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HQ-J tremolo
HQ-J image & description from
the 1991 Ibanez USA catalog
Red copyright sprite

The HQ-J is a type of non-locking, two-pivot synchronized tremolo bridge sourced on Ibanez guitars. It is also known as the HQ-JR, which is a reference to the HQ tremolo which preceded it.

The HQ-J is a non-floating tremolo in the style of a Fender Strat or traditional Wilkinson tremolo. The strings are loaded through the tremolo block which simplifies the string change process. It has a low profile to minimize interference with the players hands. It is generally used in conjunction with locking tuning machines to enhance tuning stability when the tremolo is used.

The HQ-J appeared on a few early S series guitar models including the 430SII and the 440SII.

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