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How do you like your Tremolo Arms?

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

  1. chrimturn

    chrimturn Senior Stratmaster Strat-Talk Supporter

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    Enough tension that it’ll stay wherever I put it. I used to leave it floppy with no spring, but not anymore. I use it too much now that I got tired of reaching for it.
     
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    CigBurn Most Honored Senior Member Strat-Talk Supporter

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    Slack but not sloppy, and bent down a bit so the arm is nearly parallel with the body. Easier to flick it out of the way with the pinky for me.
     
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  3. Johnny Danger

    Johnny Danger Senior Stratmaster

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    You might be surprised. I put my cheapie chinese trem to floating from decked on my Squier CV and it stayed in tune better than ever. Did not add any lube to the nut, string tree, saddles, anything. Everything else being equal it held tune better than before. (EDIT: Didn't even change the strings.) I had the AVRI I just bought set up the same way and it's equally stable. Four springs on the CV, three on the AVRI.

    That said, there are downsides. Drop D? Give me a minute... Any alternate tuning? Maybe don't bother? :D And when you bend a note, the other fretted note will go flat. But hey, isn't this all what Teles are for?
     
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  4. Ebidis

    Ebidis Providing the world with flat bends since 1985 Strat-Talk Supporter

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    I've always thought so. :thumb:
     
  5. albala

    albala Most Honored Senior Member Strat-Talk Supporter

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    I have a collection of them standing in a wicker basket with other parts

    As soon as I decked my trem and took off the arm, I fell in love with my strat
     
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  6. tery

    tery Most Honored Senior Member Strat-Talk Supporter

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    I like mine off :thumb:
     
  7. Ebidis

    Ebidis Providing the world with flat bends since 1985 Strat-Talk Supporter

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    I like mine in a drawer. I find when I have a trem on my guitar, I can't not use it. It's like a crutch.

    And I don't care what anyone says, or how much they rant, a floating trem does not stay in tune as well as a hard tail. It just doesn't.
     
  8. Miotch

    Miotch Senior Stratmaster

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    I "like" them slack-ish, but with a decent chance they'll stay where I turn it. But where you'll normally find them is still in the case. Which is kind of funny because of all the time I put in getting my floating bridge's perfect. And all of mine float, except during gigs when I block them so they will dive only (in case I break a string during a song). I pull the little rubber blocks back out after the gig.
     
  9. brians

    brians Senior Stratmaster

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    I am mixed up badly over this issue. I believe a Strat should have a trem bar, BUT I hardly ever use it. It stays in the case 99.9% of the time. And my bridge is set floating ( I don't have tuning issues ) so I really should deck my bridges but something in my head says no. No rational explanation for this , my music does really never require use of the trem, but I love other guitarists that use it properly. Guess maybe after all these years I never have found a real need for it but its always there in the case, in case
     
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    felis Senior Stratmaster

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    Drawer, my amp has AM/FM option (deminishing tuning problems). :D;)
     
  11. Tone Quest

    Tone Quest Senior Stratmaster

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    I don't use the tremolo. It resides in the case.
     
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    aiabx Strat-O-Master

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    Stiff. I like to have it on hand for some songs, and I want to be there when I reach for it and not have to look around and see where it's got to.
     
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    henderman Most Honored Senior Member Strat-Talk Supporter

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    just enough so they are not loose and swinging and stay where I let go.
     
  14. Coxon2323

    Coxon2323 Strat-Talker

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    Do you like the tremolo to be hard to push down or easy and with no effort to push down.
    Mine is a 3 spring decked tremolo and it is an effort to push down... what do yous like?
    And how do springs relate to tuning stability?
    I hear a lot that the less strings you have the less stable? G strings have pop out of tune easier, what are your experiences?
     
  15. Thrup'ny Bit

    Thrup'ny Bit Grand Master Curmudgeon Strat-Talk Supporter

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    It depends which guitar I'm playing.
     
  16. Coxon2323

    Coxon2323 Strat-Talker

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    Your Stratocaster(s)?
     
  17. Thrup'ny Bit

    Thrup'ny Bit Grand Master Curmudgeon Strat-Talk Supporter

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    Yes. They have different bridges and set ups.
     
  18. Coxon2323

    Coxon2323 Strat-Talker

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    I can't justify buying 2 of the same guitars but I guess you get the best of a decked and a floated Stratocaster.
     
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    guitartwonk Strat-O-Master

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    "If it ain't stiff, it ain't worth a ----" ;):p
     
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  20. Thrup'ny Bit

    Thrup'ny Bit Grand Master Curmudgeon Strat-Talk Supporter

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    I've played Strats a long time, I've always had a spare. Not easy to play if your guitar breaks half way through a gig.
     
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