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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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    Sep 4, 2018
    Scotland
    Stiff, slack or in the drawer?
    And why?
     
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  2. heltershelton

    heltershelton ASKED TO LEAVE THE STAGE Strat-Talk Supporter

    Jun 5, 2013
    Not Florida
    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

    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

    May 11, 2018
    Illinois
    Generally, I like them best unscrewed and in the guitar case.
     

  5. Coxon2323

    Coxon2323 Strat-Talker

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    Scotland
    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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  6. jaybones

    jaybones Most Honored Senior Member Strat-Talk Supporter

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

  7. Strat Jacket

    Strat Jacket Senior Stratmaster

    May 11, 2018
    Illinois
    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

    Age:
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    118
    Sep 4, 2018
    Scotland
    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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  9. rolandson

    rolandson Most Honored Senior Member

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

    Bob the builder Senior Stratmaster

    Age:
    58
    May 2, 2016
    Cranston, Rhode Island
    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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  11. Thrup'ny Bit

    Thrup'ny Bit Grand Master Curmudgeon Strat-Talk Supporter

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    May 21, 2010
    Sheffield, UK
    Fried with onions and served with chips and hot chili sauce.

    Or was that steak?
     

  12. Strat Jacket

    Strat Jacket Senior Stratmaster

    May 11, 2018
    Illinois
    That's disgusting...
     

  13. newplayeroldguy

    newplayeroldguy in the wind

    May 12, 2015
    north and east
    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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  14. RaySachs

    RaySachs Strat-O-Master Silver Member

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    771
    Jun 25, 2017
    Philly area
    I don't. Hence, a hardtail...
     

  15. WireLine

    WireLine Strat-Talk Member

    90
    Apr 20, 2014
    Midland TX
    Drawer...any attempt to use the trem on any of my strats would just end up ripping wood up.
     
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  16. Coxon2323

    Coxon2323 Strat-Talker

    Age:
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    118
    Sep 4, 2018
    Scotland
    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

    Class A Knob Strat-O-Master

    625
    Nov 25, 2017
    California
    Whatever returns it to tuning
     
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  18. stevierayfan91

    stevierayfan91 Dog WhispereR Strat-Talk Supporter

    Feb 20, 2011
    Private.
    Canceled question.
     
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  19. rafasounds

    rafasounds Senior Stratmaster

    Aug 25, 2011
    Brazil
    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.
     
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  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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