a brief history
When Leo Fender made the stratocaster a piece of history was born! The most famous guitar icon was a versatile instrument suitable for different styles of music. An important element of that guitar was its bridge. Not only the design was innovative but also the material Leo used (steel), was quality material. Since Leo sold his company, quality is sacrificed for lower cost. That wouldn’t exclude the material of the bridge which since 1964 is zinc. Zinc is the worst metal you can use for tone. The most serious problem is that it is extremely soft and it absorbs most of the vibration, that means loss of harmonics and sustain, which also leads in less clarity and poor sound. What we did, driven by the classic form of the strat, was to create a vintage style bridge with several substantial alterations. We go one step further adding aluminium and brass bridges to the classic steel bridge.
We have created a full, vintage correct 1/2”(12.7mm) block from 3 different metals, all of superior quality, for different styles and tastes.
Top plate :
The top plate has some significant alterations. Most commercial top plates are built from sheet metal plates, meaning that the width of the product is reduced and inherently has stress points. While most of the top plates in the market are 2mm, ours is 2.8 mm thick, something that increases the harmonics, depth and sustain.
The same logic of beefier has driven us to construct saddles out of solid material rather than sheet metal. A problem we faced is the sympathetic vibration symptom which is caused by the contact of the saddles, so we gave some space between the saddles which also helps when someone wants to slightly change the distance between the strings (I wished too many times for this! Especially in the high e string which sometimes easily slides out of the fretboard).
tremolo- claw- screws
Our tremolo bars are made of stainless steel and we make them with few spirals. In our block there is a plastic tube which prevents the tremolo to be stressed against the metal so it is impossible to broke a tremolo arm. Additionally, it only needs a few seconds to put the tremolo on. All claws are also stainless steel made as well as all the screws we use. No corrosion and better sound transfer!
Stratocaster Sound Chart
|Brass||Brass adds to the sound color, it gives sustain, clarity and an audible warmth and sweetness, notes seem to sing more! Compression is also an addition to tone, feels better in guitars with harsh sound.
Style : Blues, Rock, Jazz.
|Steel||Steel gives an unbelievable clarity, note separation, harmonics and a tight sound. Steel gives the best definition to the strat sound.
Style : Rock, Blues, Funk, Hard Rock, Metal.
|Aluminium||Aluminium gives the clarity and definition of steel but with a more opened twangy and woody sound. It amazed us especially in the twang that can give even in those strats that don’t have this character. Also it is the material with the most neutral timbre.
Style : Definitely Funk, Rock.