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To whammy or not to whammy, that is the question.

Discussion in 'Stratocaster Discussion Forum' started by Antstrat, May 12, 2019.

  1. kris ford

    kris ford Strat-O-Master

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    I have mine set up for full float..and...




















    ...NEVER use the bar.:confused:
     
  2. Woodystrat

    Woodystrat Strat-Talker

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    Full floater! Hmmm...that sounds a wee nasty! :)
     
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  3. spizike231

    spizike231 Strat-Talker

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    Decked. 3 springs. Never cared for the tremolo bar.

    Been playing my Strat for a few years now.. never wanted to try it. Bends and vibratos are enough for me.
     
  4. albala

    albala Most Honored Senior Member Strat-Talk Supporter

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    the day I decked my trem is the day I fell in love with my strat
     
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  5. Andrew Wasson

    Andrew Wasson Strat-O-Master

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    Floating is my preference. If I want a hard tail I’ve got a Telecaster for that. One of the compelling features on a Strat for me is the floating bridge. All 3 of mine are set to float and all 3 stay in tune perfectly.
     
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  6. Thrup'ny Bit

    Thrup'ny Bit Grand Master Curmudgeon Strat-Talk Supporter

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    Ah the timeless Simultaneous Wangerator® question.


    Sometimes I will and then again I think I won't...:sneaky:
     
  7. Ferpie

    Ferpie Strat-Talker

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    Y’all wiggle as you wish, personally I lost the stick.
     
  8. Soul31

    Soul31 Strat-Talker

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    I float mine generally just a touch off the deck, like so you can just slide a business card in there. And I only use 3 springs so it's all very squishy. This is so if I am using the bar and I let go of it then the bridge doesn't go BANG against the deck but will be cushioned in it's landing. But I don't really ever go crazy with dive bombs or anything, I mostly use it for the shimmery/vibrato effect (think SRV's Lenny). In fact I don't even really need the bar to do this and I can remove it, I can just rock my picking hand on the bridge and I get the same effect. The higher your float the more depth the hand rock move has. Sometimes the bar is just too far away.
     
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  9. RaySachs

    RaySachs Senior Stratmaster Strat-Talk Supporter

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    I've basically always decked or blocked the strats I've had that had whammies. The reason being any time I"ve tried to actually USE a whammy bar, I could't get any sort of even remotely useable musical sounds out of it. I've been reminded of this with a few strats and then finally got a hardtail, which didn't require the process of feeling like an idiot. If I could find a musically useful way to use a whammy, I probably would. But I've never been able to pull it off, so I've always ended up quickly disabling them. I don't have any problem getting a very stratty sound out of my Cray hardtail...

    -Ray
     
  10. Tone Quest

    Tone Quest Senior Stratmaster

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    I don't whammy.
     
  11. Brian H

    Brian H Senior Stratmaster

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    trem.....yes. it can be a big part of the style on a Strat

     
  12. holyjaguar

    holyjaguar New Member!

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    I have an`06 FSR;NPG 1v;1t,6 point mexican in red sparkle that I float on three springs;An `98 ish (Squier) sunburst flame Maple with 2 point,that I float on two springs, a purple affinity 6 point 3 springs tight ,so I can tune DOWN;The Black Showmaster "Skull",with Floyd Rose,Natch Floating,And My Favorite,my `99 Affinity in Torino red ,routed 1/8 inch for my Kahler which I LOVE,Not quite as wild as a Floyd,but Darned Near.I have others but these are my Fender/Squier Tremolos,( I have 1 more fender and4 non Fender Trems.Oh,and a couple of Pauls,1 F.R.,one Kahler,So I`m mostly a Whammer I guess
     
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