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Floating or decked bridge a la Hendrix on Amercan Special Strat 2010

Discussion in 'Stratocaster Discussion Forum' started by jalexquijano, Sep 3, 2010.

  1. jalexquijano

    jalexquijano Strat-Talk Member

    Did Jimi Hendrix had his woodstock strat bridge decked or floating. I just bought this guitar and was wondering if i should leave it floating? I am also planning on changin the tuners to Fender Vintage F style

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  2. woodsie831

    woodsie831 Senior Stratmaster

    Feb 20, 2010
    I can't tell. send it to me and i'll take a better look at it. Seriously, that's a beautiful guitar, congratulations. It's really a matter of preference. i like to float mine but i also only have two guitars so i change tuning sometimes and it's a little bit of a pain to do it with a floating bridge, so i decked mine. I'm honestly not sure what JH did.
  3. bluesky636

    bluesky636 Strat-O-Master

    Apr 5, 2010
    Geeez. Four of your six posts are asking about whether you should float or deck your trem. Everyone that has answered has said it is a matter of personal preference and there is no right/wrong answer. Just pick one way to do it. If you don't like it, try the other way. You have to make up your own mind which is best for you. :rolleyes:
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  5. ToneRanger

    ToneRanger Most Honored Senior Member

    Jun 8, 2009
    Area 51
    Pretty sure Hendrix decked his - 5 springs on his trem, so that's a pretty good sign it was decked.
    I could never make up my mind which I liked better - so now I have 2 strats decked and 2 floating, so whichever mood strikes I have a guitar to grab...
  6. monwobobbo

    monwobobbo Strat-O-Master

    Aug 30, 2010
    scottsville ny usa
    hendrix had his trems float just watch live concert video and you'll seem him pull up a hair to unbind his strings. i prefer floating and haven't really had any problems. it can only pull up a little but htat does help keep it in tune durig heavy whammy use.
  7. IvegotGAS

    IvegotGAS Senior Stratmaster

    May 13, 2010
    Hey bud you really shouldn't start a thread and ask the same question every time. If you still have questions you ask them in your original thread which will bump it to the top, members will read it and answer if they can.
  8. jflintmac

    jflintmac Most Honored Senior Member Strat-Talk Supporter

    May 2, 2010
    You still can pull up on a decked bridge to check tuning. I keep mine decked and can still get a slight warble out of it if I pull up.
  9. benjammin420

    benjammin420 Strat-Talker

    Dec 5, 2009
    Vancouver, BC
    I like a floating bridge, I'm not positive what Hendrix prefered, I can't think of any ovbious examples of him using the bar to raise pitch, but who knows. I say follow your heart

    by the way, when did they start making white Specials? that looks great!
  10. pretender

    pretender Strat-Talk Member

    Jul 6, 2008
    Devon UK
    I have used mine floating but find that I can get the action a tad lower with it decked, and for my modest use it works fine, also i believe that if decked and a string breaks the others don't lose tuning. I stand to be corrected...Also if playing rythmn and holding the bar I don't get unwanted vibrato. Nice guitar!

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