The Stetsbar’s construction is impeccable, and aesthetically, the unit does yield a bit of refined hillbilly charm, especially on a Telecaster. The Stetsbar does its part to return your guitar to pitch, but as any vibrato bar geek will tell you, you need to make sure that the nut isn’t binding, your strings are stretched and installed properly, and your tuners are up to the task. Props to Eric Stets for building a wonderful piece of finely tuned machinery that delivers on its promise 100 percent.
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The Modern Tremolo System
Stetsbar is the modern, professional, linear tremolo system that retro fits to stop tail, hard tail, Tele and Strat style guitars without any modification - no new holes, no routing! Hi-tech micro roller bearings combine with a bridge that moves with the trem to give the Stetsbar unrivalled pitch range and stability for its class coupled with a extremely smooth up and down action.
With a straight forward, rapid fit to guitars like the Gibson Les Paul, SG, ES335, Flying V, Fender Telecaster, Stratocaster and many more, Stetsbar is the trem of choice for professional and amateur guitarists worldwide and - with the OEM version - for guitar builders who need the best.
Available in four models and gold, nickel, chrome and black finishes, now is the time to experience the difference that Stetsbar will bring to your guitar!
Professional-Level Performance Without Compromising Your Guitar
- Tuning and intonation stay correct - even after dive-bombing.
- The friction-free action gives you the sensitivity for delicate and accurate control of the trem’s effects. Its smoothness comes from the trem and bridge gliding horizontally back and forth on rollers, giving you shimmering vibrato with the lightest of touches.
- The bend range is big: up to one octave down and a third up.
- The cost of installation is either zero or minimal. It’s so straightforward to fit that you can do it yourself in about 40 to 50 minutes. Around 70% of Stetsbar owners fit their own. If you prefer to have a Guitar Tech do it, the cost is small because it’s so quick to fit. $50 for 20 to 30 minutes of their time is all it can take.
- There are no complicated mechanisms with lots that can go wrong and requiring lots of maintenance. The uncomplicated Stetsbar is deliberately designed with few moving parts, all precision-made. The result is a very simple mechanism giving years of reliable, maintenance-free performance.
- There is no friction to break your strings, wear out the bridge or require you to use roller saddles that dull the tone. By the trem and bridge gliding back and forth together friction and string fatigue are eliminated, avoiding any need for roller saddles. Your strings last as long as normal and your tone stays bright.
- Your guitar’s sustain and clarity of tone won’t be reduced due to any lessening of the strings’ break-angle from the top of the saddles. With Stetsbar, the break-angles remain exactly the same as those of the top guitar brands. If anything, your sustain will increase due to the extra mass of the Stetsbar on your guitar.
- A Stetsbar can be so easy to install and remove that putting a tremolo system on your guitar is no longer a major, irrevocable, one-off decision. You gain the freedom to use a tremolo as the mood takes you or as your musical needs require. You can switch the Stetsbar easily between different guitars you own
How Does It Feel?
- Use all your normal playing techniques of damping, vamping, choking, semi-harmonics, etc.
- Rest the palm of your hand on the bridge area as normal without fear of activating the trem by accident.
- It’s like taking two guitars to the gig: a hard-tail and a tremolo guitar. One doesn’t interfere with the other.
- When you want tremolo, you get it. When you don’t, you won’t. This is all because the Stetsbar moves horizontally to produce tremolo rather than rocking on a vertical fulcrum. Activating the tremolo accidentally is impossible until you decide you want it.
- Play double-stop string bends without putting your guitar out of tune.
- With Stetsbar’s unique “floating lock” use dropped D and other drop tunings on the fly, and when a stringbreaks the other strings stay in tune.
- With no locking-nut needed or complicated bridge mechanism, re-stringing is as quick and easy as ever
Stop Tail Stetsbars
Our most popular item, the Stop Tail model is designed to fit guitars such as the Gibson Les Paul, SG, ES 335, Flying V and other guitars that share the common Gibson specification for stop tail positioning.
Some non US made guitars require metric stop tail bolts but otherwise fit directly. We include both inch and metric spec bolts with our retail package. It is always wise to let us know what guitar you want to fit your Stetsbar to so that we can advise of any issues.
We have Stetsbars out there fitted to a large range of makes - see the gallery for an indication of just how wide that range is.
Fitting a Stetsbar is very straight forward if you have experience of guitar maintenance. All the hardware to the rear of the bridge pickup is removed and the Stetsbar simply mounts directly to the existing stop tail bushes.
Re-string, intonate and play! And remember, the Stetsbar requires no additional routing or drilling - your guitar will restore to absolutely original condition if you want to move the Stetsbar to another instrument. How many other pro trems can say that?
Available in Gold, Chrome, Nickel & Black
The T-Style guitar is an icon - how could we not have a Stetsbar model to fit it!
Finished in chrome, to match the pickups and control plate, our unit mounts directly onto the existing screw holes of the "ashtray bridge". Add the supplied shim to the neck pocket and you are ready to go.
A professional tremolo that stays in tune and does not require any additional holes or routes. How cool is that?
Now that legendary T-style sound can shimmer and bend just like its younger Strat brother!
This install is slightly more complicated than the stop-tail version and we always recommend that you get a professional involved if you don't have this sort of experience.
Available in Chrome
Its been sometime coming but now we have a solution for those who want to replace the fulcrum trem in a Stratocaster or Stratocaster style guitar.
Remove the existing trem, springs and claw and the new Stetsbar unit clamps into the trem cavity. Add the supplied shim to the neck pocket (if needed) and you are ready to go.
This is one trem you will not want to block!
Available in Chrome
Hard Tail Stetsbars
Our 'Hard Tail' unit adds to the number of guitars that can benefit from the Stetsbar's superior range, stability and feel. The base plate of this unit provides the familiar 5 hole pattern to enable you to add Stetsbar functionality without any new holes!
It was primarily designed for non-trem Stratocaster style guitars and certain Squier Tele models but it will also fit other models with the same bridge specification.
Available in Gold, Chrome, Nickel and Black
Stets Metal Arts announce the availability of a replacement 'vintage' Stetsbar arm for those looking to add a retro vibe to their Stetsbar equipped guitar.
Eric Stets, founder and CEO, said "We had a number of requests to develop an arm for those who wanted a vintage look but modern performance. This Stetsbar arm echoes the classic whammy bar of the past in looks and the flat wide arm helps the player adapt to the increased performance they get from Stetbar".
The Stetsbar Fine Tuner is designed for stop-tail guitars (including Stetsbar equipped guitars) to work in combination with a string locking mechanism at the nut - a locking nut or the Sta-Tuned product.
Guitars so equipped cannot be tuned in a conventional manner as the tuners cannot alter the strings pitch. The Stetsbar fine tuner sits over the strings, behind the bridge of the guitar, and allows for fine tuning via the 6 black tuning screws in the same way that a violin's fine tuners work.
Available in Gold, Chrome, Nickel & Black