Callaham ABR-1 replacement

Discussion in 'The Custom Shop' started by Kølabrennern, May 31, 2009.

  1. Kølabrennern

    Kølabrennern Senior Member

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    Just thought I'd post this:

    Callaham Vintage Guitars and Parts (Home)

    This looks interesting. Seems like you get the "whole package" with long stainless steel posts and everything. Shame about the retainer wire on the bridge perhaps, but I will consider giving their product a try if I stumble upon the cash to buy it.
     
  2. gibiphone

    gibiphone Senior Member

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    Good find Kola.
     
  3. nicolasrivera

    nicolasrivera Senior Member

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    Callaham products are known for top quality and TONE, so this will only change the tone of our damped LP's for the better.

    But why didnt any body say something about zinc in 1959? I knew that jimmy's tone sounded a little damped.:)
     
  4. Tonedef5959

    Tonedef5959 Junior Member

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    i own a block and bridge set for my Strat..... Its the biggest change you can make and well worth it. with original and Calaham in each hand, you can definitely feel the difference. good stuff they make...........lol. wonder what took so long
     
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    WoodyTone Senior Member

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    Very interesting. I need some coin!
     
  6. nicolasrivera

    nicolasrivera Senior Member

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    I predict that this will be the hottest selling bridge in a few weeks, tone will become more important then staying true original to ZINC.

    i know i want one ASAP.
     
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    stuagu Senior Member

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    oh no... another one to try! oh why dont they stop then i would!
     
  8. Ole'Lefty

    Ole'Lefty Premium Member

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    I tried to put down a deposit and get in line- got a nice generic email declining and saying it will be a stock item-we'll see how long it takes to get to us groundlings.Ole'Lefty
     
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    bfcg Senior Member

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    Why not platnum?
    I'll wait for the solid platnum, thank you very much.
     
  10. Mars Hall

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    Looking into this one "big time". It's a toss up between this and the Pigtail.:cool:
     
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    Murphy Slaw Senior Member

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    I'm confused. Is the whole thing stainless? Saddles, ect.

    Explain.....
     
  12. Peripeteticqs

    Peripeteticqs Member

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    All I know is that I put a set of their saddles and a trem block on my strat and the improvement was as dramatic as changing the cheapo pickups to Seymour Duncans. Very resonant and chimey sound, plugged in or not. Great sustain improvement. Kinda makes me wonder if they would offer a different stop piece. Could get heavy fast.
     
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    jack briggs Senior Member

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    Not stainless, but mild steel with brass saddles. The posts and thumbwheels are stainless.



    Cheers,
     
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    jack;
    i love the aesthetics of that headstock in your avatar.
    looks like some great guitars you're makin' there.

    r
     
  15. ossie

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    Thems some nice steel skweezins
     
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    redlir Senior Member

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    Just ordered one to replace my tonepros with graphite saddles. I had the faber studs, but I hadn't installed them yet. The conversion studs on these look a lot longer and are push in, instead of screw in... no need to tap now!
     
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    r9in09 Senior Member

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    This mod made a very nice contribution to sustain and tone on my R8.

    ...and it locks.
     
  18. dspelman

    dspelman Senior Member

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    Actually, the Japanese manufacturers were aware of this and began making non-damping bridges and tailpieces in the mid 70's. Anyone who's hopped off the Gibson train in the past and tried out the old ibanez Artists or Yamaha SG 2000's has found increased sustain and tone in those instruments. I don't think anyone's tried stainless, though.
     
  19. Ole'Lefty

    Ole'Lefty Premium Member

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    Only the body is billet steel. Saddles are plated brass.O'L(Callaham is a premium quality manufacturer-satisfied user.)
     
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    I didn't even realize it was locking... I don't think it mentions that on the site, unless I missed it? :hmm:
     

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