Welcome to RTO Guitars

As most experienced guitar players know, existing tremolo designs leave room for improvement. Addressed below are the most noteworthy and their drawbacks. The Bigsby system has limited range, poor feel, and questionable tune stability. Holes have to be drilled into the guitar body. Most use a standard tune-o-matic bridge with all of its own drawbacks.

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SG Tremolo

Surface mount tremolo on a Gibson SG. Nothing sweeter.

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RTO Boomerang

A unique feel for a unique guitar.

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The best tremolo available on the classic ES335.

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The RTO Crew

Custom guitars? We do that.
Custom tremolos? You bet. See for yourself and get in touch.


12 String

Bend away, it'll play



The Stylist



Classic beauty.



Works of Art

What Others are Saying

  • Ray is "one of those guys". He is a gear head supreme and a long time motorcycle technician with the exactitude to rise in that field. Turning his attention to the guitar and particularly the tremolo, it is to produce a new instrument in that his tremolo unit imbues a guitar with some of the same qualities of an instrument like the sitar, which a whole flurry of notes are within a bend of sometimes an octave. The RTO tremolo takes an improvisor and composer into a realm of creation untapped by other tremolos that are not as smooth. I can say that the mass and down pressure provided by the RTO improves the sound of my guitar and it is possibly the most brilliant design. I love this unit and it has brought new life to my playing. The smoothest tremolo made and it keeps in tune.

    Larry Cooperman
  • I was looking to build a modern electric twelve string guitar. Modern shape, feel and sound. I discovered RTO on line, and saw Ray's wonderfull creation for those of us who love twelve strings. Ray is great to deal with and will quickly become your friend. The whammy showed up and I was blown away by the quality of workmanship and ease of installation. Works fantastic and opens up a whole new direction for one's sonic pallet. Buy one you will love it! I can't set mine down.

    Jeff Kyner - Kyner Guitars
  • I learned about Ray Olsen and RTO Tremolo through a post on Ebay. If you are like me who was searching for a easy to install surface mounting tremolo for SG style guitars with tuning stability you have come to the right place. The item arrived and within half an hour the unit was installed up and running. I ended up purchasing a standard ratio six string all aluminum unit and could not be happier. The tremolo adds monster sustain and added bite to leads. Over all the tremolo is there when you want it and as stable as a fixed bridge if you do not. This is due to the locking function. A+ tremolo and company. I WILL do business again!

    Peter B