Currently Being ModeratedNov 24, 2012 4:14 AM (in response to harmaes)Re: New tremolo or replacement block for Variax 700
well i didnt have the tremelo in my 300 but i did put the graph tech pickups in. i found the response to be better.
wheni transplanted it for the second time i added aftermarket tremelo with a steel block. i didnt really find much difference in the sustain from the hard tail bridge.. if thats what your asking about..
Currently Being ModeratedNov 24, 2012 4:27 AM (in response to amx05462)Re: New tremolo or replacement block for Variax 700
The fact that a hard tail bridge and a floating trem with a steel block have comparable amount of sustain is a good thing IMO.
Normally a hard tail will have more sustain.
I'm focusing on improving the signal with normal pickups. What after market tremolo with steel block (and piezo's?) did you put it? And what will fit a 700?
Currently Being ModeratedNov 25, 2012 5:30 AM (in response to harmaes)Re: New tremolo or replacement block for Variax 700
i dont remember the name of it .it was inexpensive . any one that will fit a strat with the same pivot pin spacing will work.
in this case i chose the six screw old style mount as i thought i would work better in my situation..
you can probably see that this was a much more involved project
as i remember when buying the graphtech pickups i had to get the ones for import strat rather than us made strat. so id guess that if your gonna replace the whole trem you would have to go the same route. also the same if your just going to by the block. i had a few blocks form ones that i had changed and some matched up to the hole pattern and others did not .
ive also seen brass blocks on the market but not sure if the steel or the brass would ring more
my other thoughts on this the tremelo plate shouldnt be touching the body in any way directly. it has to properly float or you loose sustain.. also the pcb board being taped to the trem block as line 6 chose to do helps to deaden vibration..
honestly if i wanted more sustain.. rather than go through all the block changing and or trem changing having done it before. i think id opt for a pedal.. much easier way out of this ..
Currently Being ModeratedNov 25, 2012 5:37 AM (in response to amx05462)Re: New tremolo or replacement block for Variax 700
Thanks a lot for your detailed reply.
I've decided to sell the Variax 700. I have other guitars with normal pickups I favor over the 700 so I don't use it anymore. It's a shame to let it stand unused.
Currently Being ModeratedNov 25, 2012 5:51 AM (in response to harmaes)Re: New tremolo or replacement block for Variax 700
honestly it seems there more trouble than there worth in the long run. seems alot of people have alot of problems with them