Congratulations! You are about to become the proud owner of the VT1 Ultra Trem, the tremolo which defines a “before and after” regarding the Stratocaster style vibrato system. You’ll be able to play like never before, with a totally new VIBE-ration!
The tremolo, reinvented
You wanted a floating bridge that did not force you to drill into or modify your beloved ST guitar, so we did it. You desired a vibrato bridge that did not stick out more than the original bridge, and here it is. You imagined total freedom of movement and a whammy bar that never caused bother and here it is. You fantasized about a tremolo free of unwanted noises and now that dream has come true. You wanted to get rid of the hassle of microtuners. You have it. Welcome to the VT1 UltraTrem: the tremolo, reinvented.
Simple, no problem
If you have already mounted, adjusted or simply changed strings with any of the existing tremolos on the market and you are not a handyman or aspiring luthier, then you already know it isn’t such an easy task at all. So we have redesigned everything so that with a simple video and a screwdriver you can mount your VT1 UltraTrem in the blink of an eye. And if when you hear the word dismount you see the Antichrist, do not worry, your luthier or your trusted store will be happy: they will never have earned such easy money for doing something so simple.
Your beloved ST, unspoiled
If you have looked into it, you will know that up until today, mounting your floating bridge on an ST type guitar meant that you always needed to modify, and this meant drilling new holes, and screwing into the original bridge cavity. Whether your beloved Stratocaster is a classic or an upgraded standard, A PROFANE ACT indeed! For this reason, we invented the VT1 UltraTrem. That means not having to drill, sand, or enlarge anything, since it fits perfectly into the original cavity.
If, by what you’ve read so far, you’re not convinced that changing to VT1 offers enough benefits? Well, there’s one more very important reason: the VT1 is, by its original design, the most compact tremolo on the market, therefore, it does not stick out from the body, as usually happens with other tremolos, and this means the whammy bar won’t in any way hinder your interpretation.
If you love the look of your guitar you will not be thrilled to have to replace the original bridge with a metal brick like the tremolos thus far available on the market. But that’s history. The VT1 UltraTrem fits almost in the same space as the original bridge, so your guitar will look as beautiful as ever and you will love the stainless steel top coating. Because although we may not confess it, we all care about our aesthetics and we all have a Rock Star soul.
The right place for the left-handed
VegaTrem now is the right place for lefties looking for a whole new level of stability and versatility without modifying the guitar. Here is the UltraTrem VT1 LH. This left-handed tremolo has the same quality and price than the standard version.
A professional guitarist, Isaac Vega, a luthier, a drill, a milling machine and a lot of enthusiasm: this is how the VT1 story began in 2013. After four years of testing, hundreds of hours of research and a multitude of prototypes later, came the final crucial test: Trying it out in a live concert in real conditions with professional guitar players. The result is here: everyone agreed that the VT1, the first product of VegaTrem, is a tremolo mechanically, musically and aesthetically superior to any other available on the market, so get yourself a VT1 UltraTrem, you’ll make history.
Made in Europe
The quality of a VT1 UltraTrem bridge is born not only of a particularly reliable and robust design, but also of the exceptionally reliable manufacturing process. All of its components are made of high quality stainless steel, even the block is made of galvanized steel. We manufacture in Europe with the same materials, quality, process and precision control used in the manufacturing of surgical materials. This is the only way to offer you an unbeatable 2 years warranty (we double the guarantee period of the best sold vibratos all over the world until now).
For the correct maintenance of your VT1 system, make sure to keep the trem bar receiving bushing greased as well as the fulcrum grooves on which the plate rests. We recommend the use of lubricants such as lithium grease, molybdenum disulfide or similar.
Should I make any modifications on my guitar to install the VT1 system?
Installation of the VT1 system does not require any permanent modification to the instrument, just dismantle the existing bridge and replace it with the VT1 following the instructions of the video tutorial available on our website. It is recommended to verify that the nut does not block the movement of the strings or replace it with a low friction nut, as well as to avoid redirecting devices of the string in the headstock.
Can I install it myself, or do I need the help of a professional?
You can perform the installation yourself by following the instructions of our video tutorial available on this website, you will need a screwdriver and an Allen wrench.
Can I use any string gauge?
The VT1 supports up to 54w string gauge without problem.
What happens if my guitar does not keep tuning?
The VT1 is a double action tremolo that optimizes the movement, as a result, more movement than the standard tremolos and this is a fact. The stability of the tuning will depend on other factors; (quality of the tuners, type of nut, etc…)
VT1 Compatibility with guitar types
The VT1 is compatible with guitars that can house tremolo/vibrato systems based on models for Fender; Fender, Gotoh, Wilkinson, Callaham, ABM, Hipshot, PRS are some of the brands that manufacture this type of system. There’s a list below with a few guitars that are compatible with the VT1
Aria BC Rich Warlock II Blade RH series, Texas series, Dayton series. Charvel EVH Ernie Ball Music Man Fender Stratocaster Fender Jazzmaster Performer Harley Benton Fusion-T HH Roasted FNT Ibanez EHV Grover Jackson James Tyler SE Kramer Baretta Special Lonestar Strat LSL Music Man (Silhouette, Luke, Axis) Paul Reed Smith Samick Schecter Suhr, Squier Stratocaster, Jagmaster Tagima Tom Anderson Warmoth Xotic Yamaha Pacífica
This list is only an estimate, the VegaTrem system is compatible with any model inspired on the original routing for ST type guitars. If you have questions regarding VT1´s compatibility with your guitar, don´t hesitate to reach out to us
What's the difference between a Vibrato/ Tremolo and a floating bridge?
A floating bridge is nothing else than a tremolo that doesn’t lay on the guitar´s body, but remains “suspended” between two forces. In one side, string tension, and in the other the springs. Therefore, it has the possibility of both loosening the strings and tightening them, moving the pitch of the notes up and down.
Do I need a locking nut to use the VT1?
VT1 system does not need a locking nut, on the contrary, the smoother the string moves through the nut, the better for tuning stability
Do I need to use locking tuners with my Vega-Trem?
Not at all. The VT1 works equally well on a guitar with vintage tuners as well as on a standard or with locking tuners, as long as these are in good shape and meet the minimum quality standards
What is the difference between vibrato and tremolo?
Both words come from articulations in the musical language. The word tremolo refers to the variations of volume in a sound (effect emulated in famous guitar amplifiers and later on effects pedals). Whereas vibrato is the variation in pitch. (Also emulated) Therefore it would be more accurate to call vibrato to a moving bridge system on a guitar, although both terms are widely used.