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Floating or one-way trem use

Discussion in 'Stratocaster Discussion Forum' started by bonefamily, Aug 3, 2011.

  1. bonefamily

    bonefamily Strat-Talker

    Nov 2, 2009
    central Ohio
    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?

  2. mw13068

    mw13068 Most Honored Senior Member Strat-Talk Supporter

    Jul 29, 2009
    Ithaca, NY
    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.

  3. Robins

    Robins Dr. Stratster Strat-Talk Supporter

    Dec 22, 2010

    works best for me, too (Blackmore Strat).
    On my Floyd Charvel I like it decked.


  4. kfeaster628

    kfeaster628 Strat-Talker

    Dec 30, 2010
    Central PA
    my trem is completely down - i use 5 springs. thats on all my strats 5 springs :)

  5. Teleblaster_1

    Teleblaster_1 Strat-Talker

    Jun 13, 2009
    Chandler, AZ
    Floyds, dive only, D-Tuna!!

  6. Vintage59

    Vintage59 Senior Stratmaster

    Mar 31, 2010
    Lost Angeles
    Floating is the only way to go...


  7. printman73

    printman73 Strat-Talk Member

    Feb 27, 2011
    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!

  8. blasphemoustrat

    blasphemoustrat Most Honored Senior Member

    Jan 9, 2011
    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.

  9. stratomaster96

    stratomaster96 Banned

    May 28, 2011
    Connecticut, USA
    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.

  10. Stratifier

    Stratifier Senior Stratmaster

    Jul 20, 2010
    Palmers Green
    Floating... There is no such electric guitar with a non floating trem. and I'm always right.:twisted:

  11. mw13068

    mw13068 Most Honored Senior Member Strat-Talk Supporter

    Jul 29, 2009
    Ithaca, NY
    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.

  12. rgl1215

    rgl1215 Banned

    Jul 14, 2011
    Deck mine. Like it better that way, rarely use the trem if at all. Probably should just block mine.

  13. billgwx

    billgwx Strat-Talker

    Jan 23, 2011
    Centereach NY
    Same here.

  14. rdepaolo

    rdepaolo Strat-Talker

    Nov 3, 2010
    New England
    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


  15. mutato

    mutato Senior Stratmaster

    Jul 10, 2007
    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.

  16. bonefamily

    bonefamily Strat-Talker

    Nov 2, 2009
    central Ohio
    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.

  17. srvwannab

    srvwannab Senior Stratmaster

    Jan 19, 2010
    Riviera Paradise
    I like to float mine about 1/8, it stays in tune better that way and I get more sustain. :p

  18. pauljo1963

    pauljo1963 Senior Stratmaster

    Jul 30, 2010
    Melbourne Australia

    yep, there's a bit of stuffing around to get it just right, but it's worth it, set it up right and you won't have tuning problems

    Just waiting for the obligitory Carl Veheyen video of " THE CLAW " to appear !!!!

  19. candyapple67

    candyapple67 Strat-Talker

    Nov 30, 2010
    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.

  20. old7

    old7 New Member!

    Jul 23, 2011
    Rocky Face, Ga.
    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.