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Floating a Strat Plus Bridge

Discussion in 'Tech-Talk' started by Fender Phil, Oct 12, 2018 at 1:36 AM.

  1. Fender Phil

    Fender Phil Strat-Talker

    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?
     

  2. fezz parka

    fezz parka Strat-Talk Supporter

    Apr 21, 2011
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    Then set it to lock.

    I think the Strat Plus came with a Hipshot Tremsetter.
     
    Last edited: Oct 12, 2018 at 4:35 AM

  3. Jason99

    Jason99 Senior Stratmaster

    Mar 26, 2014
    Los Angeles
    Isn’t a tremol-no designed to prevent the bridge from floating?
     

  4. fezz parka

    fezz parka Strat-Talk Supporter

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    Its meant to lock the bridge in place. Kinda like the old lock button on the Jazzmaster style vibrato.
     
    Last edited: Oct 12, 2018 at 4:47 AM
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  5. Jason99

    Jason99 Senior Stratmaster

    Mar 26, 2014
    Los Angeles
    He’s got a tremol-no in his guitar. Could that be causing his problems?
     

  6. fezz parka

    fezz parka Strat-Talk Supporter

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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.
     

  7. Jason99

    Jason99 Senior Stratmaster

    Mar 26, 2014
    Los Angeles
    Ok. He’s just using the wrong word.
     
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  8. fezz parka

    fezz parka Strat-Talk Supporter

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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.
     

  9. Jason99

    Jason99 Senior Stratmaster

    Mar 26, 2014
    Los Angeles
    Sounds cool. In this situation that the OP is in, YouTube is going to be the best resource?
     
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  10. fezz parka

    fezz parka Strat-Talk Supporter

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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. :)
     

  11. Fender Phil

    Fender Phil Strat-Talker

    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.
     

  12. gonzo

    gonzo Senior Stratmaster

    Dec 4, 2009
    POWDERVILLE, UTAH
    Vai actually uses (2) tremsetters at once

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