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By how much do you float your bridge?

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  1. SkylineUK

    SkylineUK Strat-Talk Member

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    My local guitar tech has set up my new Fender Performer with a 4mm gap between the back of the tremolo plate and the body. It bugs me as it looks ugly - can see the block edge.

    I found this interesting video on YT showing how to go about setting up your tremolo, but it assumes you want to obtain specific pitch changes when manipulating the whammy bar - a la Jeff Beck. He's my guitar god but in my playing I only occasionally use the whammy bar for the odd 'wobble' flourish here and there, more a la Hank Marvin. Fender spec is 3.2 mm 1/8".

    I followed the instructions in the video below and ended up with the same 4mm gap my tech had done.

    How do you set yours up?

     
  2. 79olympicwhite

    79olympicwhite Strat-Talker

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    None but l rarely use the whammy. Only for Hendrix style feedback
     
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  3. ido1957

    ido1957 Senior Stratmaster

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    No idea - my luthier set it up and it works. I can get my strings through the back plate into the slots without dickin around with the whammy bar to make it line up (which I did before he fixed it.
     
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  4. fezz parka

    fezz parka Making a record.... Strat-Talk Supporter

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    This much:

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    I pull up on it a lot, and I want those pitch changes ( 3 half steps on the G, 2 on the B, 1 on the E) like Beck does. :)
     
  5. abnormaltoy

    abnormaltoy Mouth breathin' knuckle dragger Strat-Talk Supporter

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    1/8 inch
     
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  6. Yves

    Yves Most Honored Senior Member

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    I'm not a whammy fanatic so that's what I settled with.
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  7. StratSounds

    StratSounds Senior Stratmaster

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    I like the Fender spec 1/8th inch float.
     
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    jungle faced jake Strat-Talker

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    I can bend up the first string one semitone.
     
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  9. Namelyguitar

    Namelyguitar Most Honored Senior Member Strat-Talk Supporter

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    Lighter effect for me, and dive bombs I limit to my Floyd Rose Trem.

    My S-type (4) current choices are: Wilkinson bridge, Floyd Rose, decked, and HH hardtail.
     
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    3bolt79 Senior Stratmaster

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    WTH a Floyd rose, so that I can pull up a fourth, and with fender 6 hole trem, I set it to pull up from low E to G, and that takes about an 8th f an inch.
     
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  11. Biddlin

    Biddlin Senior Stratmaster

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    I float mine about 3mm (1/8").
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  12. longboard blues

    longboard blues Strat-Talker

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    couple of mm tops, to allow me to add a mild shimmer.
     
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    This. I never have the whammy bar installed- just use the heel of my hand for some occasional shimmer.
     
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    hexnut Strat-Talker

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    I set mine at .100, A little under 1/8.
     
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    Jeff Beck style for me
     
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    JB74 Senior Stratmaster

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    exactly to factory spec on both. I altered springs to change the response so both have a different recoil..
     
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  17. amstratnut

    amstratnut Peace thru Music. Strat-Talk Supporter

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    rolandson Still Breathing Strat-Talk Supporter

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    Between 1/8" and 3/16" just by looking. I don't use rulers or micrometers on my stringed instruments. I use my fingers.
     
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    Chief101 Senior Stratmaster

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    None, zero, zip, nada, squat, zilch - 5 springs, max tension Stopped just short of blocking.

    I don’t even know where my trem bars are.
     
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