Stemming from THIS thread, I finally said fuck you to the floyd rose special that has been a total piece of junk. I'm not saying all specials suck, as I've had them in several guitars, but this one, yeah, it sucked. Goodbye....
...and hello new trem! This is a Proline trem from guitar center. It was $79. My plan was to buy this & basically use the parts off it to replace the jacked bridge saddles on the special, then I'd have a trem carcass to add to my bag of guitar parts, in case I was in a pinch and needed something else off it. However, once I removed the packaging, the Proline appears very well built. The construction reminds me of the Schaller style and the Floyd Rose II trems. In comparison to the FR special, it had beefier components all around. I wasn't expecting much, but it was nice to be surprised. In short, I said fuck it and installed it. I did have to do some minor routing so the base plate could float freely.
Now, my strat lives! I said off with the chrome & on with Charvel-approved black hardware! I added the black locking nut, ditched the chrome ESP tuners & threw on some Grover tuners I had lying around. Also sanded the neck down to bare wood for that Charvel feel. Finally, I strung her up with some Elixir 10s in Standard Eb.
I love the tom anderson HN3+ humbucker for rocking out (remember those youtube vids I did with it?), but there's something awesome about the stock single coil in the neck that puts me into full on stevie ray mode. It's so glassy! I've done a lot to this guitar in the last couple years and im not done yet! I'll eventually throw in some higher output single coils that can compete with the HN3+'s output. Right now, I'm thinking a Dimarzio Injector neck & Area 67 middle. The guitar will most likely end up with a fr00ty rattle can paintjob, just for kicks. Anyway, here she is.
Looks way better with the Black Trem also.