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Custom Manufactured Stainless Steel Strat® Tremolo Arms

Custom designed and manufactured stainless steel tremolo arms for the genuine Fender® Strat® tremolo bridge that accepts a screw-in tremolo arm, NOT Squier®.

These tremolo arms are NOT designed for any of the Squier® Strat's®, so DO NOT purchase for any Squier®.  These tremolo arms will NOT work with any Strat® that accepts a pop-in tremolo arm such as the American Deluxe, Elite, Ultra or Pro series Strat®, none of those accept a screw-in tremolo arm.

We custom manufacture each of our tremolo arms by hand from precision centerless ground 303 stainless steel which produces a satin silver finish. They are not chrome plated.  Read this article for a full understanding of our tremolo arm designs.

Available In Three Lengths

  • 4¼"  Gilmour Length.
  • 5¼"  Intermediate Length.
  • 6"     Standard Length.

Available In Two Screw-In Attachment Threading's

  • 10-32 - American Strat® that accepts a 10-32 threaded screw-in tremolo arm.
  • Metric 5mm - Import Strat's; Mexican and Japanese Strat's® that accept the M5 x 0.8 threaded screw-in tremolo arm, NOT Squier's®.

Our 5-1/4" and 6" length tremolo arms have a similar design to an original Fender American Standard Strat® tremolo arm in regards to the up-sweep portion of the tip end of the tremolo arm. The up-sweep is the angle that the bend closest to the plastic tip sweeps up away from the pickguard surface. Our  5-1/4" and 6" length tremolo arms have a 27 degree up-sweep, where an original Fender® American Standard Strat® tremolo arm has a slightly increased 39 degree angle up-sweep. Our 4-1/4" short Gilmour style length tremolo arm has less of an up-sweep portion of the tip end of the tremolo arm at only 12 degrees and this is indicative of this specific artist series tremolo arm. You'll notice this difference visually in the tip bends by closely reviewing the above photograph showing all 3 lengths of tremolo arms.

All of our tremolo arms are designed around a free-floating bridge setup to create their proper tip-to-pickguard distance. To effectively use any of our tremolo arms your bridge must be setup as free-floating with the back underside edge of the bridge plate up off the body by 1/8"..

As you will notice in the above/right photograph showing all 3 lengths compared, each different length tremolo arms first bend as it comes up and out of the bridge is bent to a different degree angle of bend. This is by design to facilitate the same tremolo arm tip-to-pickguard distance no matter which length you may select. Each length will present the tip end of the tremolo arm at approximately the same distance down to the pickguard surface when in the same playing position.

If you have a genuine Fender tremolo bridge and are unsure as to the correct attachment threading in your bridge read our article on how to determine your tremolo arm attachment threading before ordering. These tremolo arms are not designed for Squier's or any aftermarket or non-Fender tremolo bridges.

The tip end of the tremolo arm is threaded to accept one of our screw-on plastic tips which are available in six different colors; black, cream, vintage cream, mint green, parchment or white.  The plastic tip color you select is supposed to match your "Accessories" color which consist of your tremolo arm tip, switch tip, knobs and pickup covers, so select a plastic tip color that most closely matches your accessories, you are not trying to match the tremolo arm tip color with your pickguard color, that is incorrect. If you have a mix-and-match accessory color arrangement like on the Relic Gilmour Black Strat(shown on the right) then do as you feel best for your Strat's color theme... Genuine Fender tremolo arm tips are slightly too small to fit the 5mm tremolo arms, however the tips can be reamed out by about 0.010" and then they will fit.

If you have one of the half-thickness tremolo blocks on your import bridge then our custom tremolo arms won't have the proper bend angle for that style of bridge, those bridges accept the tremolo arm into the block at a 10 degree different angle than the typical Strat tremolo bridge.  You can confirm this by the removal of the back plate on your Strat and looking at the bottom of your tremolo block where the tremolo tension springs clip on, the tremolo block will only be 1/4" thick and that is not what you want to see, so don't purchase one of these tremolo arms for that bridge.

Custom Fabricated Stainless Steel Stratocaster Tremolo Arm Plastic Tips
Tremolo arm lengths compared - Shown with Vintage Cream tips

Custom Fabricated Stainless Steel Stratocaster Tremolo Arm Plastic Tips

Tip colors are close approximations to the one you'll receive, they are not genuine Fender and colors may vary from original Fender colors. With variances in productions runs and your particular devices screen color renderings your actual tip color may vary slightly from those shown. These plastic tips unscrew from the tremolo arm, so you could always change them to a different color.

A Gilmour Black Strat replica shown with our 4-1/4" Gilmour length tremolo arm. Complete Strat shown for reference only, your purchase made here is for a single tremolo arm only.

Select Your Tremolo Arm Options

Tremolo Arm Length:
Attachment Threading:
Right or Left Handed:
Plastic Tip Color: Vintage Cream is the closest similar color to Fender's Aged White.
Price: $20.00 Each

If you are purchasing this screw-in tremolo arm we expect you to
read this article.
IMPORTANT:  All tremolo arms must be screwed completely into the tremolo block all the way until it stops to a point where the last of the threaded portion goes at least 6-8 more turns or 1/4" below the surface of the bridge plate.  If you do not install your tremolo arm completely as described, you will break your tremolo arm.  Do not use any tremolo arm tension spring that drops down into the tremolo block before you screw in the tremolo arm, this will cause you to break your tremolo arm prematurely.

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