I recently replaced the stock bridge system on my black Strat with a Callaham Vintage S Model kit. The old saddles had deep creeks in them from the strings and I’ve always had problems with keeping the intonation.
Callaham offers a wide range of replacement parts for most Stratocaster models. The Vintage S Model is a faithful replica of the classic pre- CBS Fender bridge with needed upgrades. It also comes with a shortened tremolo arm… a welcomed feature for us Gilmour maniacs. Visit Callaham Guitars (see “S Bridge details”, left menu) for more technical info.
One of the improved features is the tremolo block. I’d never though it would improve my tone as much as it has. The guitar sings with rich sustain, fatter bottom and a distinctly punchier attack. It’s amazing how good it sounds even when I’m just strumming acoustically. The slot for the tremolo arm is also improved making the arm very sensitive and extremely smooth. (see “block details”, left menu)
I also love how the string slots on the saddles are slightly lengthened so that the strings flow more easily. The guitar stays in perfect tune even when I’m abusing the tremolo arm.
The Callaham set was a great surprise and one of the best investments I’ve done in a long time. A big thanks to Ernest for recommending it! It really brought new life to my bellowed black Strat! Highly recommended!