I've been thinking of upgrading the trem on my MiM Strat for a while, and when I looked into it again this week I discovered the Wudtone trems, in particular the CP Holy Grail. Any forum members tried these at all?
The greatest exponent of the Strat trem is Jeff Beck, and he uses the standard item. So I think any change from that is probably not an upgrade. Now what else could you get for a hundred and fifty quid?
It's my understanding that Fender do indeed produce different quality hardware over their ranges, and that this is where the MiM models really depart from the MiA range. Which sort of makes sense, as the build and finish on MiM seems pretty high, in my experience. So Fender encourage their customers to justify the jump in price on the basis of quality, whereas, of course, the main reason for the difference is labour costs - the slightly better hardware is pretty insignificant in adding to final price. (This may have changed since 2015 when I last took a close look).But I don't know much about MiM Strats (apart from liking them a lot). Do they really make their own hardware, or do Fender send it to them?
Thanks, that's helpful feedback - and it fits with what I've been hearing elsewhere. It's surprising how little things like having no slack in the arm can make a big difference in feel. I also like the fact they're made in Wales... I always was a big fan of Welsh Rock. :)both came with steel blocks, stay in tune great, no arm slack, make a huge diff to the enjoyment of a Strat.