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Afghan Dave

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£1.96 Tremolo stopper!?
« on: February 10, 2012, 07:26:39 PM »
"I was thinking of some designs for an adjustable tremolo stopper, and then realised there was a common household piece of gear that was a lot cheaper than a Tremol-no. Sure it would require a little permanent surgery, but that didnít bother me. Iím sure a lot of you wonít be either. I wanted to go from floating to dive-only so I could use my D-Tuna, and this little contraption would enable me to do this."
http://www.lonephantom.com/2012/02/the-4-tremolo-stopper/



Read this and tell me what you think... I'm gonna try it!  :?


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Re: £1.96 Tremolo stopper!?
« Reply #1 on: February 10, 2012, 07:41:43 PM »
"I was thinking of some designs for an adjustable tremolo stopper, and then realised there was a common household piece of gear that was a lot cheaper than a Tremol-no. Sure it would require a little permanent surgery, but that didn’t bother me. I’m sure a lot of you won’t be either. I wanted to go from floating to dive-only so I could use my D-Tuna, and this little contraption would enable me to do this."
http://www.lonephantom.com/2012/02/the-4-tremolo-stopper/



Read this and tell me what you think... I'm gonna try it!  :?


Oooooh ..... looks a bit dodgey to me Dave....     I heard that the bloke who was selling these made a bolt for it once he got his money.

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Re: £1.96 Tremolo stopper!?
« Reply #2 on: February 10, 2012, 07:53:11 PM »
I'm first gonna try to see if I can balance my trem on two springs... If I can, it's a GO!  :P
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Re: £1.96 Tremolo stopper!?
« Reply #3 on: February 10, 2012, 08:00:33 PM »
brilliant

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Re: £1.96 Tremolo stopper!?
« Reply #4 on: February 10, 2012, 09:10:41 PM »
Quite ingenious!

I rather wish I thought of it.

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Re: £1.96 Tremolo stopper!?
« Reply #5 on: February 10, 2012, 09:21:38 PM »
I Know...

And you can get solid brass for TONE!   :P

If Floyd Upgrades made it, it would be $35.
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Re: £1.96 Tremolo stopper!?
« Reply #6 on: February 10, 2012, 10:12:07 PM »
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Re: £1.96 Tremolo stopper!?
« Reply #7 on: February 10, 2012, 10:43:29 PM »
Well, it'll work I guess!  You'd have to position it very precisely, and presumably it would be good to put some kind of cushion between the bolt and the block to stop nasty vibration-noise.
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Re: £1.96 Tremolo stopper!?
« Reply #8 on: February 11, 2012, 08:05:53 AM »
Hell, even if you just used it for easy string changes it's well worth it. Can't see it being too much of a pain on install as long as your trem rides parallel to begin with.

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Re: £1.96 Tremolo stopper!?
« Reply #9 on: February 11, 2012, 10:51:00 AM »
As a user of a Floyd Upgrades trem stopper, I would say this home-made effort is good for string changes, but that's where I would leave it, to be honest. Why?

A) You would have to be very, very precise in placing this thing for it to work as an actual, functioning trem-stopper. With the FU one, it's a bracket with an allen bolt through it. Simple, yes, but really adjustable and easy to fine-tune it to get that bridge sitting parallel to the body, which is obviously very important. With this home-made effort, you would have to get it right first time, or risk multiple replacement of the assembly which will make a pigs ear of the wood underneath, never mind the wood structure integrity implications of several attempts at getting the placement right. Eventually there will be a bunch of churned-up wood that is not going to be secure enough for this thing to work properly anyway.

B) Spring room. The pic shows that they have had to take the third spring out of the equation, which to me is not the best thing in the world. It's a minor point, yes, but the whole point of one of these set-ups to me is to basically turn the Floyd into a fixed bridge. Less springs = less tension holding the trem down / fighting against string tension.

C) As has been mentioned by someone else: Natural instrument vibration may cause this thing to rattle, or even may cause the arm to gradually rotate in the lock and *PING* out at inopportune moments, especially bad if someone does this to their gigging guitar. The installer would probably have to do a lot of experimenting with rubber washers and other gubbins to create a "secure" unit, possibly nullifying any of the added tonal effects that they would additionally want from such a piece of kit.

But hey, that's just my $0.02 because I'm a bit of a perfectionist, heh.  :lol:

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Re: £1.96 Tremolo stopper!?
« Reply #10 on: February 11, 2012, 06:30:47 PM »
That's some twisted genius right there!
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Re: £1.96 Tremolo stopper!?
« Reply #11 on: February 11, 2012, 07:27:45 PM »
As a user of a Floyd Upgrades trem stopper, I would say this home-made effort is good for string changes, but that's where I would leave it, to be honest. Why?


Because you paid +$ for your 'floyd upgrade' instead of lateral thinking 'a bolt', maybe why ?  8)

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Re: £1.96 Tremolo stopper!?
« Reply #12 on: February 11, 2012, 09:15:10 PM »
Yas! Cheapo diy guitar mods for the win. Wee rubber pad on the end and you don't even need to be super accurate anyway. Marvelous wee idea.
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Re: £1.96 Tremolo stopper!?
« Reply #13 on: February 12, 2012, 12:11:05 AM »
Yas! Cheapo diy guitar mods for the win. Wee rubber pad on the end and you don't even need to be super accurate anyway. Marvelous wee idea.

I was thinking a pencil eraser topper!

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Re: £1.96 Tremolo stopper!?
« Reply #14 on: February 12, 2012, 01:20:40 AM »
As a user of a Floyd Upgrades trem stopper, I would say this home-made effort is good for string changes, but that's where I would leave it, to be honest. Why?


Because you paid +$ for your 'floyd upgrade' instead of lateral thinking 'a bolt', maybe why ?  8)

Hmmm... nope. Because without micro adjustment I know I would spend all day mangling the inside of my guitar trying to get a door bolt in the right place.  :lol:

I mean if you've got the patience and know-how to get something spot-on, then fair do's to ya. I simply don't and therefore spent a lot of extra money on convenience.