How do you like your Strat tremolo set up?

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How do you set up your tremolo?

  1. Floating

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  2. Decked but still able to dive

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  3. Completely blocked. I hate that thing!

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  4. Rat's hind end

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  1. I Break Things

    I Break Things Senior Member

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    So being a new owner of a Strat, I've had a lot of fun tinkering with it and getting it set up in a way I like it. I did a lot of research on setting up the tremolo and trying out a lot of the suggestions I read around the web. My Strat has a vintage style 6-screw trem, so it took some tinkering, but I've got it floating and I can pull it up so the G goes to an A#, B goes to C#, and E goes to F.

    So, my fellow MLPers, how do you like to set up your Strats and why?
     
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  2. truckermde

    truckermde Senior Member

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    I do the wood block ala Clapton.

    I like a hardtail, but believe the springs, and the resonance they create, form part of the signal chain, and contribute to the sonic difference between a Strat & a Tele.
     
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    I Break Things Senior Member

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    Strats are definitely unique. I've had a lot of fun playing around and getting all these sounds I can't get from my LP.
     
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    DarrellV Murry Chrirstmers to earl! Silver Supporter Premium Member

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    Also the type of plastic used in the pick-guard and the number of and direction of the plys contribute to the toanez!

    I posted a write up on this in the Stratoshere pick guard thread!

    And i quote;

    'Many folks that take up fixing their Strats overlook the importance of the pick guard.

    Unlike Gibsons in general, Strat pickups are mounted to that thin piece of plastic and hang in open space underneath..

    Unlike wood, the plastic will pick up vibrations from the strings and your amp and transfer them to the pickups.

    This is a part of what gives the Strat a unique tone..

    So choosing the right formula, thickness, number of plys, etc. is of VITAL importance if you want the magical Strat Toanze to pour out of your new investment...

    The wrong molecular structure of the polymers or improper ply lamination could result in a dreaded tone turd!

    Choose wisely.....'

    Chasenblues about peed his pants! Strats are awesome!
     
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  5. jimmyjames

    jimmyjames Senior Member

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    A little float floats my Callaham's boat :cheers2:
     
  6. Guitaraxe

    Guitaraxe Senior Member

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    Fat 50's AmSt....... depends... If It's being used as my main I keep it decked, 5 springs down only but if not I like it floating.
     
  7. Stevie 202

    Stevie 202 Senior Member

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    Jeff Beck Strat......floating.

    If I had another Strat I'd probably deck one and float one.

    I like 'em both ways.
     
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    SteveGangi V.I.P. Member

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    Mine is floating.
     
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    bulletproof aka tarddoggy Premium Member V.I.P. Member

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    +1000
     
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    Bud Stoner Senior Member

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    I have three Strats and they're all different.

    1974 modded with a Floyd Rose is floating in a recessed route (I didn't do the Floyd, I just got it that way).

    1995 Am Std decked and can dive has Hipshot bridge installed.

    2008 Road Worn 60's Oly White floats nice and sweet with a steel block and Raw Vintage springs.
     
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    Kris Ford Senior Member

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    I like a float, but rarely use the trem.
     
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    NotScott Silver Supporter Premium Member

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    All of my Strats have the bridge decked but not blocked. I use 5 springs and tighten them just enough so that bends of a whole-step won't detune the other strings. If I were to float it, I would set it up like Jeff Beck, pulled all the way back results in a half-step up. I setup my PRS like this and like it.
     
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    IMHO - It really depends on the strat. Crappy answer really but each one is a little different in how it responds.

    I have a couple currently: EC strat <decked obv.>, 69 Strat <decked currently w 5 springs> 59 style strat with a 'regular' float and 4 springs. I tried it with 3 and that didnt really work out so well, but with 4 its dead stable.
     
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    Telechamp Senior Member

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    My four - all floating.

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    Floating. A YouTube video from Frudua (or some spelling close to that) takes all the work out of getting set up correctly.
     
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    So my MIM Strat didn't come with the spring to keep tension on the arm, and it flopped about while playing. Just got some of those springs in the mail and I like the trem even better now that the arm stays where I want it. :dude:

    I might be converted to a Fender guy after how much I've enjoyed this Strat...:hyper:
     
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    I Break Things Senior Member

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    Nice guitars! What models are they and what's that one at the far end?
     
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    This! Definitely. I meant to post it...



    I also use his action trick...

     
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    Telechamp Senior Member

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    Thanks!

    In order: 2011 American Standard, '98 Classic 50's, '04 MIM Agave Blue Std, '08 Road Worn 60's.

    The guitar on the end is a Guild S-284 Superstrat - no floating on that one. It's got a Kahler trem system.

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    Telechamp Senior Member

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    Yeah, I know what you're saying - those little trem arm tension springs are essential in my book!

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