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Tremolo Routing Templates

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Template set for routing a traditional Fender tremolo and Floyd Rose and Schaller locking tremolo systems.

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Tremolo Routing Templates
  Item# Description In stock Price Quantity
1110 Traditional Strat tremolo front / rear cavites, set of 2 Yes

1118 Floyd Rose or Schaller locking tremolo front / rear cavities, set of 2 Yes

1119 Floyd Rose or Schaller modification for recessed front cavity Yes

1087 Complete set of routing templates for tremolos SAVE $5.27 Yes

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The most precise routing templates available. Helpful centerlines are laser-etched to aid proper placement, eliminate guesswork and produce cleaner results. Transparent acrylic, 3/16" (4.76mm) thick. Instructions included.

Sold individually or SAVE when you buy the complete set of routing templates.

Clear templates for Stratocasters® and clones having standard Fender-style, Floyd Rose® or Schaller locking tremolos with rear-routed spring cavities.

These time-saving templates can be attached to the body with countersunk screws or double-stick tape. We recommend ball-bearing router bits for best results.

The #1119 for recessed tremolo is a template to modify the front cavity to allow extra arm travel for super whammy action. Recessing the tremolo creates extra clearance at the rear of the unit, and increases the range of upward arm movement. The tremolo (and the strings) can be closer to the guitar's face, reducing the need for neck shims.

Use the #1110 Strat templates for proper installation of these tremolos:

Gotoh Traditional Tremolo for Strat

Wilkinson/Gotoh VS-100N Tremolo

Wilkinson/Gotoh VSVG Vintage Tremolo

Use the #1118 Floyd Rose templates for proper installation of these tremolos:

Schaller Locking Tremolo

Golden Age Locking Tremolo

How to install a Strat tremolo and get it right
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Tremolo Routing Templates
Tremolo Routing Templates
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2 6-13-2012

Not what it claimed to be. Although this is a nice, quality template, It does not accurately fit the wilkinson/gotoh vs100 trem, as I was informed by Stewmac that it would not only fit it, but perfectly. Once I received the template, I placed trem inside (and on several different angles and axis) and it didn't line up properly where the bridge pins are supposed to go. If I had a Strat, this would be perfect... but I don't, so it is a $13.75 paper weight. There should be more detailed information on it... or any of these for that matter. A little disappointed.

Habstep18  Colorado Springs Read my reviews (2)
5 6-10-2012
Good ideas!

Awesome product,great solution for my work!

Steve R  Spring,Tx Read my reviews (26)
5 5-24-2012
Makes routing for a tremolo a breeze!

I purchased the set for a traditional Strat tremolo, and believe me, these are worth the little bit of money! Since I don't have a template following router bit I didn't use them as a template, but with the precise cutting of them, and the detailed instructions, I could simply put them where they needed to be, trace inside them, and route this with a regular router bit and some guides clamped on to the body. Even like that (although it takes a little longer) it works very smoothly! Without these I do not think I would have ever wanted to build a guitar with a tremolo, but these save so much time, hassle, guessing, and precision work that it almost makes routing the cavity fun! The picture shown is of the rear cavity in an American black walnut Strat body that I'm currently building.

Nolan Peach  Colorado Read my reviews (10)
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5 4-16-2012
Traditional Strat tremolo front / rear

Bon gabarits, ils vont très bien, aucun problèmes. Daniel

Daniel G. Luthier  Canada, Qébec Read my reviews (9)
5 4-11-2012
Saved my tabletop build.

I don't have workshop or a drill press, so my first try at drilling holes for a classic strat trem didn't go so well. After gluing some dowels, this template got me back in business. Lesson learned.

Steve G  Raleigh, NC
4 4-02-2012
trem template

good quality template. but does not fit MIM strats :(

Slash671  Guam Read my reviews (29)
4 3-28-2012
Good templates but could be better

These are good templates but I agree with some of the other reviews that they need to be thicker. I did a practice run on a scrap piece of wood and although the cut out was acceptable, I did notice that the bit nicked the side of the template when the bearing on the bit slid up.My solution was to use a a routing bushing set that I had instead of the recommended bearing set sold by stew-mac. The route was slightly smaller than the required hole, but my solution was to simply reposition the template after the initial cut and finish it out to the correct size. Using the bushing set instead of the stacked bearings, I eliminated the possibility of the bit getting into the template and ruining it and quite possibly the project.

strykr  beaver, oh Read my reviews (2)
4 3-28-2012

achei um pouco pequena as dimensoes ... para prender no corpo da guitarra.. mas tudo bem ... gostei mesmo assim.

OTANIEL  CASCAVEL, PR, BRASIL Read my reviews (25)
5 2-23-2012
Absolutely indespensable

I used the template for a recent strat build. Along with the double stick tape, the template gave me first class results. These aren't everyday items for me, but the right tool can make all the difference in the world. Thanks again, Stew-Mac.

Mike Vidallier  New Iberia, LA Read my reviews (10)
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5 2-18-2012
Very Useful

I needed to accurately drill the six tremolo bridge mounting holes on a prefinished body that already had the trem-block cavity routed. After finding the correct distance from the nut I used a laser level for precise positioning of the template using it’s engraved centre line as a guide.
Brad point drill bits helped to preserve the finish from chipping, job completed in minimum time.

Kish.R  Chaguanas, Trinidad Read my reviews (3)
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