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Post by mh3000 on Thu Jun 07, 2012 11:44 pm

[img][/img]Help!  I'm trying to locate a trem bar for this Bendmaster tremolo.  I'd heard the correct arm was a 6mm threaded bar so I bought one from Stewmac but it didn't fit into the pentagonal nut-type thing that sits on top of the bridge!  Does anyone have one for sale or know where I can buy one?  Many thanks in advance. 

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Re: Wanted: Tremolo Bar

Post by corsair on Fri Jun 08, 2012 2:52 am

The bar threads into the sustain block, not the collar; it just goes through that and into the thread in the block.

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Re: Wanted: Tremolo Bar

Post by mh3000 on Fri Jun 08, 2012 11:12 am

Hi Corsair, thank you for the info. Do you know where I might be able to find a bar to fit? I was very surprised to see the 6mm threaded bar I bought from Stewmac not fit in to the hole! I'm guessing the correct bar for the trem is smaller in diameter than most. Anyhow, any advice you might have on how I can locate a bar would be fantastic. Thank you!

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Re: Wanted: Tremolo Bar

Post by corsair on Fri Jun 08, 2012 4:32 pm

Is the 6mm bar too big or too small? If it's too big then perhaps a 5mm bar would do, but I have to say that I'm really surprised that a 6mm one doesn't fit!!

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Re: Wanted: Tremolo Bar

Post by mh3000 on Fri Jun 08, 2012 5:36 pm

The 6mm bar is too big. I bought a 5mm screw from a hardware store that I'm going to try tonight. If it fits in snug, I'll buy a 5mm bar and try it. I think the 5mm bars are commonly sold as "10-32" US Strat bars, correct?

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Re: Wanted: Tremolo Bar

Post by Iceman on Fri Jun 08, 2012 7:27 pm

It will be a 5mm thread you will need. I am 99&44/100% certain of it. A 10-32 will not properly thread into that collar and you will end up possibly damaging it. If nothing else take your guitar down to your local hardware shop and check it out in the bulk bins first.

At least you now have a wang for your Bendmaster Deluxe.... when you get that.

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Post by Westbone on Sat Jun 09, 2012 10:37 am

Every bar I've ever come across for those bridges has been 6mm.

Could be a one off, shouldn't think so though.

Sure there's not a broken one deep down inside??

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Re: Wanted: Tremolo Bar

Post by Iceman on Sat Jun 09, 2012 11:57 am


Westbone wrote:Every bar I've ever come across for those bridges has been 6mm.

Could be a one off, shouldn't think so though.

Sure there's not a broken one deep down inside??

Good point Damian, I'd not considered that.

All of my BMD's are 6mm but the FR copy on the Spectrum DLX is a 5mm which is why I was thinking the FT would be also.

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Re: Wanted: Tremolo Bar

Post by mh3000 on Sat Jun 09, 2012 1:45 pm

Update - upon closer inspection, there are no threads inside! Could this be a push-in bar??

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Re: Wanted: Tremolo Bar

Post by midhilis on Sat Jun 09, 2012 3:46 pm

No. I'm not aware of any Westone that had a push in trem arm. The Bendmaster FT used a 6mm screw in bar, if it won't go in, then either someone has replaced the collar with one that's too small (Try removing the collar and screwing the 6mm arm in without it) or the collar has been removed and the small nylon sleeve that fits under it has turned sideways stopping the arm going in, or the threads are stripped in the sustain block (The thread for the arm is in the block, the collar doesn't have internal threading)

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Post by mh3000 on Sat Jun 09, 2012 4:08 pm

I probably should have mentioned this from the start, but the trem is not from a westone, it's from a BC Rich. Sorry about that; it probably would have given you more context. That said, there are no threads in it anywhere, from the collar all the way down through the block.

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Re: Wanted: Tremolo Bar

Post by Westbone on Sat Jun 09, 2012 4:59 pm

Well that explains a lot. Rolling Eyes Duh!!

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Re: Wanted: Tremolo Bar

Post by mh3000 on Sat Jun 09, 2012 5:19 pm

I hear you but it's still a Bendmaster or something very closely related. I"ll try and send a pic. Took me awhile to figure out, that's what landed me here.

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Re: Wanted: Tremolo Bar

Post by mh3000 on Sat Jun 09, 2012 6:10 pm

Here we go. There is

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Re: Wanted: Tremolo Bar

Post by corsair on Sat Jun 09, 2012 9:53 pm

Then it'll just be a push-in FR bar...

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