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The builder still says Wilkinson, but the builder isn't always updated as options change
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I can't say for certain, but one consideration might be that the notch on the pickguard might not be sized well for the Hipshot trem. The part that extends "into" the pickguard of that bridge is at least shaped differently from the Wilky or Vintage trems, so it's possible they might not want to use that trem on that model without a bespoke pickguard design, like what the "C" model has with the Floyd Rose (which has a wider notch, and those two screws next to it spread out a little bit further, on the pickguard). Honestly, that theory is the only reason why I can think of not offering it on that model if they do believe it's a superior unit. Or, perhaps the Floyd-equipped model hasn't proven itself to be popular enough so they didn't want to bother with the investment to add another trem if the vast majority of folks pick the other bridges over the Floyd.
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Order a kit with Wilkinson route, chuck the wilki, and buy a 3rd party Contour. It'll drop in, minus shimming the studs 2.5mm higher, and having about .5mm of something (I used some glue and receipt paper) around the studs to make them snug. The string spacing works fine, and the route fits well enough, though it won't allow for much pull up with the later routes (not that they did much with the Wilki, either).
For what it's worth, I think around 2005, the neck dimensions changed, and narrowed slightly, as all my 2004 and older models have wider necks, and can handle a VS100 wilkinson, which is a little too wide for the 2005 years I've used. The Contour has a narrower spacing, like an import Strat, and fits fine.
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