Burns Trem Arm Help?

Discussion in 'Vintage Gretsch Discussion' started by Grisezd, Sep 9, 2021.

  1. Grisezd

    Grisezd Electromatic

    9
    Sep 9, 2021
    Ohio
    Hello folks. I just picked up my first vintage Gretsch, a ‘65 Corvette. It came, of course, without an arm or fixing screw for the Burns tremolo. I would like to use the trem and I’d like to take a shot at making my own arm.

    Would any of you have an arm that you could measure for me? Material thickness, width, and lengths of the segments would be great. Screw size would be a nice bonus as well.

    Thanks!
    Dennis
     
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  2. afire

    afire Country Gent

  3. Back in Black

    Back in Black Country Gent

    Age:
    72
    Jun 22, 2020
    Ontario Canada

    Dennis PM me.

    I can help. I have Burns vintage trem units/arms

    BIB.

    July 2020 Burns Vintage Tremolo Tailpiece.jpg DSCF1298.JPG Burns Trem.jpg Third Burns 2.jpg Third Burns three.jpg
     
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  4. englishman

    englishman Gretschified

    Age:
    64
    Apr 5, 2014
    Detroit
    Mine had a butter knife for an arm when I got it.

    They are not very good tremolos.

    They fetch so much these days it's crazy, I just need a cheap non functional one for my Mal copy.
     
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  5. Grisezd

    Grisezd Electromatic

    9
    Sep 9, 2021
    Ohio
    Thanks BIB. Message sent.

    I’ve also sent a message off to Burns to check availability and pricing shipped to the US. I can’t find any at retailers here or in the UK.
     
  6. Back in Black

    Back in Black Country Gent

    Age:
    72
    Jun 22, 2020
    Ontario Canada
    EM...

    I have one of those, center photo...not cheap, with slotted screw set.

    BIB.
     
  7. Grisezd

    Grisezd Electromatic

    9
    Sep 9, 2021
    Ohio
    Thanks to BIB for getting me up and running. Now that I’ve got the bar and have it shimmed up tight in the socket I’m finding that I really like this trem. The TOM type bridge is rocking nicely and I’ve found that if I use the tuning method that works for me on floating strat bridges it stays in tune pretty well. I still plan to pull it all apart for clean and lube but I’m very happy with it the way it sits!
     

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