The Taylor Project week 2: The tremolo bridge


If you read I Heart Guitar last week you probably read about the beautiful new SolidBody Standard that Taylor is building for me (you can keep up with each update here). Over the next few weeks I’m going to pick out various features that I chose, and explain why I picked them for my guitar. This week it’s the Taylor Tremolo Bridge.

There’s a great video below which explains the trem, but of course it doesn’t explain exactly what I like about it. There are two things in particular that attract me to this bridge: the profile and the fulcrum point.

The Profile
The Taylor bridge is smooth. Real smooth. I tend to tune out how uncomfortable it is to palm mute on most guitars, since it’s just a necessary evil, but Taylor has really nailed the design of this bridge so that it’s comfortable and unobstructive. It also looks sleek and cool, like something from a 1950s vision of the future.

The Fulcrum Point
The fulcrum point of the bridge – the point at which it pivots – is set lower into the body of the guitar than usual. This gives it more balance and a smoother operation. It’s a two-point knife-edge design, and whether you choose the fixed or tremolo version, the bridge height can be adjusted both front-to-back and side-to-side. Each string has its own saddle which is locked in place after intonation is set.

COOL GEAR ALERT: Gibson Flying V Tremolo

Now this is cool. Cool colour, cool shape, and of course one of the coolest tremolo systems known to man and beast alike, the Floyd Rose. It looks like a metal machine. [geo-out country=”Australia” note=””]And it’d make a very nice companion indeed to the Explorer Tremolo in some kind of ultra-kitted out metal band.[/geo-out]

From Gibson.com:

Looking to shake up a conservative guitar world, Gibson introduced the Flying V as part of its radical Modernist Series in 1958 (alongside the Explorer)—and the world is still shaking 53 years later. Way ahead of its time when it hit the ground six decades ago, the Flying V became a rock icon by the late ’60s, and evolved—in all its permutations—into one of the most iconic thrash and metal guitars ever produced.

The new Flying V with Floyd Rose™ from Gibson USA takes the rebellious heritage of this great Modernist axe and supercharges it with high-performance features for today’s demanding musician. This new rendition of a legendary design carries high-output humbucking pickups and the most advanced vibrato tailpiece available, and wraps it all in Gibson’s renowned playability, while retaining the sleek, space-aged looks that made its namesake a legend in the first place. And it’s all presented in a stunning high-gloss nitrocellulose finish in Classic White.

NEWS: Megadeth, Metallica & Lou Reed, new KISS album, fake Van Halen teaser

Jam Master Series Standard A-Style Mandolin – click the pic for more info.

Here are my latest news stories for Gibson.com. How about that fake Van Halen track, eh?

And did anyone else notice that the new Megadeth and Metallica albums come out on the same day?

Megadeth Album Recalls Entire Discography

KISS to Release a Monster

Metallica & Lou Reed Album Called Lulu

Van Halen Teaser a Fake

And don’t forget my recent Susanna Hoffs interview. A different, longer interview will be on I Heart Guitar in a few weeks.