You came to my Best Tremolo Stabilizer article because you are having a problem with your tremolo getting out of tune.
I consider the Rockinger Black Box Tremolo Stabilizer as the Best Tremolo Stabilizer available in the market.
I have been modifying my guitars as well as my clients for more than 17 years.
This stabilizer will provide you unsurpassed tuning stability even after deep dive bombs and pull-ups.
If you are using a Floyd Rose Tremolo equipped guitar, this stabilizer is the best Floyd Rose Tremolo Stabilizer.
I have listed here the available tremolo stabilizers online for comparison. It will be updated from time to time so check for updates.
What is a Tremolo Stabilizer?
A floating tremolo is a headache when it goes out of tune. It happens when the tremolo will not go back to the zero point once it is disturbed.
The zero point is the exact position of the tremolo where the strings are tuned. It is where the tension of the strings matched the exact tension of the springs.
When you disturb that balance, either by pulling up or pushing down the tremolo bar, it should go back to the zero point once the tremolo bar is released.
A perfect tremolo system should always go back to the zero point once the tremolo bar is released.
This feat is somewhat a challenge to achieve on a full floating tremolo bridge because there are so many factors that would cause the tremolo not to go back to its zero point.
As you can see in the picture above, the tone block is resting on the Black Box Tremolo Stabilizer. At this point, the Black Box Tremolo Stabilizer is working like a tremolo stopper.
When you dive bomb, it is not connected to the tone block, and when you release the tremolo arm, the tone block will sit again on the Rockinger Black Box Tremolo Stabilizer thereby enforcing that zero point.
The spring on the Rockinger Black Box Stabilizer allows you to do pull-ups.
The spring will compress when you do pull-ups and when you release the tremolo arm, the Black Box Tremolo Stabilizer has a mechanism that will make the rod the same exact length thereby preserving the zero point.
The spring tension is adjustable if you desire to have a rigid stabilization or if your system just requires only a slight stabilization.
What are the available tremolo stabilizers in the market?
There are plenty of stabilizers out there to keep the tremolo stabilized. They are the:
- Rockinger Black Box Tremolo Stabilizer
- Tremolo Stopper
- Tremol-no Tremolo Stabilizer
- Hipshot Tremsetter
- Tremolo Stabilizer
- ESP Arming Adjuster
Of all the available tremolo stabilizers in the market, I highly recommend the Rockinger Black Box Tremolo Stabilizer.
Rockinger Black Box Tremolo Stabilizer
(Best Tremolo Stabilizer)
The Rockinger Black Box Tremolo Stabilizer is by far the best-designed stabilizer in the market. It always goes back to the zero point. It is like a Tremolo Stopper but compressible using a spring which in turn allows pull-ups.
The ability for a tremolo stabilizer to put back the floating tremolo to its zero point is the primary factor for the selection as the best tremolo stabilizer available in the market.
A zero point is the neutral point where all the strings are tuned to its desired pitch. Once the tremolo is moved in any direction, the strings will be detuned.
Once you release the tremolo, it should go back to its original position. This position is the zero point.
This feature is the advantage of the Black Box Tremolo Stabilizer. It makes the tremolo always to go back to its zero point.
One point to note also is that when you dive bomb, The Black Box Tremolo Stabilizer is not connected to the tone block of the tremolo.
This factor also makes it the Best Tremolo Stabilizer in the market as of this writing.
The Tremolo Stopper is really a good tremolo stabilizer if you go dive bomb only. It is because you have a fixed zero point as the tremolo tone block sits on the tremolo stopper.
Since this is a blocking device, a pull-up is not possible which is, to some players is not practical.
It also adds sustain to your tone as it adds more contact point between the body of the guitar and the tremolo tone block.
It is a good device to put the tremolo in a stabilized position while doing string change or setting string action.
Tremol-No Tremolo Stabilizer
It is a good idea that a device could make a tremolo equipped guitar transformed into a hardtail guitar.
The additional feature that it can also be selected as a dive bomb only which in effect is also working like a Tremolo Stopper is also a good idea.
No holes have to be drilled, and it is actually a drop in device. It is also a useful device to stabilize the tremolo while changing strings or setting up the intonation and action.
The only problem with this is when you select full floating. There is nothing to stabilize the tremolo on this mode and it is a dreadful idea.
You are left to the mercy of the stability of your tremolo, which is not a good idea since this the reason why we have to install a tremolo stabilizer, because floating tremolos are not stable.
Now, this tremolo stabilizer is perfect when paired with a Black Box Tremolo Stabilizer. Install it side by side with the black box and you will have three options.
You can have a hardtail bridge, a dive only tremolo and a full floating tremolo with the Black Box as the stabilizer.
The Hipshot Tremsetter is a full floating stabilizer. The only problem with this tremolo stabilizer is that it creates a lot of noise because the tremolo stabilizer is connected all the time to the tone block.
It is also very hard to dial the zero point. You also have to do a lot of drilling. What I also hate is the fact that you have to drill a cavity for the long rod into the body of your guitar.
Now that’s not what I can consider a drop in upgrade.
When you release the tremolo bar, the spring claw will move back to its original position trying to go back to the zero point.
Sometimes it will not go back to the zero point because the spring claw will not be in its original position on the screw head.
It is a very rudimentary design and not consistent. The only thing that is good on this tremolo stabilizer is there are no holes are to be drilled.
ESP Arming Adjuster
This tremolo stabilizer is a close second to the Black Box Tremolo Stabilizer. The Japanese has made a good innovation.
What I really like about this design on a guitar technician point of view, is the ease of installation.
They have made the mounting screws visible, so you do not have to disassemble the stabilizer to install it.
Some people will hate it, because it will add the bulkiness unlike the Rockinger Black Box where it is very compact in design.
It is also made of brass which we know is a very musical metal.
So there you go, if there are concerns or any question you may want to ask please feel free to drop a comment below.