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Username: 5a_quilt_top

Post Number: 318
Registered: 6-2012
Posted on Thursday, July 03, 2014 - 12:35 pm:   Edit Post

Been thinking about having a Spectrum guitar made with one of these.

Does anyone out there have experience with one, preferably on an Alembic or other neck-through guitar?

If so, I'd welcome your opinion re: ease of use, impact on tone, etc.
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Username: jzstephan

Post Number: 258
Registered: 1-2012
Posted on Thursday, July 03, 2014 - 3:54 pm:   Edit Post

I ordered my Alembic with a Skyway. It's my favorite trem. I've had everything. I'm not sure about its tonal impact as I have never had anything else on this guitar. It has the sound of the springs, just like a fender trem, only you don't have to route out a giant hole in the back of your guitar.
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Username: 5a_quilt_top

Post Number: 322
Registered: 6-2012
Posted on Friday, July 11, 2014 - 3:58 pm:   Edit Post

Thanks for the response.

It appears to be the way to go for an Alembic / neck-through design.

I really didn't want to do any routing to accommodate a traditional trem and I wasn't keen on the Kahler option either.

This appears to retain the benefits of the traditional Fender style with the advantages of a top-mount design in a compact package.
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Username: jcdlc72

Post Number: 356
Registered: 11-2009
Posted on Saturday, July 12, 2014 - 10:50 pm:   Edit Post

Are those top-load Kahler tremolo bridges still being made? Still by APM? I have one on a modified Jackson Fusion EX guitar from the 90s, and I clearly remember the time when Kahler trems appeared on virtually every guitar mag I read in the 80s (and there were lots... sigh!), an all of a sudden I have not seen one in years, except for the one in my guitar. What ever happened to all the fun in the world? (No, wait, thatīs a quote for something else... )
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Username: 5a_quilt_top

Post Number: 323
Registered: 6-2012
Posted on Monday, July 14, 2014 - 11:44 am:   Edit Post

Kahler is still alive & well.

They have a great website and an impressive array of products.

I was just looking for something a little more compact / streamlined that would transfer the string vibration to the guitar. According to a quote on the Skyway website, the Skyway trem does not interfere with the inherent tone of the instrument:

"This bridge absolutely conducts the vibration from the strings into the wood of the guitar...the Skyway doesn't dominate the guitar's tone."

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