Unlocking Kahler 6 string bass Tremolo

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  1. Bane64

    Bane64

    Mar 24, 2019
    How do I unlock my Kahler 6 string bass tremolo?
    It's rearward, if that matters.
    Been searching everywhere on the web and the bridge itself, but I can't figure this out.

    Unlocking it means when you're able to whammy with it, btw
     
  2. Jazz Ad

    Jazz Ad Mi la ré sol

    I haven't played one in ages but I think you just had to rotate the tremolo arm.
     
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  3. Bane64

    Bane64

    Mar 24, 2019
    That didn't do it.
     
  4. bholder

    bholder Affable Sociopath Gold Supporting Member Supporting Member

    Sep 2, 2001
    Vestal, NY
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    I'll check the one on my Warlock and see if I can remember how it works...
     
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    Clark Dark

    Mar 3, 2005
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  6. MattZilla

    MattZilla

    Jun 26, 2013
    CNY
    PICS!
     
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    Killed_by_Death Snaggletooth Inactive

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  8. Bruce Johnson

    Bruce Johnson Gold Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 4, 2011
    Fillmore, CA
    Professional Luthier
    Yes, that's true. To do tremelo with it, you hold firmly onto the bar while deftly using a finger to wiggle the Volume control back and forth. It takes some practice and skill. And, of course, you have to synchronize that with your mouth movement and facial expressions. That's important.

    Advanced players can do that while simultaneously wiggling the bar up and down. That's a mix of tremelo and vibrato, commonly known as tremato (or is it vibrelo?)

    Of course, the other common use for these bridge units is to do "Dive Bombs", technically known as Vibrato Bombs. Slide the frequency down to zero. Commonly used by trombones and WWII aircraft.

    Related is the Tremelo Bomb, where you slowly roll the Volume control down to zero. And the crowd goes wild.

    :rolleyes:
     
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  9. bholder

    bholder Affable Sociopath Gold Supporting Member Supporting Member

    Sep 2, 2001
    Vestal, NY
    Received a gift from Sire* (see sig)
    Well, went to check it out, gotta find the whammy bar (I apparently locked the bridge and took the bar off, I actually know just where it is have to get it out).
     
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  10. bholder

    bholder Affable Sociopath Gold Supporting Member Supporting Member

    Sep 2, 2001
    Vestal, NY
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    And when you attempt this technique and fail miserably creating a memorably bad moment, that's a "clamato". :p
     
  11. Jazz Ad

    Jazz Ad Mi la ré sol

    It all goes back to Fender. For some strange reason, he decided to name his virabto device a tremolo bar and on his old amps, the tremolo unit is called a vibrato. Go figure.
     
  12. Bruce Johnson

    Bruce Johnson Gold Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 4, 2011
    Fillmore, CA
    Professional Luthier
    Old Leo had an Engineer's sense of humor.
     
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  13. 202dy

    202dy Supporting Member

    Sep 26, 2006
    Can you imagine a guitar player saying, "My vib won't stay in tune?"
     
  14. bholder

    bholder Affable Sociopath Gold Supporting Member Supporting Member

    Sep 2, 2001
    Vestal, NY
    Received a gift from Sire* (see sig)
    Why yes, I can. :beaver:
     
  15. gebass6

    gebass6 We're not all trying to play the same music. Supporting Member

    My God!
    It actually exists!!:eek:
    Kahler 6.jpg
     
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  16. Gopherbassist

    Gopherbassist

    Jan 19, 2008
    With warwickben gone, who is our current resident bass vibrato system expert?
     
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