The Trem King is another great design to have been released in recent years. Super Vee is a relative newcomer to the field of whammy bars. The Hipshot US Contour bridge is unlike any tremolo system out there. A Les Paul Custom becomes a billion times cooler with a Bigsby than without one. I have a Strat with FR without the fine tuners, standard nut, and locking tuners. A ‘real’ tremolo effect is a rhythmic variation in volume and a ‘real’ vibrato is a variation in pitch. No mention of Steinberger’s headless trems, no mention of Geoffrey McCabe’s old and recent trems , nothing about Hayashi’s Atlansia line of hardware (includes many tremolos) no mention of P.Vigier’s trems neither ( bearings) , neither of the Washburn Wonderbar and many others. This trem isn’t a double-locking tremolo per se, but there is a mechanism inside that prevents the string from moving in the block. Tremolo is change in volume, not pitch, that is vibrato. If the Gotoh 1996 is my favorite locking trem, then the Hipshot Contour 2-Point is my absolute favorite non-locking trem. Because you could say that this is a ‘hardtail,, expect an increased sustain and expanded upper harmonics when you have this unit on your guitar. Nowadays I don´t know whetehr there ara better systems or not. As the classic high duty tremolo system, the Floyd Rose has been a staple in the guitarists’ lexicon since the early 1980s. FR is not so good at tunning up. The Schaller 3801 is one of my favorite trems and perhaps one of the most unique trems around. One remark beforehand: even though we as guitarists call this device a tremolo, it’s technically a vibrato! To top off the package of this trem, he uses aircraft grade aluminium all through the unit plus the saddles and finetuners are much more integral than on any other design. Pros like Eric Johnson have been known to adopt this trem in situations where whammy bar-abuse is prevalent. Exactly. The saddles lock in place, the string holes are staggered so they won’t bind in the saddles, and it features a pop-in arm. Both versions of the Super Vee can be installed with simple tools like a screwdriver and pliers and they don’t require rerouting of the existing tremolo cavity. No mention of the original Steinberger TransTrem? I like to brainstorm a lot with other guitarists about gear, music, tone and other assorted subjects when one subject came up which can be summed up in one simple question: what are the top 10 tremolo systems on the market, right now? Copyright © 2020 Seymour Duncan. Would anyone know where to either find an affordable (I live in The Netherlands) Ibanez Pro Rock’r II bridge or otherwise a floating bridge which has a peg-spacing of 81-82mm?… I have the original bridge on an old Roadstar, but it has a big crack in it, so I’m afraid to use it in case Metal-fatigue sets in and it just snaps in half under string-tension. http://www.seymourduncan.com/blog/the-tone-garage/the-most-interesting-whammy-bars-in-the-world, Announcing the Eric Steckel Signature “Candy” Humbucker Set. Before Bigsby, there was nothing. His guitars are lightweight, versatile, resonant and responsive. It is also much easier for string changes. A steel block and steel saddles round off the package. If I were to make a faithful 50s or 60s replica,I’d go for the Callaham, but if the spec sheet asks for ‘modern appointments’ I’d go with the Wilkinson. Insures excellent return to pitch accuracy, maximum tone, sustain, and durability. The biggest hassle in putting on a string is cutting off the ball end and that’s not much hassle at all. There are many popular variants of this type of system, including the original Floyd Rose, the Ibanez Edge and models by Gotoh and Schaller. Insures excellent return to pitch accuracy, maximum tone, sustain, and durability. The guitar shown above is one of Joe Perry’s personal guitars, and if he likes something, well… that speaks for itself. Hipshot's excellent "roller bearing" pivot system, material choice, and expert manufacture contribute to this unit being the trem that cured me of my whammybarsgooutoftuneitis. The TransTrem 3 on my Steinberger is the best trem system I have ever used. We see the values of the past as a stepping stone to the future with new and exciting guitars and basses at the center. Santa Barbara, California. The Wilkinson, on the other hand, uses the same layout as the Callaham but is loaded to the brim with modern features. I´d like to try a strandberg on a headless guitar, though they´re really out of reach! You will need to open up the locking nut or have it totally replaced with a new, well-cut nut. The stainless steel "no wobble" vibrato arm gives you a superb feel and years of reliable, trouble free service. Agreed, the Bigsby unit isn’t as tech-savvy as other trems we know and use nowadays but for its time it was the best you had. Here's a classic tremolo bridge with the quality you've come to expect from Hipshot Products. The Callaham, for example, aims at creating a faithful replica of the tremolo unit Leo Fender designed and made for the first runs of the Fender Stratocaster in the 1950s, with the bent steel saddles, steel trem block and hardened steel arm, for example.