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Question tremolo gotoh

Discussion in 'Stratocaster Discussion Forum' started by Blaoskaak, Jan 27, 2021.

  1. Blaoskaak

    Blaoskaak TDPRI Member

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    Hi,

    I got my gotoh tremolo today, but i have a question about the trem. I think there is not much room for the tremolo in the cavity.

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    Also the roundings are diffrent. I have 1mm room on each side of the tremolo block left.

    How much room does it need? And should i make the cavity bigger?

    Thanks.

    Edit: i got the gotoh ge101t. String spacing is 11.3mm. Is this normal for a strat?
     
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    Blaoskaak TDPRI Member

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    This is the room i have left. It is alot less because of the radius on the side from the tremolo block and the radius on the cavity is diffrent.

    The length from the block cavity is 1/2 inch. On my squier strat it is 1.18inch

    The overall length from block + spring cavity is 4.92inch. This is also on my squier.

    I measure from nut to center screwholes 25.5inch. Shouldn't this be to saddles?
     
  3. Peegoo

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    The clearance you need depends on how you plan on using the vibrato.

    For a 25.5" scale length, that measurement should be from the face of the nut to the top of the high E string's saddle with its intonation screw out almost all the way.

    This problem you're having is common when assembling a guitar using parts from different suppliers. There are always poorly-fit parts and things that need to be modified, e.g., screw holes in the wrong places, etc., for the guitar to operate properly.
     
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    Thanks for the reply. I re-measured it and the scales is correct. 25.5 from nut to high e saddle.

    How much room should the block have on each side?
     
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    Enough room to swing on the pivots without contacting the wood. It can be as small as 1 mm. This guarantees smooth vibrato action when leaning on the bar. Anything extra gains you nothing.
     
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    Great! My questions are answered. Thanks !
     
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