An unusual modification.

speelyei

Squier-holic
Sep 22, 2020
1,210
North America
This was a modification I saw on a Facebook group, done by a fellow named Ivanov. He claimed it reduced weight, smoothed the action, and increased the amount of after-bridge resonance and harmonics.

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I was skeptical, but had a Squier vibrato unit laying around. Since they have no re-sale value, I thought I would try it, just to see if there was any merit to his claims.

To my surprise, the change was noticeable. The chime and jangle was increased.

Since I always file the sharp edge off the pivot point and grease the pivot and spring, I can’t say whether or not this made the unit smoother to operate. I don’t see how it could.
If this shaved a gram or two off the weight, I am unable to tell.
 

speelyei

Squier-holic
Sep 22, 2020
1,210
North America
Not in any convenient format to upload here. I did record with my phone before and after, but I didn’t play the exact same thing in the exact same way, and I didn’t put the phone in the same position. Subsequently, the sound clips are inconclusive.

First-hand experience, the change was subtle but distinct. I wouldn’t take apart a functioning instrument to do this, but since I had the parts and the means to do it, it was fun enough.
 

speelyei

Squier-holic
Sep 22, 2020
1,210
North America
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I know that a lot of people absolutely love the vintage style tuners, but I am sold on these hipshot locking tuners. I don’t use the included mounting plates, I just re-drill to fit the new screws.
New strings, used the Ernie Ball Power Slinky, 11-48’s. I have always liked Ernie Ball strings, but I really like these!
 

speelyei

Squier-holic
Sep 22, 2020
1,210
North America
More nonsense:
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This just lets you flip the collet from one side of the unit to the other, just giving you a little more ergonomic option.

It was an important step, leading to my next philanthropic investigation. Stay tuned around the end of the month, I’ll reveal the fascinating findings for folks from here first!
 

Azureglo

Squier-Meister
Aug 1, 2021
101
UK
Interesting device your selectravibe, I assume it lets one run certain strings through the vibrato and others though itself as a top loading hard tail?
 

speelyei

Squier-holic
Sep 22, 2020
1,210
North America
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As you can see in the pics, I split the pivot plate in two. You can operate the two sides independently, or together by holding both arms in your hand. Out of the gate, it works really well, but there’s (of course) a little fine tuning to do.
 


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