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Japanese Tremolo

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Japanese Tremolo

Postby brian gardiner » Mon Mar 20, 2017 1:07 pm

I have a cheap strat/mustang hybrid style guitar on the bench and it has an odd tremolo. It had a few parts floating loose inside the tremolo cavity, so I'd like to figure out how it goes together, and if I'm missing pieces, which I suspect.

It is a 2 piece bridge, with a mounted top piece, and a floating under bridge piece. The strings attach to the bottom piece via a piece that comes up through the top plate. I'll try and include some pictures below, and thanks for any help identifying this tremolo style or in putting it together properly.
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This is all the pieces together. Hopefully you can see there's a large spring, plus a small spring and a small screw, the latter two of which were floating around loose in the cavity.
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top plate, attaches to the guitar via 5 screws
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This is the bottom plate.
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This is how the bridge looks on the guitar. You can see an arm comes up that a tremolo bar would attach to (no tremolo bar included with guitar).
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Re: Japanese Tremolo

Postby David King » Mon Mar 20, 2017 3:04 pm

Can it be replaced with a Jaguar style trem unit?
http://www.stewmac.com/Hardware_and_Par ... fgodPAIOnQ

this might give you some hints as to what's missing or how it was supposed to go together. You're definitely missing the bridge and saddles so unless you know exactly who made it and have time to wait for one to pop up on eBay a wholesale replacement is in order. BTW these trems are terrible so if the fellow intends to play it then a hard tail bridge or a real trem might be in order
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Re: Japanese Tremolo

Postby brian gardiner » Tue Mar 21, 2017 12:36 am

Hi David

Thanks for your help.

Actually I do have the bridge and saddles, I had them off when I took the pictures.

That golden age tremolo is very similar, definitely the same style, just the shape of the top plate looks different.
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Re: Japanese Tremolo

Postby David King » Tue Mar 21, 2017 2:35 pm

Fender has lots of exploded view PDF diagrams, I found this one with a casual google search that might be helpful:
http://www.pastranaguitars.com/sites/de ... iagram.jpg
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Re: Japanese Tremolo

Postby brian gardiner » Wed Mar 22, 2017 12:47 am

Your first post, David, was actually very helpful. It gave me some search terms, which got me to an offset tremolo system as a name for this contraption. Once I knew that, the rest came together nicely and I found this:

http://offset.guitars/the-goodies/setti ... lo-system/

That's exactly what i needed.

Thanks again for your help. Got to learn something new this week, that's always a good thing.
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