Bass trems may seem like a gimmick at first, but there's more to them than meets the eye.
Recently I was looking into bass tremolos—or more accurately, bass vibrato systems. Do you remember these? I haven’t actually seen one in at least a decade, but if you do a little research you’ll discover a few fan clubs, a couple of reviews, and some related websites. If you join a forum or fan club, you’ll be rewarded with the usual photos and video links in your daily mail. As a result, it can suddenly feel as if 50 percent of the world’s bass players must be using a tremolo.
A Kahler 8-string bass whammy. That’s some serious hardware! Photo courtesy of kahlerusa.com
If you don’t grasp the crucial elements of this Kahler routing and positioning template within a minute, this job is probably not for you.