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Does anyone not use the wammy/trem bar?

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    Woof! I did post a NGD thread. You must have been asleep.
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    Ash 2 piece body, Wilkinson trem, Sperzel locking tuners, ebony fretboard and Seymour Duncan SSL1 pups. :D
     
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    guitarface Senior Stratmaster

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    Never use it. Me and Eric Clapton.
     
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    jvin248 Senior Stratmaster

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    Take the bar out, get some wood blocks to block the trem. Eric Clapton approves so you're ok.

    I find the trem a time wasting distraction:
    -I'll whammy if it's there rather than actually play/practice
    -I'll spend time trying to figure out why it's out of tune
    -I'll spend more time tuning the guitar before playing or after string changes because the floating trem moves.
    -I'll play shreddy high gain songs that no one is in to any more.

    So I either Deck or Block the trem.

    I find better tone with Blocking and removing the springs and claw ...

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    I have 6 Strat's with floating tremolo's, and 1 that is decked. The decked Strat is used for alternate tuning, mainly Eb. Although I can understand that if you aren't good at adjusting saddles for string height and intonation, decking or blocking can simplify things.
     
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    coltpeacemaker Strat-Talk Member

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    Good point It certainly is iconic part of the strats hystory! I just watched Pink Floyd in Pompeii playing comftably Numb, and Gilmore destroys that wammy bar in the end solo!
     
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    coltpeacemaker Strat-Talk Member

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    That's sicky mate! I do admire someone that can really get the most from them! So you have a Ibby shreder as well?
     
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    Love that song
     
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    newplayeroldguy in the wind

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    I have one laying around somewhere, I think. I'm not going to look, though- cause I won't be using it.
     
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    henderman Most Honored Senior Member Strat-Talk Supporter

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    i have a 2010 ibanez prestige s5470. i bought it for the floyd rose type double locking trem to replace a stolen guitar that had a floyd bridge. you have to break a string to make it go out of tune so it is a blast to just go gonzo on with the bar.
     
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    3bolt79 Senior Stratmaster

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    Well, I use them very little. When I first started playing guitar, I was a Night Ranger fan, and played a lot of their tunes. Had a Floyd Rose on my strat, after I broke the arm on the factory bar by pulling up on the factory fender bar. Twenty years after, the neck cracked around each of the nuts mounting screws. It had been slowly splitting for years as I had it set to pull up a fourth. These days, now that I’ve devloped my own style, I don’t use it a lot, except for warbles and a light vibrato. No more Floyd’s for me. And my number one strat is a hardtail.
     
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    F’ckn A !!

    Epic solo
     
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    I set my Strat to float and use the trem bar as designed by the man.

    Used to have it decked and blocked but have found I enjoy it much more with the bridge bloating and having the option of hitting my Friedman pedal, a little delay and hit a big bend with sustain and hit the wiggle bar with a little feedback. Nothing else like it.
     
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    Ah, so that's what that hole is for...
     
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    I have three strats, two with locking tuners that are floating, and my #1 that is decked. I've only ever attached the whammy to one of them once, just to mess around with some surfish sounds. I'm a longtime Tele player so don't really think about using a whammy in my playing. I got into strats for the tonal range and versatility, not the trem bar.

    Edited to add: my floating strats with locking tuners never go out of tune overnight or even over the course of weeks. Really solid.
     
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    You're beginning to sound just like t'missus!
     
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    Wrighty Senior Stratmaster

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    People by mobile 'phones to be able to talk to each other.............................then only text. Same thing really!
     
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  18. AxemanVR

    AxemanVR I appreciate, therefore I am... Strat-Talk Supporter

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    Me too, always ready.

    I may not use it a lot, but try vibratoing a barre chord without one sometime... it’s not an easy thing to do!

    P.S. Shouldn’t this be a poll?



     
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    Sarnodude Senior Stratmaster

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    I never use the whammy bar.
     
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    clydethecat Strat-Talk Member

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    What's the point of a Strat without the Talent Bar?
     
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