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 Traditional Strat tremolo front / rear cavites, set of 2

Traditional Strat tremolo front / rear cavites, set of 2

Item # 1110
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Tremolo Routing Templates Floyd Rose or Schaller locking tremolo front / rear cavities, set of 2

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

Item # 1118
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Tremolo Routing Templates Floyd Rose or Schaller modification for recessed front cavity

Floyd Rose or Schaller modification for recessed front cavity

Item # 1119
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Template set for routing a traditional Fender tremolo and Floyd Rose and Schaller locking tremolo systems.

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.

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

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Product Instructions

Router Templates for Traditional Strat Tremolo

Instructions for routing for a traditional Strat-style tremolo bridge.

Product Instructions

Router Template Set for Floyd Rose Tremolo

Instructions for using a router template to rout a guitar for a Floyd Rose-style tremolos.

Product Instructions

Router Template for Recessed Floyd Rose Tremolo

Instructions for routing a top recess for use with Floyd Rose-style tremolos.

Ratings & Reviews

Tremolo Routing Templates

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Makes routing for a tremolo a breeze!

By Nolan Peach from Colorado
(Customer's Reviews) Thursday, May 24, 2012

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.

Traditional Strat tremolo front / rear 

By Daniel G. Luthier from Canada, Q+¬bec
(Customer's Reviews) Monday, April 16, 2012

Bon gabarits, ils vont trFs bien, aucun problFmes. Daniel

Saved my tabletop build. 

By Steve G from Raleigh, NC
(Customer's Reviews) Wednesday, April 11, 2012

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.

trem template

By Slash671 from Guam
(Customer's Reviews) Monday, April 02, 2012

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

Good templates but could be better

By strykr from beaver, oh
(Customer's Reviews) Wednesday, March 28, 2012

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.


(Customer's Reviews) Wednesday, March 28, 2012

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

Absolutely indespensable

By Mike Vidallier from New Iberia, LA
(Customer's Reviews) Thursday, February 23, 2012

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.

Very Useful

By Kish.R from Chaguanas, Trinidad
(Customer's Reviews) Saturday, February 18, 2012

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 itÆs engraved centre line as a guide.
Brad point drill bits helped to preserve the finish from chipping, job completed in minimum time.

Needs center line for 2 point trem.

By Bryan P. from Knoxville, TN
(Customer's Reviews) Saturday, January 28, 2012

Note that if you are using it for a traditional trem, that the centerline is only correct on the 6 point side, and not the 2 point trem side. Stewmac's templates are great though, just watch the heat from your bit or it'll melt them pretty quickly.

Routing a problem? Not anymore

By Jurwt from The Netherlands
(Customer's Reviews) Thursday, November 03, 2011

Floyd Rose cavities are probably the hardest to rout. But with these templates and instructions that come with it, its a piece of guitarcake :D

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