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Floating a Strat Plus Bridge

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  1. Fender Phil

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    Can a 1989 Strat Plus two Post bridge, that has a factory tremol-no, be set up to float?
    I have gotten just about every other bridge to do so, and stay in tune.

    I am about halfway there. What am I not understanding about a tremol-no?
     
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    Then set it to lock.

    I think the Strat Plus came with a Hipshot Tremsetter.
     
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  3. Jason99

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    Isn’t a tremol-no designed to prevent the bridge from floating?
     
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    Its meant to lock the bridge in place. Kinda like the old lock button on the Jazzmaster style vibrato.
     
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    He’s got a tremol-no in his guitar. Could that be causing his problems?
     
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    Unless someone installed it, the SP came with a Hipshot Tremsetter as original equipment. A slightly different beast than a Tremol-no.
     
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    Ok. He’s just using the wrong word.
     
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    Yep. The Tremol-no is a cool piece of kit. You can set it to lock or dive only.

    The Hipshot deal replaces a spring with the unit and you set it to a specific return point. Makes the bar a bit more stiff IMO.
     
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    Sounds cool. In this situation that the OP is in, YouTube is going to be the best resource?
     
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    The Fruda videos are the best I've seen for setting up both 2 point and trad bridges.

    I'm sure Hipshot has vids for setting the Tremsetter. :)
     
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    OK, thanks. The first problem is my old brain and terminology.

    It is very likely an original Hipshot Tremsetter. This is my first time dealing with one. I guess I wanted to know if the device allows what I am after.

    I picked up the guitar yesterday from L&M, and have 30 days to see if it is for me. It may be going back if it doesn’t offer anything I don’t already have, one way or another in my pile of guitars.

    The bridge was pretty much in lock down mode for minimal trem engagement.
    Getting a little more float and proper feel when pulling back, or simply applying slight pressure by hand is the goal.

    I will check out the videos.
     
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    Vai actually uses (2) tremsetters at once

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