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    Changing Tremolo on a 1995 Silhouette?

    Hey Guys,

    Iam wondering if its possible to change the old Tremolo on an 1995 Silhouette Special to the recent one?
    With that comes the second question, which is more or less directed at Big Poppa: Can I order a new Tremolo in exchange for the old one? Here in Germany Iam not able to order a Musicman Tremolo without sending the old one in. Any solution to that?

    Best Regards
    Florian

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    Do you have any pictures of the tremolo on the guitar? Is it the same as the current units?
    2007 Stingray 5 HS Cherry Burst / Maple FB / 3 Band EQ / Ceramic Pickups
    2012 Stingray 5 H Pearl Blue / Rosewood FB / 3 Band EQ/ AlNiCo Pickup
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    Its like this: https://pbs.twimg.com/media/EWYkV3xV...g&name=900x900

    Iam aware, that there might be body work involved for the change.
    Its not the same as the current ones, thats the reason I want to change it.
    Last edited by Florian.k; 06-04-2020 at 07:10 AM.

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    That's a Wilkinson Tremolo. They are still made by GOTOH.

    Are you having issues with the tremolo because it is worn out, or were you looking for something new? There are a bunch of tremolos that should be a drop in replacement.
    2007 Stingray 5 HS Cherry Burst / Maple FB / 3 Band EQ / Ceramic Pickups
    2012 Stingray 5 H Pearl Blue / Rosewood FB / 3 Band EQ/ AlNiCo Pickup
    2012 Steve Morse Morse Blueburst / Rosewood FB
    2012 Luke III SSH Vintage Sunburst / Rosewood Neck

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    You can't buy the MM trem, and I don't believe they will trade for the older one. (Plus, it's a fair amount of work to move to a 2-post trem.)

    If you really want something newer to the current one, you're probably best to sell yours and find a more recent guitar.

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    Quote Originally Posted by beej View Post
    You can't buy the MM trem, and I don't believe they will trade for the older one. (Plus, it's a fair amount of work to move to a 2-post trem.)

    If you really want something newer to the current one, you're probably best to sell yours and find a more recent guitar.
    Quoted for emphasis. Moving from a 6 screw to a 2 post tremolo is a major undertaking, and will both cost a significant amount AND devalue the guitar you have.
    2007 Stingray 5 HS Cherry Burst / Maple FB / 3 Band EQ / Ceramic Pickups
    2012 Stingray 5 H Pearl Blue / Rosewood FB / 3 Band EQ/ AlNiCo Pickup
    2012 Steve Morse Morse Blueburst / Rosewood FB
    2012 Luke III SSH Vintage Sunburst / Rosewood Neck

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    Quote Originally Posted by Florian.k View Post
    Hey Guys,

    Iam wondering if its possible to change the old Tremolo on an 1995 Silhouette Special to the recent one?
    With that comes the second question, which is more or less directed at Big Poppa: Can I order a new Tremolo in exchange for the old one? Here in Germany Iam not able to order a Musicman Tremolo without sending the old one in. Any solution to that?

    Best Regards
    Florian
    Email customer services. They will want the old trem returning, but you never know your luck.
    As an alternative have a look at the Floyd Rose Rail Tail
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    As the other members point out it’s a bit of an undertaking to move to a two post and will probably devalue it. But it can be done - and you can learn to do it yourself (I did but my friend is luthier so I had a good teacher) but you gotta weigh the risks. That’s why I suggested the Rail Tail, it’s an easier swap over.
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