2-point vs. 6-point

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  1. Silverman

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    What do you think? from those who have extensive experience with both, is there a difference?

    Myself, I prefer the 2-point. I've had better luck with floating-trem guitars staying in tune with the 2-pointer. Of course, my experience is limited to only a few examples, one of which was a Classic Vibe, so take it for what its worth.
     
  2. Thrup'ny Bit

    Thrup'ny Bit Grand Master Curmudgeon

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    Once they're set up properly, there's no difference at all. My preference is for the vintage.
     
  3. Malurkey

    Malurkey Senior Stratmaster

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    I have one of each. Both work fine. :thumb:
     
  4. SpeedKing

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    Thrup'ny Bit has said it already.

    Likewise my preference is for the vintage ... it looks like a strat should look.
     
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    6 screw just looks right but the 2 screw has always been smoother for me.
     
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    sadmoodyfrazier Senior Stratmaster

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    2 pivots or the PRS version of 6 screws which is very hard to let go out of tune if setup properly. Also it's better looking and working as a floating bridge even if parallel to the body. The "Fender" 6 screws system is an obsolete kind of thing and very stupid to use these modern days, honestly.
     
  7. Thrup'ny Bit

    Thrup'ny Bit Grand Master Curmudgeon

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    Buy a PRS, oh, you already did. :p
     
  8. sadmoodyfrazier

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    This is one of the reasons why I say that. Better than the PRS kind of thing would be the PRS tremolo with 2 big pivots even if the PRS design is almost flawless. I think that when I'll have the money I will take a Floyd Rose PRS. Trust me... it's very hard to keep my other guitars since I've got my PRS.
     
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  9. BigNorm

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    I have both and love both. They are deck with 4 springs but usable. I also have a PRS SE Custom, with 6 screws, also deck and usable. None of the 3 have tuning issues.
     
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    I like them all :)
     
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    Thomann sells Göldo notched trem screws so you can PRS your strat trem. I tried them, works fine, and is an improvement.
     
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    I've never owned a 2 pt but both my Fender strats have floating 6 pt's and can honestly say they stay in tune really well; I use the trems extensively.
    I'll also add one has locking tuners and the other doesn't.
     
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    I have a two point. So I’m not stupid...whew!!
     
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  14. Chont

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    I prefer the look of the vintage and being able to take all the strings off without having to deal with the loose, un-anchored bridge but I have both and neither are better than the other when all set up.
     
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    Hi folks!
    In my experience, 2 point is smoother and more stable for floating use when new. But it is more problematic over time (when the sharp edges get dull or the pivot get loose in the wood). It is a good system but it just needs more maintenance.
    For decked use and if it is set properly, the 6 points is very stable too, and last long without too much care.
    Personally, I keep a well maintained 2 points and low action guitar for more modern playing style and a decked 6 point with hard springs and higher action for the blues things.
     
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    Good thing about 2 point is that it can be raised and lowered on their pivots while 6-screw cant.
    Other than that, they both work ok, but i prefer the looks of the 6 screw.
     
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    What about that 1954 Strat which was the most perfect thing a while ago?
     
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    I prefer 6 screws. Never had a problem with them.

    It never ceases to amaze me how this design is still so efficient for many applications. Leo got uses out of it that he probably did not imagine, such was his simple, elegant genius. He certainly got way more mileage out of what he initially intended to do.

    If you imagine that it covers anything from gentle 50's vibrato, to the signature Hank Marvin technique, to wild Hendrix abusing it, to Eddie Van Halen dive bombing and having a ball, it is really amazing. Set up correctly, it renders a Floyd Rose almost unnecessary, unless one really makes a point of incorporating extreme dive bombs and complete detuning string floppiness into their style.

    The traditional Strat tremolo bridge, with wide string spacing, is everything I need in terms of whammy bar uses. Many (if not most) guitars don't even have this option, so to me it's even a luxury.
     
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    6 point
     
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  20. Seamus OReally

    Seamus OReally Buried alive in the blues Gold Supporting Member

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    I think you should be more careful about using the word “stupid.” A properly set up six-screw bridge works exactly like a two-post, as Mr. Bit stated above.