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Old August 3rd, 2011, 07:21 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Floating or one-way trem use

I know from reading posts here that alot of players like to set up their trems to float for a two-way action, but does anyone like to keep the trem decked and use it one-way, down only? If so, what spring count do you prefer - 3,4, or 5 springs?

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Old August 3rd, 2011, 07:34 AM   #2 (permalink)
 
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I've tried myriad ways of setting up my trems. My favorite is to have a tiny bit of backward pull available so that if something goes out of tune during a dive, I can pull it back in tune by pulling up.

If the trem is decked, you can't do that as well.
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Old August 3rd, 2011, 07:44 AM   #3 (permalink)
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I've tried myriad ways of setting up my trems. My favorite is to have a tiny bit of backward pull available so that if something goes out of tune during a dive, I can pull it back in tune by pulling up.

If the trem is decked, you can't do that as well.
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works best for me, too (Blackmore Strat).
On my Floyd Charvel I like it decked.

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Old August 3rd, 2011, 08:12 AM   #4 (permalink)
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my trem is completely down - i use 5 springs. thats on all my strats 5 springs
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Old August 3rd, 2011, 08:23 AM   #5 (permalink)
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On my Floyd Charvel I like it decked.

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Old August 3rd, 2011, 08:32 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Floating is the only way to go...

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Old August 3rd, 2011, 08:43 AM   #7 (permalink)
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Float man Float! That's what these were designed for. They are incredible when set up properly and I never have tuning issues. I'm also heavy handed. You'll hear everyones story. You have to decide. Good Luck!
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Old August 3rd, 2011, 09:29 AM   #8 (permalink)
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I used to always deck mine with 4 or 5 springs, but as my wrists have gotten more sore and carpul tunnel has started to set in, I have moved to lighter strings, (back to 9s from 11s) I have found that 3 will get the job done. I dont really care for the whammy bar that much though, I havent found a real use for it that doesnt sound cliche.
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Old August 3rd, 2011, 10:17 AM   #9 (permalink)
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I can't stand floating trems. I like 4 springs with the claw fully tightened. I use 11's, just recently switched from 10's.
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Old August 3rd, 2011, 10:51 AM   #10 (permalink)
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Floating... There is no such electric guitar with a non floating trem. and I'm always right.
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It's kind of a hassle to go through the process of floating a strat bridge and getting everything working properly, but I do it. Not because I'm a vibrato lover (a little now and then is nice) but because it's there on my strat, and it's one of the things that makes a stratocaster a stratocaster.
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Old August 3rd, 2011, 02:44 PM   #12 (permalink)
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Deck mine. Like it better that way, rarely use the trem if at all. Probably should just block mine.
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Old August 3rd, 2011, 03:04 PM   #13 (permalink)
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My favorite is to have a tiny bit of backward pull available so that if something goes out of tune during a dive, I can pull it back in tune by pulling up.
Same here.
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Old August 3rd, 2011, 03:09 PM   #14 (permalink)
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I only use it for a bit of subtle vibrato here and there, so I keep it decked for simplicity of setup. Tuning is a bit more stable that way for me. YMMV

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Old August 3rd, 2011, 03:20 PM   #15 (permalink)
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If you are going to float it, you might as well have it float both up and down. More for a more fluid feel for light vibrato, but also for some resetting if you went wild with dive bombing. It usually snaps back in tune.
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Old August 3rd, 2011, 03:24 PM   #16 (permalink)
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I used to always deck mine with 4 or 5 springs, but as my wrists have gotten more sore and carpul tunnel has started to set in, I have moved to lighter strings, (back to 9s from 11s) I have found that 3 will get the job done. I dont really care for the whammy bar that much though, I havent found a real use for it that doesnt sound cliche.
Thanks for the replies everyone!

@ blasphemoustrat - how do you find that this helps your ct? Is it just switching to the lighter guage strings, or the fact that the fewer springs lets the bridge dive a little bit when you bend the strings, being more pliable to play? Do you still keep the trem decked with the fewer springs or is it floating a bit now. I ask this becaue I suffer from Dequervain's in my fretting wrist. Thanks.
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I like to float mine about 1/8, it stays in tune better that way and I get more sustain.
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Old August 3rd, 2011, 05:01 PM   #18 (permalink)
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It's kind of a hassle to go through the process of floating a strat bridge and getting everything working properly, but I do it. Not because I'm a vibrato lover (a little now and then is nice) but because it's there on my strat, and it's one of the things that makes a stratocaster a stratocaster.
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Old August 3rd, 2011, 05:01 PM   #19 (permalink)
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I like to float mine about 1/8, it stays in tune better that way and I get more sustain.
Its true in fact I think thats what fender recomends you do it says it on there website. the other plus I have noticed is that I have yet to break a string while floating my trem except once but that was because the strings were really old and I didn't have it set up properly.
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Old August 3rd, 2011, 05:01 PM   #20 (permalink)
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I recently purchased a used MIM 70s reissue strat. My first tweek was to add a couple of springs (5) to keep the trem down. That's just how I like it. Nice guitar.
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