Stetsbar Tremolo Systems
Despite the seemingly endless choices available for changing out pickups, pickguards
and other extraneous guitar bits, finding
replacement trem systems sitting in the
case at the local guitar shop tends to be a
rarity. And in the unlikely event that a shop
does have them in stock, they’re generally
inscribed with names like Wilkinson, Bigsby
no additional drilling or routing of the guitar and uses a minimal amount of parts to
ensure a long life with a minimum of fuss.
The Stetsbar Tremolo system was originally
designed to fit stoptail, LP-style guitars with-
Stetsbar systems are available in a variety
of finishes to ensure a perfect match to
the guitar’s existing hardware and various
base plates to fit nearly any guitar. To find
the right model for your guitar, point your
browser to stetsbar.com.
Another name that needs consideration
when it’s time to add some wiggle to your
six-string is Stetsbar. Although they haven’t
been in the game as long as the more recognizable names, Stetsbar offers easy installation in addition to all-important tuning
stability, while managing to throw in a few
new tricks in the process.
The Stetsbar is a floating system, allowing
the bar to be pulled up. When the tremolo
arm is raised and lowered the Tune-O-Matic
floating bridge moves with the strings, minimizing both string fatigue and bridge wear.
The bridge plate is attached to the string
anchor block, moving over a pair of roller
bearings installed in the base plate. This
method helps to eliminate friction, requires
out modification. In the decade since the
system’s invention, Stetsbar has broadened
their scope, adding models suitable for
Teles, hardtail Strats, Firebirds and Flying Vs.
Most recently, they’ve introduced the OEM
model, designed for a seamless fit when
building a new guitar.
Check out this article on
premierguitar.com to hear
the Stetsbar tremolo in action!
Sound samples courtesy of
“Guitar Frank” Trowbridge
dIEsR.inGdUdIT A1R FEBRUARY 2008