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How do you like your Tremolo Arms?

Discussion in 'Stratocaster Discussion Forum' started by Coxon2323, Oct 9, 2018.

  1. Coxon2323

    Coxon2323 Strat-Talker

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    Stiff, slack or in the drawer?
    And why?
     
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  2. heltershelton

    heltershelton BANNED Strat-Talk Supporter

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    i like them slack where they fall away when not in use.
    why? so i dont have to push it down when im done using it.
     
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  3. carver

    carver The East Coast Strangler Strat-Talk Supporter

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    tucked away in a drawer.

    because I dont like Trems all that much. I like to bend and bend and bend, and when a trem pushes against what my hands want to do, then its just simply not for me.

    now. there was a time when I was all about the Kramers from the 80s and the floyd rose. I usually had them in there pretty slack so they would fall with gravity if I wasnt using them. the reason. I guess I was just used to reaching down and scooping the bar back up. thats all. I also figure it has something to do with not having a bar in your way when you are ripping around.

    these days, Im all hard tail. seriously. I have the hardest tail here. nicest butt on the forum.
     
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  4. Strat Jacket

    Strat Jacket Senior Stratmaster

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    Generally, I like them best unscrewed and in the guitar case.
     
  5. Coxon2323

    Coxon2323 Strat-Talker

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    A few of yous already saying you like them off the guitar. I suppose you don't get tuning problems that way..
     
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    jaybones Dr. Stratster Strat-Talk Supporter

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    I like them to be able to fall away with a flick of my fingers when I'm done using it.
     
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    Strat Jacket Senior Stratmaster

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    I rarely use it. A decked trem stays in tune much better, so if not planning to use it, it's far more convenient. Plus, it doesn't get in the way when trying to case the guitar.
     
  8. Coxon2323

    Coxon2323 Strat-Talker

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    Yes my tremolo is decked for that very reason. I can still use it for down motions only, seems an ideal set-up.
     
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    rolandson Still Breathing Strat-Talk Supporter

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    lightly seasoned with garlic and a touch of pepper.
     
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    Bob the builder Senior Stratmaster

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    I just recently changed from decked. Not so sure I like it. My hand sits way too heavy on the bridge. I'm working on it so we'll see
     
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    Thrup'ny Bit Grand Master Curmudgeon Strat-Talk Supporter

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    Fried with onions and served with chips and hot chili sauce.

    Or was that steak?
     
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    Strat Jacket Senior Stratmaster

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    That's disgusting...
     
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    I think mine is in the case, but it may be in a drawer. It doesn't matter, as long as it's out of the way.
     
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    I don't. Hence, a hardtail...
     
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    Drawer...any attempt to use the trem on any of my strats would just end up ripping wood up.
     
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    Coxon2323 Strat-Talker

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    I am going to play my strat tonight with my Mustang GT Amp on setting 74 Blues rock and setting 89 Experienced(Hendrix tone)
    The tremolo might be used sparsely after ringing chords, it will dive the pitch down then up again.
    I hardly ever use it for single notes as it is not really effective this way and any hard use might result in some de-tuning. Maybe I'll take it clean off in the future.
     
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  17. Class A Knob

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    Whatever returns it to tuning
     
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  18. stevierayfan91

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    Canceled question.
     
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    rafasounds Senior Stratmaster

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    I like guitars with tremolo (strats) and guitars with fixed bridges (teles and, to a lesser extent, les pauls). To me it makes no sense playing a Strat and not making use of the wonderful possibilities of a tremolo. I love the sound of the Strat per se, but the tremolo is what makes it such a rich instrument, full of possibilities, in my opinion.

    On my strats I like the bridge with a bit of float, not too much (less than a minor third upwards on the G). I like the whammy bar stiff, not spinning around freely, so that I can grab it fast for gentle vibratos. When I'm done I leave it where it is and it doesn't get in the way of my playing.

    On a Tele, I play differently. I like the fixed bridge for several reasons.
     
  20. Lonn

    Lonn Mod Admin Staff Member Strat-Talk Supporter

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    Slack, but I also like it bent so the tip is not sticking up 3 inches above the pickguard. I like it low, maybe 1.5 inches.
     
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