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Pros and Cons of the Kahler Tremolo

Discussion in 'Hardware, Setup & Repair [BG]' started by Stickk, Apr 28, 2009.


  1. Yes

    10 vote(s)
    52.6%
  2. No

    9 vote(s)
    47.4%
  1. Stickk

    Stickk

    Sep 2, 2008
    Jambi
    Well, I have enough money to buy one of these right now, still deciding if I should get one, so i was wondering about the pros and cons of this bridge. Are there any? I'll be putting it on my FenderOmega.
     
  2. pro = you can do tremolo stuff.
    con = you can do tremolo stuff.
     
  3. two fingers

    two fingers Opinionated blowhard. But not mad about it. Gold Supporting Member

    Feb 7, 2005
    Eastern NC USA
    I wouldn't do it. That bass is really different and really nice. I think a trem on it would just be a bit much.
     
  4. walterw

    walterw Supportive Fender Gold Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 20, 2009
    alpha-music.com
    besides, that thing is fretless, right? you can get pretty much the same effects without ripping the heart out of your tone with a tremolo bridge.
     
  5. JimmyM

    JimmyM

    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Ampeg Amps, EMG Pickups
    I don't think it would rip the heart of the tone out at all. Nobody ever complained about Victor Wooten's Foderas or Dave LaRue's Sterlings with Kahlers. I have a bass with one and I have no desire to get another one, but I do like mine. I'm not an expert on them, but here's what I know:

    1. Strings won't last if the break angle is too steep. I actually had to put a thin plate under mine in order to raise the bridge up to lessen the break angle.

    2. It's a giant PITA to install one. It involves a considerable amount of routing. It would probably cost you as much as the bridge itself to have a pro repairman install it.

    3. You get past the first two and it works really well and it's a lot of fun. Stays in tune well, too. Not a whole lot of range to it, but you can do some cool stuff.

    Again, I have no desire to have another bass with one, but I'm glad I have one. It's definitely something you can live without.
     
  6. Stickk

    Stickk

    Sep 2, 2008
    Jambi
    Thanks for the info. Routing's no problem for me, so I can install it.
     
  7. Yvarg

    Yvarg

    Mar 10, 2007
    Buena Park, CA
    The biggest kicker for me is that in order to get a decent bending range you have to use lighter strings, which can be annoying if you prefer heavier gauge strings. I actually string my Kahler with the highest four strings from a six string set, but still tuned E A D G.
     

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