#1
Hi everyone. So I've had this guitar for about 8 years now and I'm having big problems with the tremolo. It's muting the strings, it's rusty and the guitar really has no sustain anymore. I've been thinking about replacing it but can't find a replacement anywhere, I talked to Yamaha and they said they don't make them anymore. What are my options here? My guitar tec said that he could drill some holes and try putting in a Floyd Rose but I'm not really sure if it would work.
Any recommendations on what to do here?

Thanks

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#2
That's a very bizarre design of Floyd bridge, it does not surprise me at all that Yamaha would stop making it and no simple bridge replacements are available.

Just block the Floyd if you don't want to spend any money. But if you want a working Floyd, then it looks like doing structural modifications to retrofit an entirely new bridge would be the only option.
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#3
That is a unique trem for sure, I like the idea of the lever string locks. If the tech is competant then putting a replacement trem will work how much alteration/routing will be necessary may drive the cost up to the point that it is not worth the investment. Just buying an OFR itself is going to cost $200 or more.

More expensive but less modification required you may want to look into a Kahler system they are quite nice a different feel than Floyd but a good system none the less.
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Evilnine How about a 2 point strat tremolo or something like that? Could that work? I've googled some WILKINSON 2 point trems, the mounting screws are placed quite similar to the yamaha..
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Evilnine How about a 2 point strat tremolo or something like that? Could that work?


Possibly depending on the distance between the studs, that may be a good option even if the studs have to be moved, not the best cosmetic option as the original stud hole should really be filled with a dowel and some glue but if the tech does a clean job it wouldn't look too bad the trem should may partially cover it.

Has your tech checked to dee if the studs are spaced differenly from a Floyd?, if not you could get the schematic from the FR website and measure it yourself.
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Evilnine How about a 2 point strat tremolo or something like that? Could that work? I've googled some WILKINSON 2 point trems, the mounting screws are placed quite similar to the yamaha..


the problem is the locking nut

it might not be worth the cost... might be cheaper to just buy another guitar...
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the problem is the locking nut

it might not be worth the cost... might be cheaper to just buy another guitar...



Damn, you're right. Totally forgot about that
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haha no worries, i forget about stuff all the time
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the problem is the locking nut

it might not be worth the cost... might be cheaper to just buy another guitar...


Ok, so basically I'm looking for a locking tremolo with a 2 7/32 inch (56,8cm) screw spread. So far the closest thing I was able to find was a Kahler 2520 and 2700 but even those have a 2 3/16 spacing
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i think the gotoh has one of the knife edges flat so the spacing of the studs isn't so critical. if that's what you mean by screw spread.

http://g-gotoh.com/international/product/ge1996t.html

there are diagrams there to check the other measurements
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