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 Iâ€™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 armâ€¦ a welcomed feature for us Gilmour maniacs. Visit Callaham Guitars (see â€œS Bridge detailsâ€, left menu) for more technical info.
One of the improved features is the tremolo block. Iâ€™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. Itâ€™s amazing how good it sounds even when Iâ€™m just strumming acoustically. The slot for the tremolo arm is also improved making the arm very sensitive and extremely smooth. (see â€œblock detailsâ€, 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 Iâ€™m abusing the tremolo arm.
The Callaham set was a great surprise and one of the best investments Iâ€™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!