh traditional base plate, Raw Vintage springs, white Tusq XL nut with Big Bends Nut Sauce on every point of contact. I also use Sperzel staggered post/locking tuners.

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    Quote Originally Posted by garbeaj View Post
    I recommend a 6 screw...the 2 point works, but there is more stability with a 6-screw. I think of it as there are 6 screws to take the abuse rather than 2. I've tried 2 for years, but the 6 screw works better for longer in my experience.

    I trick out my Fender tremolos completely...I mod Fender "Pat. Pend." saddles, I use a modded Callaham block with a Callaham pop-in tremolo arm, I use 6 modded Callaham stainless steel screws, a Gotoh traditional base plate, Raw Vintage springs, white Tusq XL nut with Big Bends Nut Sauce on every point of contact. I also use Sperzel staggered post/locking tuners.
    That Callaham stuff is crazy expensive!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ledvedder View Post
    That Callaham stuff is crazy expensive!
    Yes it is, but they are considered the best
    Earn this...

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    Well, there was a Wilkinson WVS 50, http://www.customworldguitarparts.co...ik-chrome.html, on Ebay with a "Best Offer", so I put in a, what I thought was a low, offer, and they accepted it.

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    Well, "expensive" is a relative term. You might spend an additional $75 for a Callaham block versus a Fender block. That isn't very much money, especially when you consider how much it impacts your overall tone and sustain. And don't even get me started on how much people spend on useless pedals!

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    Well, I've received the Wilkinson tremolo. After taking some measurements, it looks like the original tremolo location doesn't line up correctly centered with the guitar and neck. Actually, after measuring with my calipers, the low E string is further from the edge of the fretboard than the high E string. Looks like I'll be performing some hole filing with dowels. I see that my local Lowe's has 1/8" poplar dowels, http://www.lowes.com/pd_19375-261-43...ductId=3040764. I'm assuming these will work, but I just wanted to get other opinions from players that have performed this surgery.

 

 

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