Do you float your trem.

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  1. Bob the builder

    Bob the builder Most Honored Senior Member

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    Clapton's are decked & blocked from the factory
     
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    nuculer terrist Senior Stratmaster

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    Blocked because a strat is like a tele, but different. I even think a blocked strat with springs sounds different than a hardtail strat
     
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    You don't find that 9s sound thin? I played 9s for a long time, then decided to move up and found the tone to be bigger, for lack of a better word. I currently string my strat with 11s, tuned to E flat and they feel great. Maybe it's all in my mind. :)
     
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    I just tried floating mine for the 5th time. No luck , goes flat after mild vibrato and the system just seems tight , not springy like my mim standard. If I’m gonna float it I might have a professional do it.
     
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    Andrew Wasson Senior Stratmaster

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    Ive been following a few threads where you’ve expressed some frustration getting the float to work right. I’m sorry we’re not in the same vicinity, otherwise I’d pack up a couple of mine for you to try out to see if you like the way they’re setup. They’re all different Strats (Eric Johnson, 94 MIM, CP60’s) but the feel is very similar between the three. The 2-point on the CP60’s is the smoothest. They all stay in tune as well but I do use cocoanut oil on all contact points and on the nut.
     
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    ha, I didn’t even know it meant volume specifically. Something just tremoloed, ya know
     
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    Hey thanks Andrew I appreciate it that .
     
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    Hudman_1 Strat-O-Master

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    I hear absolutely no tonal difference. It plays far easier - full step bends are effortless. I use 10’s on my Les Paul and SG. 9’s with a floating tremolo feels similar to the 10’s on my Gibsons.

    Billy Gibbons gets monster tone with 7’s. He said he switched to light gauge strings after meeting BB King. BB used 8’s. He said:
    “BB King strummed my guitar, looked at me rather quizzically and said, ‘Why you working so hard?’”
     
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    I’ve got opposite ends of the spectrum so I’m probably not one to be giving out advice here - two squiers are blocked and my MIM strat has a Floyd rose on it. I’m thinking about putting in a big brass block on the Squier SE just so I have one of each (blocked, FR and floating two-point). I may be fooling myself, but I have to say that the blocks seem to help with sustain - so if you’re heavy on the wiggle stick, keep it floating but otherwise try blocking and see how you like it?
     
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    guitartwonk Senior Stratmaster

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    Easy. He'd play whatever was put in front of him, however set up, however tuned, and still make it sound like Jimi.
     
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    If your just getting started, and want to take playing seriously, there are so many other things that are much more important to focus on, than using a floating tree, sometimes people use that as a gimmick instead of establishing their own feel. In my opinion, getting your fingers on that fretboard, and getting your left and right hands to work together as one, is perhaps one of the things, I would recommend to someone who wants to move onward and upward. I dont know how long you've been playing, but, I would focus on the basics first, before adding on additional things which take time to develop, just my thoughts. If you do it, you might enjoy it, but think long term.
     
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    Im sorry to cut in on your post, but Stevie Ray had no interest in sounding like Jimi, none. He had his own thing, which was good enough. If you want to know the real deal, it was Duane Allman that blew his mind.
    Thats what he would tell you if he were here today.
     
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    eclecticsynergy Senior Stratmaster

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    I float mine; always have.

    IMO that's the best setup except for those who break strings often.
     
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    Some floating some down to the body, some blocked.
     
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    Rory Gallagher had great tone and he used the Wanger
    The trem needs to be set right.
    SRV played alot of Jimi covers, not so many Allman stuff
     
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    I kinda agree with you.
    But it's a strat
    I started with it decked. Then after a little bit I thought why not give it a try.
    Realized my hand was too heavy on the bridge.
    Had to consciously work at adjusting, & it took awhile.
    I think float it, leave the stick out for now.
    Get the right touch then add the stick when you're ready
     
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    I think finding the right feel is very important for feeling inspired. If learning a simple tweak and exploring it may be very valuable.
     
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    Float them only if I intend on using the trem and thats only its set up properly with locking tuners. Thats two out of seven strat style guitars at the moment.
     
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