Duesenberg Tremola Tremolo Install Question

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  1. kylebrenn

    kylebrenn TDPRI Member

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    Probably a really dumb question, but I’m kinda a dumb guy with some of these things, so here it goes.
    The Duesenberg Tremola I just bought has a few small felt pads on the back of it. Am I supposed to leave those on or take those off to install it on my Partscaster?

    Thanks for the help in advance!
     
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    I would assume the pads are there to keep the tremelo from marring the guitars finish at contact points, no?
     
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    Bigsbys have those, as well. I always assumed it's for the reason @brookdalebill mentioned, but it's a little odd given that the trem is screwed into the guitar; you'd care about marring the finish (presumably in case you ever want to remove the trem), but not about some huge screw-holes? Although not every type of Bigsby screws into the guitar, and I have no idea how the Duesenberg works.

    Anyway, I took the felt pads off of my Bigsby, partially due to some (quite possibly woo-woo) notion of "greater contact", but also because it went on a ratty old Squier body and I'm committed.
     
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    Exactly my thought. The Duesenberg Tremola screws straight into the guitar body, so yeah, same thing with the screw holes. I think they do make a “plate” like the Vibramate to keep from needing to screw into the guitar body, but the only one I can find uses a 3 screw bridge and my body has 4 so it wouldn’t work.
     
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    But does that matter if it’s putting screw holes in it anyway?
     
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    The devices sometims move/shift, resulting in marring of the finish.
    I can think of no other reason for the felt pads.
    I agree a Vibramate type of mounting platform would be better..
     
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    This is something I hadn't considered. So concerns about finish-marring are relevant even if you have no intention of removing the unit.
     
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