I recently modified my AX40 and posted some photos in the Sterling Owners thread and Brian Martin VP at Praxis Musical suggested I start a thread detailing the modifications I've made for other owners who may want to try the same with their guitars. So here we go!
First off I want to say that I was really trying to do this on the cheap so most of the parts came from sellers on Ebay. I've tried my best to provide part numbers and web sites where I purchased my parts.
- Gotoh like Saddles- from doner tremolo, (I purchased mine from a private seller on ebay for $20. It caught my eye because it looks similar to the Peavey licensed Floyd Rose but it's not exactly like the Peavey. I had to search high and low to find this tremolo online but it is more expensive. $76.95) NEW!! Heavy Duty Dual Locking Floyd Rose Trem- BRASS&STEEL! Please note that before you buy this tremolo it will not fit on the Sterling without changing the sustain block . The block mine had on it was too short. It also did not pivot as smoothly on the Sterling pivot studs. This led me to rebuild the Sterling using the saddles off this tremolo. I would not have paid that much just for the saddles. As I stated earlier I found my tremolo on ebay for $20. It's up to you how much you want to spend for parts.
- Brass Sustain block $18 -ebay
- Floyd Rose Fine Tuner Tension Plate $10 (optional, the Sterling plate is practically identical to the Floyd)-ebay
- Floyd Rose Tremolo Arm Assembly $15 - ebay
- EVH D-Tuna $39.95 EVH Eddie Van Halen D-Tuna Drop D Tuning System at AMS
DISCLAIMER: Do not attempt if you are not comfortable or experienced in guitar repair/modification! I am not responsible if you damage your equipment due to lack of experience. Consult a qualified guitar tech if you are not comfortable with performing guitar repair/modification yourself.
Ok so I didn't want to take my guitar apart again to document what I did to change it so I'm using my doner tremolo in place of the Sterling tremolo to demonstrate what parts I replaced and the assembly.
First I removed the tremolo from the guitar and then removed all the hardware of the tremolo down to just the base plate.
Next I began to reassemble the tremolo with the replacement parts starting with the fine tuner tension plate and spacer
I then fastened the sustain block with the three screws from the original block. (Note the Sterling screws are allen head not Phillips head as shown on the doner block.
I then positioned the saddles and put the string lock screws back in place then secured the saddles.
Next I installed the Tremolo assembly by placing the tremolo arm barrel on the top side then securing it from the bottom side with the spacer, washer and allen screw.
And Voila! You're ready to reinstall the tremolo bridge back into you guitar!
Finished product! (after set-up and intonation adjustment)
My apologies for the long thread. I hope it was helpful. I'll cover the pickup switch in the next part of this thread.