Trem Question

Discussion in 'Electric Instruments' started by RickG, Nov 5, 2018.

  1. Collywobbles

    Collywobbles New Member

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    This is how low my 1985 Custom is - much lower than the current specification. I'd also put money on it it's never beeen changed since it left the factory 33 and a bit years a go. My suspicion is the early guitars either had a lower neck angle than is seen today (or were made with a more variable neck angle so some were low, others higher) or that over time that the guitar has had a bit of 'neck rise' (a known phenomenon on old Les Pauls). I had a slighly earlier guitar than this and that one was exactly the same - a very low neck angle needing the trem to be set right down to get a sensible action (that one I had to re-set as it had been messed around with the two outer screws down and the four inner screws up like an old Fender set-up). I also used to own a very early 1986 Standard where the trem was set much higher on the pivot screws as the neck angle was much steeper. So I think you have to set the trem height to the specifics of your own guitar using the specs as a guide / starting point. And yes I know it could do with a dust.

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  2. sergiodeblanc

    sergiodeblanc Get in, loser, we’re going shopping.

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    There’s a used set on Reverb.

    https://reverb.com/item/16303167-prs-tremolo-bridge-saddles-nickel-acc-4021
     
  3. RickG

    RickG New Member

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  4. sergiodeblanc

    sergiodeblanc Get in, loser, we’re going shopping.

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    They’re shiny. SE saddles are tumbled not polished.
     
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  5. Rider1260

    Rider1260 New Member

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    I have a couple of PRS that work best when the bridge is low like that, it does look like if you lower the saddles you could raise the bridge a bit if you want more waggle to your trem
     
  6. RickG

    RickG New Member

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    I ended up lowering it quite a bit from spec. I prefer the tone of a floating trem but I don't really use the trem so I don't mind losing some pull up travel:

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  7. RickG

    RickG New Member

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    I really love the tone of the guitar right now. I wonder if the saddles would make a big difference in tone?
     
  8. sergiodeblanc

    sergiodeblanc Get in, loser, we’re going shopping.

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    It will. I have a couple PRS, and coincidentally one is a 93 CE maple top that have those graphtech saddles, it was a “thing” with me for awhile. They mute certain frequencies or at least charge the tactile response of the guitar. Whether or not it’s a detriment... I don’t know yet, as I haven’t had the courage to swap them out, because I too love the sound of that particular guitar.
     
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