Headless trem hardware

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  1. arablue

    arablue SS.org Regular

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    Im looking at putting together a headless 6 string and I wanted to know more about the different available bridges. Im less interested in transposing or extreme diving than in having a stable and expressive vibrato so Im leaning towards the Hipshot. Can anyone speak to the feel of that vs something like, say, the JCustom? Does anyone else make a headpiece that accepts regular strings?
     
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    diagrammatiks SS.org Regular

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    Hipshot will be your best and most affordable option if you don’t need multiscale.

    The jousting I think only takes double balls.

    There is coherent light and sound and t4m as well
     
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    ElRay Mostly Harmless

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    Subscribed. We should collect info, reviews, etc. here.
     
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    Winspear Tom Winspear

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    Haven't played it yet but have a T4M and am incredibly happy with the design and build quality.
     
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    KnightBrolaire ERG hoarder/pickup tester

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    T4M and hipshot bridges are super high quality, though I haven't tried their trem versions. I think Mera also makes a trem version of their bridge
     
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    technomancer Gearus Pimptasticus Super Moderator

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    The CSL Sophia trem is looking really interesting, I'm curious to see how it pans out in practice.
     
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    MaxOfMetal Likes trem wankery. Super Moderator

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    I've played the Hipshot, Strandberg and JCustom. Not to mention a bunch of old Steinbergers.

    Honestly, can't say I really liked any of them.

    The Strandberg felt the most like a traditional double-locking fulcrum unit. Just kinda stiff. The Hipshot felt a little awkward with all the mass behind the saddles. I found the JCustom to feel much like the Hipshot, but smoother in motion.

    Quality wise I felt like the Hipshot was the best made.
     
  8. arablue

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    Mera and ABM make headless hardware but I did not see any trem bridges. Seems like Strandberg hardware is still pretty hard to come by
     
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    FitRocker33 My tone is tighter than my hamstrings

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    I have a Kiesel Vader 7 with the hipshot term and its nut hardware allows the use of regular strings. It also seems to be staying in tune quite well for me. I don’t use the bar , but I am pretty heavy handed with my picking hand and it’s held up pretty damn well so far.
     
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    Bump for interest. Anyone speak for CSL, T4M or some of the Euro makers?
     
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    I've been trying to communicate with CSL a bit. The owner was responsive, but all the basic answers of what's in stock, when will it be available, what final cost, when is your new "x" ready to purchase etc is all impossible to get answered. Very frustrating. Totally understand why company's like this struggle and don't grow. The most basic info on a website and some video of your products would be a huge help, but don't exist. Another thing to note is the products have been shown for several years at NAMM and still at this "not ready" phase. This is also a red flag for me.
    With this in mind, I've moved my focus and money towards T4M, so far so good.
     
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    Thats too bad, some of the Baker builds look pretty cool and I think CSL is a regular supplier
     

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