June 23rd, 2012, 01:23 PM
I sold a few pedals that I'm not using anymore and couldn't decide which one to buy next. The truth is I am pretty happy with my tone but noticed my bridge was starting to rust and the trem movement was not as smooth as before.
Long story short, I installed a used Callaham bridge in my MIM Strat and what a difference it made. Definitely worth the money. Maybe I could have gotten the same result with a cheaper option, but I'm happy. And I love the shorter trem arm.
Original MIM components
New Callaham bridge
June 28th, 2012, 11:17 PM
Congrats on your new bridge.
Folks that haven't personally seen or used a Callaham bridge really have no idea how well made they are. Some think they are too much $$, but I have two and believe that they are the best and smoothest bridge i have ever used.
I am able to set them up to stay in tune with trem use, unlike some of the Fender bridges I have used.
I'm a lefty but put right-handed bridges on my lefty Strats cause I like the bar sitting' on top. i also like the shorter '64 term arm and even shorter Gilmour arm.
I also like the fact that he makes a Vintage narrow bridge that uses the vintage mounting screw spacing but uses the narrower string spacing - keeps the E strings away from the edge of the neck.
I am very happy with my callaham trems and hope you are too.
June 29th, 2012, 10:36 AM
I use callaham too! Good stuff. Nickel wears with age just like a real old school bridge too!
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July 1st, 2012, 03:13 PM
Ok, it's been about a week since I installed the new bridge and I am still happy. Better sustain and I love the feel of the trem movement. So clean and the arm fits nicely in my hand. Gear porn pics follow.
July 1st, 2012, 04:51 PM
I spent some money on a Callaham block, couldn't tell the difference between it and the 1/3rd the price GFS block. There is improvement with both though. I wouldn't mind trying out a new bridge plate and saddles.
July 1st, 2012, 05:39 PM
Ya I can't comment on the GFS stuff but I do know that the fat steel block is a definite improvement for me.
July 1st, 2012, 10:54 PM
I'm going to try a brass block on my next strat. I'll try to record some before n after clips as well.
July 2nd, 2012, 11:33 AM
Folks that haven't personally seen or used a Callaham bridge really have no idea how well made they are.
Really high precision machining, good quality metals.
If nothing else, you can relax and not worry about wearing out or breaking the bridge in normal use, and string breakage is a non issue as well.