Took the old guy out of the case for the first time in a long time. Bought it new back in Sept 1988 and well the spyder is pretty much shot. I had installed a tremol-no a few years ago because the knife edges we chewed up and now it seems one of the mounting posts is bent. I remember emailing Kahler in the late 90s asking about parts and why they used soft metal...they replied, no it's hard metal it's YOUR fault things got stripped. RIGHT!
I love the feel of the neck. I'd say it was pretty close to being on par with my 1993 Ibanez s540 saber and my newer RGA121 Prestige. But without a reliable bridge, the Fender is not getting much play time.
What options do I have?
1. Buy a brand new Spyder. 2. Buy a Kahler 2200/2300 and have it installed. 3. Buy an original Floyd and have it installed.
Cheapest and easiest way would be to buy one of the NOS Spyders. But do I really want to chuck $250 into something that's already failed on me once?
How much work would be involved to have an OFR installed? Does the body need routing? What about the lock nut?
I love playing with the whammy bar and find the original Leo Fender "tremolo" bridge sufficient for my liking - read " i dont particularly love the "double locking tremolo" world necessiting any type of tools (allen wrench) to change a string. I m basically a usual strat dude who love to have it easy.
I m having that 80s Strat HM equipped with that Kahler Spyder Double Locking Tremolo bridge with missing arm.
- i d like to convert it to something more gig-friendly, thinking of installing some more regular Fender tremolo bridge system (the "locking nut" parts are missing anyway).
- if impossible (width?), i d install some Floyd Rose bridge on it (better alloy and parts easy to find), still without locking the nut.
I know i cannot be the only person to have had that natural desire (the HM is a nice light guitar with an awesome neck):
- is there anybody out there who went through this before me? Any advice, picture, story, how-to, etc.. would be greatly appreciated.
Wait, I was very much under the impression that a OFR used a different width for the mounting posts??
the spacing is exactly the same. i have a type one (spyder, pink) and a type two (ofr, white) and i just put my calipers on both of them and they are exactly the same. all we need to do is drill out the kahler inserts. plug the hole and redrill for the floyd inserts. pretty sure drilling is the only way to get that insert out.
Post by liberphile on Sept 9, 2012 13:20:08 GMT -5
Someone replaced the Kahler bridge on the E8 hm strat I picked up last night, which means it probably had issues too. Right now they have some aftermarket bridge called a bendmaster deluxe. It's not bad but, I would like to have a floyd put in there so that it's arguably "original".