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Tech guitar question

Postby Dude » Fri Apr 07, 2006 5:13 pm

Hey,

Is it possible to swap the floating tremolo system on a guitar with a fixed-bridge, non-tremolo setup?

I'm sure if I take it to a shop, and throw enough money at them, they'll pretty much make any modifications I want -- but will this screw with the "character" of the the guitar, i.e. tone, sustain, etc.

Any guidance would be appreciated.

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Re: Tech guitar question

Postby johnthebrucelee » Fri Apr 07, 2006 6:49 pm

Stratattack, Deansolo, Charvelised, and others might be able to help you.

First of all, what kind of guitar do you have? I'm pretty sure that if your guitar's body is not string-thru body, then you can't switch... I may be wrong, but correct me! :o

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Re: Tech guitar question

Postby MetalHead » Sat Apr 08, 2006 12:10 am

i think you could :)

check out those wraparound tailpieces used on LP's :)

the only things is, your body is probably routed for
the tremoloblock and the springs, so if you change it, you'll have
a decent gap through the guitar :?
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Re: Tech guitar question

Postby Deansolo » Sat Apr 08, 2006 1:19 am

It'd be a bit ugly if you have the rout under the trem to enable you to pull up. did that make sense?

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Re: Tech guitar question

Postby jefnel1 » Sat Apr 08, 2006 5:17 am

I've seen it done before. The process involves fusing a block of wood in the tremolo rout. I personally wouldn't recommend it. Is your guitar neck-through body? If not, you'd be better off just replacing the entire body. It's a cheaper option, would provide more stability, and would make the guitar sound much better tone-wise.
"A lot of people use the (tremolo) bar when their brain or their heart quits thinking about the music."

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Re: Tech guitar question

Postby MetalHead » Sat Apr 08, 2006 8:15 am

couldn't you just block the Floyd too ? :)
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Re: Tech guitar question

Postby Dude » Sat Apr 08, 2006 8:20 am

Thanks all for your replies.

I should have mentioned this originally, but the guitar is an early 90's Charvel "strat" style -- the neck is a bolt-on, and the back is carved out to house the tremolo springs, as one would expect. There are also 3 locking nuts at the top of the neck.

I long ago dropped any "whammy bar" use from my playing -- thus the desire to convert the hardware.

Eventually I'll contact a shop to get their feedback, but I figured the best advice would come from enthusiasts/practitioners such as those found on this site.

Thanks again

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