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 Schaller tremolos: how good are they? 
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Post Schaller tremolos: how good are they?
Hello there!

I'd like to know if anyone here has heard of and has an opinion on Schaller tremolos:

http://guitar-tremolo.com/hp12607/Tremo ... 2d4c6X13a8

The guy from the luthier shop I go to said they're more stable and last longer than the OFR and the Gototh bridges. Also, he's got a deal on them, and has all the replacing items for Schaller products, in case I need them. Obviously, he's trying to get me into Schaller because he is a dealer, but I'd really like to know if they're really better than an OFR or a Gotoh.

I'v been thinking about giving my Jackson its final upgrade with a decent tremolo system (one floating bridge guitar is enough for me, so I'd like the floating system to be good).

Also, the current bridge on my Jackson only allows me to do "divebombs", but not to bend the notes up. Can a system that allows me to bend up fit my guitar?

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Tue Jun 22, 2010 12:56 pm
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Post Re: Schaller tremolos: how good are they?
I watched some youtube videos on OFRs and LFRs, and it was buy the guy that did the Floyd vs Kahler comparison.

Basically he says Schaller OFRs are the best you can get and Schaller LFRs can;t be too different. Made in Germany and whatnot.

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Post Re: Schaller tremolos: how good are they?
I have a Schaller and it's awesome.

Schaller and Gotoh are probably the best you can get.



Regarding the bending up: What matters is that the bridge routing is making enough room for the floyd to bend up (bend the notes up, but the bridge is leaning down, into the body, of course).
On the picture of your guitar it looks like bending up should be no problem. What exactly is preventing it from bending up?

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What's the routing like on the body?

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Post Re: Schaller tremolos: how good are they?
there's this part of the floyd that stops on the wood from the body.

I'd say even if the new bridge system does taht same thing, I could chop some wood off.

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Well then it needs some routing I guess.

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Post Re: Schaller tremolos: how good are they?
Sir Robin wrote:
Also, the current bridge on my Jackson only allows me to do "divebombs", but not to bend the notes up. Can a system that allows me to bend up fit my guitar?

For starters, that's a pretty nice looking guitar (Pikachu)!

Is the vibrato you currently have recessed inside the guitar? Or is it sitting above the wood?
The picture is kind of hard to tell, but it looks like it's recessed.

If that's the case, perhaps a good balancing of the string tension & the springs in the back to level the vibrato out might do the trick.
My brother had a guitar with a recessed vibrato, but it was angled back & hitting the wood in standard tuning. The problem is easily correctable, but a little time consuming.

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Post Re: Schaller tremolos: how good are they?
The bridge is "inside" the body. I don't have the guitar here, so I can't take any pics, but basically, there's this part of the bridge that stops if I bend up. I mean, I CAN bend up just a little, but nothing like Steve Vai or Dimebag stuff.

This is a 400 dollar Jackson Dinky, and I've changed its pickups to PAF Pros (considering changing them to Tone Zones) and the mouting rings on the pick ups. I really like this guitar, although it's not top quality, the neck is pretty good and it sounds good with the pickup change. Now, the tremolo gives you no control over what you're doing. the whammy bar is always loose, no matter how much you tighten it, and soft vibratos are also hard to perform because of that.

Unfortunately, Pikachu is no longer on that guitar, but I've managed to put a Charmander sticker where it doesn't fade away, just like the Pikachu did. :?

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Post Re: Schaller tremolos: how good are they?
We need better pictures. Side on would help, close ups too.

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