Hipshot contour 7 tremelos

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  1. penguin_316

    penguin_316 SS.org Regular

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    has anyone tried the hip shot countour trems? If so, how did you feel they functioned as well as held tuning? I’m looking for a term similar to even petrucci models but don’t want another JP.
     
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    WintermintP Lead/Rhythm Guitar, One Minute Winter

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    Yes, I'm wondering about this as well, because I, too, plan to switch to the Hipshot trem.

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    MaxOfMetal Likes trem wankery. Super Moderator

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    It's a pretty simple unit, well made.

    Tuning stability doesn't come from the trem itself, especially on a unit like this. Stability is going to come from the setup, and how well the nut is cut.

    It also depends on how it's installed and what kind of effects you want out of it.
     
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    ^^ You need a well lubricated nut/studs and a proper setup to get the most out of it. But it does as much as any non-locking floating trem, I didn't like the feel of it when in use on my 060 SSS. It feels like a vintage trem in terms of actual smoothness and movement, even with a longer stock bar.

    The Gotoh 510 is my favorite compromise between every one of these style trems I've tried, the JP trem is solid too.
     
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    MaxOfMetal Likes trem wankery. Super Moderator

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    Yeah, it's so compact that you don't get as much leverage, so it can feel a little stiff in some setups. This is amplified if it's a strict dive-only setup and is decked on the top with a lot of spring tension.

    But, it's slim pickings as far as quality 7-string non-locking trems.
     
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    It’s fine. I’m too thickheaded to notice differences between leverage between different trems. It’s well made and functions fine as long as the nut is well cut.
     
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    I have one and use it pretty heavily like I would a Floyd. Don't have any issues with it and it sounds good, comfortable under the hand. I like that the bar socket is adjustable so you can get it as tight as you want it and it'll stay that way. Definitely wish all trems had that function.

    It's been on my main guitar since about 2011 or something and no signs of wear on the finish or the knife edges.

    Possibly a bit on the expensive side, then again I'm in the EU.
     
  8. penguin_316

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    These all sound good, I was actually going to get a headless Kiesel zues model. Thinking of going 25.5” with the hipshot trem. I’ve wanted to build myself a guitar in the past with the contour trem as well, but I just don’t have the time anymore. I figured it was pretty good, just wanted real world opinions. Thanks guys...
     
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    cardinal Strat 7 Guy

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    Cool man. I’m starting to think about getting a Kiesel 8 with the Hipshot because it’s in some ways the cheapest/easiest way into a well-made 8-string tremolo.

    Let us know how it goes!
     

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