Gotoh/Wilkinson VSVG Tremolo System - Nickel

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The design challenge of the VSVG was to give the performance of a VS100 with a more vintage tone and feel. This required a complete re-think of the classic bent-steel saddle and the 6-hole knife edge.

Replicating the size, weight & materials of the original '54 Leo Fender design was the prime objective, and was acheived quite easily. Getting the bridge to return to the same position after use was another matter. The major problem with the vintage design is that the bridge can sometimes bind against the screws when used, creating poor tuning stability. By changing 5 of the front holes into slots the result is less friction, ensuring a smooth 'return to zero' like the VS100. The 6th hole is retained so that lateral position on the guitar is preserved.

Special bent steel saddles replicate the vintage sparkle & tone that other modern tremolos lack, and their unique shape allows the height adjustment screws to be recessed to provide a smoother feel. A further aid to tuning stability is the unique string hole pattern in the steel sustain block. Strings are staggered to achieve a more consistent angle over the saddle's intonation point.

As with all Wilkinson designs, the saddles are locked down to the baseplate to optimise the transfer of string vibration to the guitar, therefore increasing sustain.

Not to be confused with the Wilkinson budget line - Trev Wilkinson considers the Gotoh Wilkinson systems to be his highest quality range.

Includes arm, mounting posts, springs, claw, screws and allen keys.

  • Centre to centre of the two outer mounting hole spacing - 56mm
  • Sustain block depth - 41.2mm
  • Saddles are 10.8mm x 32mm
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