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PostPosted: Thu Aug 20, 2009 2:07 pm 
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How can I tell weather I have a mexican spaced tremolo or an american spaced tremolo?


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PostPosted: Thu Aug 20, 2009 2:28 pm 
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callen3615 wrote:
How can I tell weather I have a mexican spaced tremolo or an american spaced tremolo?


Hi callen3615: you need to measure center to center of the outer of the six screw heads. The two measurements are 52 mm (2 1/16") and 56 mm (2 7/32"). (52 is often more like 52.5 mm - but it counts as the same thing.)

56 mm is what you are calling "American", though in fact I've heard that the Mexican Strat has used both measurements. My understanding is that MIMs now use the 56 mm spacing - but don't quote me on that. Mexico is the one factory from which I don't own a Strat.

Anyway. You will find that sellers such as www.wdmusic.com quote the spacing measurement for their bridges, so you know which you are buying. Sometimes they talk about "string spacing" rather than "screw spacing", but it amounts to the same thing. The strings pass directly above the screws.

Good luck - C


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Awesome thanks.


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Awesome thanks.


Welcome!

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 Post subject: Re: Measuring bridge screw spacing
PostPosted: Thu Aug 20, 2009 7:04 pm 
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Ceri wrote:
You will find that sellers such as www.wdmusic.com quote the spacing measurement for their bridges, so you know which you are buying. Sometimes they talk about "string spacing" rather than "screw spacing", but it amounts to the same thing. The strings pass directly above the screws.


Unfortunately, a visit to that WD site shows me that there is THIRD option available now: the wider screw spacing combined with the narrow string spacing! Watch Out! So it's not all the "same thing."

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 Post subject: Re: Measuring bridge screw spacing
PostPosted: Thu Aug 20, 2009 7:36 pm 
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orvilleowner wrote:
Ceri wrote:
You will find that sellers such as www.wdmusic.com quote the spacing measurement for their bridges, so you know which you are buying. Sometimes they talk about "string spacing" rather than "screw spacing", but it amounts to the same thing. The strings pass directly above the screws.


Unfortunately, a visit to that WD site shows me that there is THIRD option available now: the wider screw spacing combined with the narrow string spacing! Watch Out! So it's not all the "same thing."


Well I have a mexi trem and a japanese trem with us spacing so I think im covered lol.


I cant say $@!? Can japs say yank?


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I cant say $@!? Can japs say yank?[/quote]


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orvilleowner wrote:
Ceri wrote:
You will find that sellers such as www.wdmusic.com quote the spacing measurement for their bridges, so you know which you are buying. Sometimes they talk about "string spacing" rather than "screw spacing", but it amounts to the same thing. The strings pass directly above the screws.


Unfortunately, a visit to that WD site shows me that there is THIRD option available now: the wider screw spacing combined with the narrow string spacing! Watch Out! So it's not all the "same thing."

Ha! Is that right? The plot thickens...

Also, I seem to recall that Callaham do a bridge with 56 mm screw spacing but narrower string pitch, specifically for people that have early model Strats with narrower than usual necks. I thought I wouldn't muddy the waters with that one, though.

At a glance I'm not seeing that WD bridge you are talking about, but I presume it's the same sort of principle...?

Cheers - C


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Ceri wrote:
At a glance I'm not seeing that WD bridge you are talking about, but I presume it's the same sort of principle...?


I couldn't help but stumble on those hybrids at WD ... they are the
Deluxe Fulcrum
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Gotoh Low Friction

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 Post subject: Re: Measuring bridge screw spacing
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orvilleowner wrote:
...and the Gotoh Low Friction

Ah, indeed. Of that one they say; "the very desirable 10.8 string spacing, keeping those nasty 'E' strings on the fingerboard!".

Now, you're a gentleman with some very specific knowledge of that issue, if memory serves. Mind you, many of us would be happy to have your problems in that particular case...

8) - C


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I believe that Callaham may have a new hybrid as well.


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Ceri wrote:
... "the very desirable 10.8 string spacing, keeping those nasty 'E' strings on the fingerboard!" Now, you're a gentleman with some very specific knowledge of that issue, if memory serves. Mind you, many of us would be happy to have your problems in that particular case.


Your concern is touching. I do have that nasty problem on one old guitar. I can live with it. As long as the High E doesn't fall off the fingerboard, I am 95% satisfied letting the Low E fall off above the 12th fret.

Oh what we have to put up with for the sake of Vintage Tones ...

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