I was just shocked to know how smooth and stable the tremolo system was.....cannot say enough about Hipshot. Had never experienced such a steady and smooth bridge before.
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I always used Hipshot Hardware for my guitars, even before i joined Hipshot family in 2015.
I truly believe that this is one of the best products Hipshot ever made and absolutely the best tremolo bridge i ever used in my life.
It's really accurate and smooth: you can easily use your tremolo arm to add expression and make MUSIC. This is REALLY important, because a tremolo can be really the "secret weapon" of a guitar player!
Built like a tank and easy to setup, and last but not least it's really good looking!
Thanks Hipshot for giving us not only a bridge, but a musical instrument.
I bought a gold Contour as a replacement for my Carvin CT6 in 2009. Absolutely the smoothest tremolo bridge I have ever used. After 6 years, the bearings have no wear, still returns to pitch flawlessly. The tremolo arm tension is solid and I have only had to adjust it once for initial setup with daily insertion and removal. The gold plating is substantial and has only worn through slightly on the bass side of the outer edge tray and low E saddle. This bridge can also perform "flutters" similar to a locking tremolo.
I've been useing Hipshot products no for so long i can't even remember when i started.
They are GREAT! HIpshot makes some of the BEST quality hardware you can find for guitar. AND they do it at a price you can afford.
Thank you Hipshot for making such excellent sounding and performing products and Keep it up!
I can definetely assure that this trem gave my 2006 Fender American Series Stratocaster a huge upgrade sustain- and tonewise. I can quote above comment from Konstantinos that this is probably the best upgrade you can do to an American Fender Strat. The sustain is longer and tone is more clear, open and full sounding. Also, the strings feel better under the fingers, in the same way more expensive guitars feel. Easier to bend and at the same time the strings have much more energy. It sings now! I have tried so many thing to this 2006 Strat, like stripping the finish to allow the wood to breathe and sustain more, changing to a metal pickguard, decking the trem, outting in five trem springs... the major difference was the trem! I am so thankful for this product.
I have the gold version with the brass saddles. The block is about the same size as the original block, but the material is much better. This combined with the brass saddles just smokes the original trem!
After years of experimenting with this guitar as a scientific control unit, the major difference in tone comes from the trem (given as long as other parts ar quality parts). Man, i wish i knew this years ago! I would have saved me so much time, money and energy.
/ Ludvig, Sweden
The tremolo is softer and more keeps the pitch, is also the most responsive to the lever, has a classic look mortal.
Mindblowing construction that simply puts others to shame, coupled with beautiful functionality.
A few comments after the bridge has been installed on the guitar. First of all, it looks incredibly classy (although I'd really like to have a white knob on my arm to match the rest of the plastics on my Strat - do you happen to sell replacement arms?). Now, let's talk performance. I don't know how or why, but it gave me at least 50% more sustain than I ever had. Even acoustically, the guitar (a 1992 American Standard Stratocaster) seems to ring louder and longer, with a more even tone. Plugged in, it's exactly the same story. Regarding its feel now, compared to a Wilkinson VS100 my technician had installed on an identical Strat, your unit's geometry seems to require a bit more arm travel in order to divebomb; personally, I like that, because it gives me more control for arm-aided vibrato. Its tuning stability is excellent. Tonally, the Wilkinson was blown out of the water (it sounded shrill in comparison to the Hipshot) and the Fender American Standard trem was put to shame for being nothing but a tinny-sounding, cheap piece of trash that does nothing to keep the guitar in tune. I know I'm certainly going to recommend your unit to any other Strat owner that wishes to upgrade to a proper vibrato.
If Pat Wilkins of Wilkins guitars uses a certain product, you can be assured it's the best.