Jump to content

Gotoh Wilkinson Vs100 Trem Installation

Recommended Posts

Greetings chaps,

For an upcoming build I was considering using the Gotoh Wilkinson VS100 trem, but wanted to find out if anyone had any experience installing the unit.

I was specifically wondering about the minimum amount of timber I should keep between the trem posts and the bridge pickup route. I've done an install on a Floyd trem in the past, and in that case the trem posts were spaced wider than the bridge pickup route, so there was more "meat" for the trem posts to be drilled into. In the case of the VS100 the studs sit inline with the outside strings and up against the bridge pickup route. I assume I would have to move the bridge pickup further towards the neck in order to have enough timber supporting the studs, and ensure the combined pull of strings and tremolo springs doesn't cause the studs to collapse forward.

Does anyone have any recommendations as to how close I can safely position the bridge pickup route to the trem posts?

Ta very muchly.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

I've used that bridge, but I don't have the measurements for it handy. One thing to keep in mind is the wood you are using will make a little bit of a difference. Betweem mahogany and soft maple you wouldn't really see a difference, but between basswood and hard maple you will have a strength difference. A harder wood will be able to go a little thinner.

Link to comment
Share on other sites


Love that tremolo.

I would say about 1/4" - 1/2" of wood surrounding depending on hardness of the wood and split tendencies. Make sure in hard wood if you leave 1/4" you do not have to pound the posts in as it will split the surrounding wood.

I used one here


And I used one here


Link to comment
Share on other sites

Thanks for the input, guys.

I was considering doing the build with all Australian native timbers, maybe Queensland Maple body with Tasmanian Blackwood top, neither of which I've worked with before. I've heard mention the QLD Maple is similar to Mahogany in terms of workability, so I assume it's of similar strength. Blackwood appears to have a higher Janka hardness rating than maple, so I assume using it as a top wood would add strength to that area where the leverage forces would be higher, and therefore I can have a smaller gap between stud and pickup?

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Join the conversation

You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.

Reply to this topic...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Paste as plain text instead

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.

  • Create New...