VegaTrem VT2 Telecaster Tremolo review

Unless it’s a Bigsby, whammy bars on Telecasters have been considered close to sacrilegious. Until now...

VegaTrem VT2
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Guitar World Verdict

Most vibratos are all about function. But it’s the combination of the VT2’s functionality and sound that might make it a rather cool-looking and sounding addition to your Telecaster.


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    It’s a reversible and easy mod.

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    Adds versatility to your Telecaster.

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    Bulks up the tone.

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    Good tuning stability.

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    Cool style.


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    Not the best for fluttery Jeff Beck-style vibrato.

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Part of the appeal of the Telecaster is its simplicity, particularly since it doesn’t have a vibrato, unlike the other Fender classics, the Stratocaster, Jazzmaster and Jaguar. Admittedly, that’s not the whole truth – but out of some 61 production Telecasters listed on Fender’s current website, only two have vibratos: the Vintera ’60s Telecaster Bigsby and the American Ultra Luxe Telecaster Floyd Rose HH – a classic vibrato and a modern dive‑bombing whammy.

There are some Tele-aimed vibratos available, such as the Super-Vee Maverick, but that is essentially a Strat-style vibrato and requires considerable routing of the body. The Stetsbar, meanwhile, is described as “a professional tremolo that stays in tune and does not require any additional holes or route” and is another option that certainly changes the look. 

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Dave Burrluck
Gear Reviews Editor, Guitarist

Dave Burrluck is one of the world’s most experienced guitar journalists, who started writing back in the '80s for International Musician and Recording World, co-founded The Guitar Magazine and has been the Gear Reviews Editor of Guitarist magazine for the past two decades. Along the way, Dave has been the sole author of The PRS Guitar Book and The Player's Guide to Guitar Maintenance as well as contributing to numerous other books on the electric guitar. Dave is an active gigging and recording musician and still finds time to make, repair and mod guitars, not least for Guitarist’s The Mod Squad.