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FDP Forum / Fender Guitars: Stratocasters / 6/12 in Trem arm for MiM strat

jay1vinton

Hawaii, USA

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Mar 31st, 2017 03:50 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Does anyone know of a firm that sells a longer trem arm in the proper threading for a MiM strat?? I have the standard and after a great set up, the bridge sits at the proper recommended height 1/8 in.

This makes tuning stability great, but does reduce the shimmer a bit. A longer arm would make a better fulcrum and I cannot find one for that guitar that isn't 5/12 inches long...

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Apr 1st, 2017 06:02 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Don't know anyone that sells a production bar that's extra long.

A simple and cheap option is to get a short section of brass tubing that snugly fits over the end of the bar (remove the plastic tip).

Epoxy that onto the bar, cut to final length. Epoxy a small plug into open end of the tube and round it over to remove any sharp corners. Done!

Hammond101
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Apr 3rd, 2017 04:59 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

When I built my Gilmour Strat almost two years ago I found these guys linked below. I think they could build a Vibrato arm in any length you wish. Drop them an email.

I made my own shorty arm for my Gilmour but bought their bracket for the toggle switch. Nice piece. Worth the $$ to get it right.

Custom Strat Arms

jay1vinton

Hawaii, USA

Perfect is the enemy of good enough
May 25th, 2017 02:57 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Thanks guys, just ordered the 6 in in 5mm threading with parchment tip. Easy peasy!!!



jay1vinton

Hawaii, USA

Perfect is the enemy of good enough
May 31st, 2017 07:31 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Very strange. My MiA Strat has a noticeably longer trem arm at 6 1/2 inches measured. They sent me a 6 inch which is longer than the standard MiM, but still not as long as the MiA. I wonder when they changed it to shorter as stock, at least it was longer in 95.

It did the trick though. Just a bit longer with a better fulcrum increased the warble with out letting out springs or futzing up the set up I had done when he put on the bone nut. It's ok, I'm happy.

HeavyDuty
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Northeast IL

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Jun 1st, 2017 06:56 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Hammond101, that's a cool site I've never seen before - thank you! I have a black and maple Strat that I've set up with similar cosmetics to the Black Strat, and their pickguard and switch kit is very tempting - I love the single ply look with rounded edges, and the additional switching is fascinating.

Hammond101
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So. Cal. USA

Jun 1st, 2017 09:25 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

HD, I've always like that look too. Mine looks like this below and started as a MIM FSR black/maple. It was the perfect guitar for the project with a tinted neck and vintage style headstock decal.

There are a couple more pics in my profile as well. I love playing this guitar.

That is a cool shop and their pieces are excellent. That bracket/switch set up is just a masterpiece. I was going to go with a push pull pot but decided I wanted the "real" look of the artist model. A was still under a grand for the build pickups, pickguard, bracket, switch and all.

David

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Jun 1st, 2017 12:28 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

That's really sweet! I put a BWB on mine only because it was in the parts drawer, I should look for a single ply. I don't think I'll be doing to with parts from the above shop, though - I can live without the additional switching.

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Jun 1st, 2017 01:47 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

All that switch does is allow you to connect the bridge PU to the neck PU. This way you can get a Tele-esq tone in position 1 or 5 of the strat switch. In the 2 & 4 you can get all 3 PUs.

A push pull pot is the easy and cheap way to do it.

I found an ebay seller who had the genuine Fender single ply Gilmour pickguard. Came in a fender bag with part number and all. I should have saved that part number. I believe Fender stopped selling them for obvious reasons.

There is an ebay seller with complete loaded PGs but he just drills a hole for the toggle. Kinda yucky.

(This message was last edited by Hammond101 at 11:34 AM, Jun 2nd, 2017)

HeavyDuty
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Jun 7th, 2017 08:35 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

This thread inspired me to pick up single ply black pickguards not only for my black and maple Strat, but also for my 3TSB and maple Tele. Just mounted them up this morning.

I like!

jay1vinton

Hawaii, USA

Perfect is the enemy of good enough
Jun 16th, 2017 06:27 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

The stainless steel arm is great. It's not chromed which I like, and not overly shiny like a standard Fender or after MKT that will sometimes shed it's plating. The parchment matches perfectly to the now aging a bit guitar. For 8 bucks, it was a great buy, arrived in Hawaii within 3 days and threaded perfectly. I will use these guys again for a loaded pickguard I intend for my 32 yr. old Kramer Classic I inherited with "questionable" mods done by the former owner. I want to return it to original.

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