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SherwoodJim
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 31, 2015 7:12 pm    Post subject: Mixing US and JP Mustang parts question Reply with quote

Can anyone tell me if a '66 USA Mustang trem unit will fit on an MIJ '65 Classic Mustang? Not the bridge piece, just the trem unit.
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 01, 2015 6:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

yes!

i did that and it improves resonnance and tunning stability
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 01, 2015 8:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

And how about a mustang bridge and trem ftom a modern guitar part supplier, does it also improve resonance and tuning stability?
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 01, 2015 8:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Johnny Noir wrote:
yes!

i did that and it improves resonnance and tunning stability


Good to hear. I might give it a shot. I'm not sold on the MIJ trem unit.
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 02, 2015 5:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

i don't know why the vintage trem units are much better. Maybe it's a different steel and the springs are smouther...
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 02, 2015 10:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Most vintage Fender plates are quite a bit thicker than their modern counterparts. When I put a modern Duosonic bridge plate on a vintage body/neck I had to put an aluminium spacer under there to give it the correct height to get a great setup.
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 03, 2015 3:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for the info; everything is useful. If I can find a relatively cheap vintage trem unit I'll give it a go.
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 10, 2015 8:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It worked! I found a '66 Mustang trem unit for $30 on ebay and took a punt. A few hours soaking in vinegar and some autoglym got rid of the rust. The unit fits on perfectly (it is about half a mm more narrow than the reissue plate, but fits around the bridge thimbles and screw holes). And best of all, the trem is stable! No more dipping by a semitone after every time I use the trem.

There are some minor differences to enjoy too. For example, The "Fender etc." stamping is cleaner and looks better. I'll post pics later if I get the chance. Thanks for the help guys Smile
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 11, 2015 5:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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