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PostSubject: Re: The Ten Million Dollar Bridge   Thu Apr 15, 2010 7:44 pm

OK T....in short, no. The bridge in question is basically Hipshots knock-off of a Steinberger stock bridge with fine tuners.

My question had to do with the possibility of attaching such a bridge to a fulcrum tremolo, and adding a toplock, to produce a fully locking bass tremolo.

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PostSubject: Re: The Ten Million Dollar Bridge   Thu Apr 15, 2010 9:47 pm

Sorry but no. I have no idea the point/use/how a locking trem works. I'm a total noob with this stuff.
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PostSubject: Re: The Ten Million Dollar Bridge   Thu Apr 15, 2010 11:09 pm

OK T, a quick lesson in tremolos. Wink

A non-locking system would be like a standard Fender Strat fulcrum-styled tremolo. The strings go through the tremolo bridge, but are not locked down at any point. You use the bar, and they are free to shift in and out of tune.

Kahler bass tremolos are of the same idea, but are a cam-based system.

A locking system is something like either a Floyd Rose or Kahler guitar system. The strings on a Floyd Rose are clamped at the bridge, and also up at the top of the neck using a toplock. Kahlers don't normally clamp at the bottom, but do use a toplock.

The idea is that if you take a guitar, and clamp the strings, the original tension, and tuning, is maintained no matter how much you use the tremolo bar. Since the strings are clamped at their original tension, they should always return to pitch as you use the bar.

My goal is to develop a locking tremolo system for bass. This would involve having the strings clamped at the bridge and at the headstock with a toplock.

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PostSubject: Re: The Ten Million Dollar Bridge   Fri Apr 16, 2010 5:16 am

Sounds fun! I'd prefer a kahler locking trem rather than a hipshot (I hate the look of that big hole in the back) but it's all good! Very Happy
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