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Does anyone not use the wammy/trem bar?

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    coltpeacemaker Strat-Talk Member

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    G/day all again im just wondering how many of you guys use the trem bar? I hardly use mine and im thinking of taking it off! But a part off me thinks this is wrong like id be disrespecting the old girl! So how many of you have removed it?:eek:
     
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    CB91710 This is a Custom Title Gold Member Strat-Talk Supporter

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    My '17 still has the sticker over the hole.
    Half of my guitars have a trem, but I rarely use it.
     
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    axejock Senior Stratmaster

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    All of my Strats have the tremolo, and I keep them all active but do not use them much at all. I rarely even install the trem handle when playing!
     
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    felis Senior Stratmaster

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    Arm's off and bridge plate decked on my Springy (Strat type), never use it, until I got a 'fixed' vib system on my latest (not Strat type) guitar and find myself starting to use that one!
     
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    CigBurn Dr. Stratster Strat-Talk Supporter

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    I keep them in and ready, but am a pretty infrequent user of them. Depends entirely on the song.
     
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    sonny wolf Senior Stratmaster

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    For my style of straight up Blues and old school Rock n Roll I don't need it.I never insert the trem bar into the bridge plate.I deck the bridge flat against the body and set up 5 springs...pretty much like a hardtail.I hate using a tremolo on a Strat and have it go out of tune midway through a song so I'd rather not use one when playing live.
     
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    Thrup'ny Bit Grand Master Curmudgeon Strat-Talk Supporter

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    I'm sure I could find a wangerator® if I needed one, I think I saw one in a drawer sometime last year. I just use the heel of my hand when needed.
     
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    Stratoholic Senior Stratmaster

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    I use it when necessary.
     
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    TangerineDog Senior Stratmaster

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    I never used it much, had even blocked the trem on one of mine.
    Didn't bother to do that on the next one and I've just floated the bridge of the other one this week so I could play this on both of them.
    I can only find one wangerator® though so it switches places a lot.

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    coltpeacemaker Strat-Talk Member

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    ok i have to ask i was concidering blocking it off with a snug bit off wood but ive heard ppl talk about pinning the bridge hard flat to the body! also im embarssed to ask as i should know, what does it mean when it full floating? does it have some sort of anti gravity property? lol
     
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    TangerineDog Senior Stratmaster

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    Floating means you can bend the pitch both up and down.

    You can use wood, but tightening the screws (Not too far, just until a little more resistance comes in!) and folding cardboard to stick between the trem block and the body cavity is more than sufficient.
     
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    Red Bread Strat-Talker

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    Not really
    And i dont float my trems i like them flush
    That said,,,i leave the bars in and when i feel the vibe jump on that sucker!
    Ya never know when it might just sound right or im running out of notes and just need to kick the strat in the guts
    I dont drive like a nut anymore,,,,,but sometimes i gota hear the ole V8 scream
     
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    I’ve never found a useful purpose for the trem in my playing. For the first 40 years I played a strat, I always decked or blocked the trem and keep the bar in the case. For the past couple of years I’ve been playing a hardtail Robert Cray model. Wish I’d had a hardtail the whole time...
     
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    coltpeacemaker Strat-Talk Member

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    Also im thinking about swapping out the bridge for one off those solid block ones! has anyone found them better regarding tuning stablity and sustain?
     

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    circles Resident Pinball Enthusiast Strat-Talk Supporter

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    Well, it's 90 percent of the reason I bought a Strat, so no.
     
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    s5tuart Perfecting time travel since 2525 Strat-Talk Supporter

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    If I knew how to use it properly I think I would.
    But I can't, so I won't.
    (but I still have it on just in case I get a flash of inspiration)
     
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    Alan Crossley Senior Stratmaster

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    Yes. And I have never used one.
     
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    Erik_C Strat-Talk Member

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    I never use it.
     
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    Removed it? It's hardly ever been ON any of my guitars, LOL :)

    IMHO, some people are very good at using whammy bars, and some music is well suited to it.

    So, someone very good at it, playing some surf music, for example, can be a delight to listen to.

    But jump on YouTube and watch all these folks play a chord then, seemingly not knowing what else to do as they stare vacantly with a sort of half-terror at the camera, then wiggle their whammy bar in a ham-fisted, non-musical kind of way and I'm like... yeah... I don't need to be following that example. It's generally not adding anything.

    TL;DR - whammy bars have their place, for the right music, by the right players. But generally they're overrated to hell.
     
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