How do you like your Strat tremolo set up?

Discussion in 'Fender' started by I Break Things, Jun 11, 2017.

How do you set up your tremolo?

  1. Floating

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  2. Decked but still able to dive

    12 vote(s)
    32.4%
  3. Completely blocked. I hate that thing!

    8 vote(s)
    21.6%
  4. Rat's hind end

    1 vote(s)
    2.7%
  1. I Break Things

    I Break Things Senior Member

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    Beautiful guitars. I especially like that blue one. The neck, color, and pickguard just all go so well together. :cheers:
     
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    Telechamp Senior Member

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    Thanks, man. The blue finish is called Agave Blue. Really wish they'd make that finish again!
     
  3. Benjammin

    Benjammin Senior Member

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    blocked
     
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    RangerJay Glam Bastard Premium Member

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    For a 6-screw trem, 4 springs just decked, so it will move (10-46s). For a modern 2-point trem, 4 springs floating (9s or 10s). I find 3 springs too "wishy washy." Four springs is more firm and exacting for my playing.
     
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    Mule Train Senior Member

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    Finished Fat (37).jpg

    Squier Trans Fat HH stays in tune all day, better than my MIM Tele without a vibrato, I love it. Heavy body but balanced well.
     
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    RichBrew Senior Member

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    That, plus all five springs in place.
     
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  7. VicodinDream

    VicodinDream Senior Member

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    My ancient MIM with the noiseless pickups, and Clapton boost- Blocked, with the springs loose, and a steel block.
    My only other MIM- Decked. I find floating to be a PITA with large hands and chronic tendonitis.
     
  8. Logan Tyler

    Logan Tyler Junior Member

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    On my strat? I go floating with 4 springs where I can bend the G a whole step up to an A :thumb:
     
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    Mowgli5555 Senior Member

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    I voted in 2017.

    All Strats are floating about 1/2-1 full step. 6 screw vintage trems, 3 springs (random patterns), 10-46 gauge strings. Josh
     
  10. Fuggle

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    Does anyone know definitively how Hendrix and Gilmour set theirs up?
     
  11. Benjammin

    Benjammin Senior Member

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    not the best pic, but there's 5 springs on the tremolo, that too me strongly suggests that the bridge was flat on the deck. Also, I've never heard/seen an instance of him pulling up on a whammy bar, which I can only imagine he would have done at some point, if his guitar was set up that way.

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    this is a shot of Gilmours Black strat (circa 2005), but I couldn't say definitively if he has his bridge decked or floating, but like with Hendrix (I'm a fan of both), I can't think of any example off the top of my head where he pulls up on the trem
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    http://www.gilmourish.com/?page_id=66

    https://legendarytones.com/david-gilmour/

    http://www.guitarplayer.com/artists/1013/david-gilmour-the-delicate-sound-of-thunder/12612
     
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    dsmcl77 Senior Member

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    Floating, but I hate the darn thing.
     
  13. Freddy G

    Freddy G V.I.P. Member

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    The proper way. Floating.
    I would put money on Gilmour's set-up as floating. You hear (and see) it in the way he uses the bar for vibrato.
     
  14. gibsonguitar1988

    gibsonguitar1988 Senior Member

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    Decked with 5 springs. I have a heavy right hand so floating tremolos are my worst enemy.
     
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    winexprt Senior Member

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    Floating. G up a minor 3rd, B full step, E half step. 3 springs.
     

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