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Does anyone not use the wammy/trem bar?

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  1. Thrup'ny Bit

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  2. perttime

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    I found that just having it distracts me from everything else. So even my Stratocaster is a hardtail.

    Many others use it well. I hope they keep it.
     
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    Finally, brother @s5tuart has seen the error of his ways and has returned to the fold! :thumb:
     
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    I use it quite frequently...for vibrato.
     
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    That never stopped you doing anything before. :D
     
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    Don't feel bad OP. Mick Thompson's (Slipknot) signature Jackson is outfitted with a non-operational Floyd Rose (its permanently blocked and has the arm mount sealed off).
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    I don't see the point of having a Strat without a functioning trem. Not that I'm whammy barring all over everything, but for me the trem is a huge part of a Strat's sound. Even more so with a Jag or Jazzmaster.
     
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    I totally agree.

    The floating tremolo is part of the Strat's distinctive character, so even if I don't use it much I still have it set properly to give me the entire Strat experience.

    As for those who argue stability, when the strings are properly stretched my Strats are as stable as any of my other hardtail guitars, unless I go over-the-top crazy on the tremolo (which I rarely do).

    So, yeah, I really don't see the point either...



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    I have the trems on two of my Strats decked, which means they will move if I screw in the wangerator® but only to lower the pitch. I don't use the trem when I'm playing rhythm guitar, I leave that to the posing oik out front playing the widdly-widdly-wah-wah-wang-wang-wang -screech solos that everybody adores...
     
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    Thrup'ny Bit does make a very compelling point...



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    I never use it. I haven't bought a few guitars after they had a Kahler installed. Huge waste and it trashes the guitar's value.
     
  13. 93studiolite

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    I don’t use it, but I don’t know any songs that need it either. My MIA Standard has the trem floating and I’ll probably leave it that way since I feel like I need one Strat with a floating trem if I were to ever want to use it. It stays in tune and I don’t even notice the floating trem. My Player Strat has the trem blocked. I like that I can change back and forth between alternate tunings with minimal touch ups, unlike when I detune my standard.
     
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    I love the floating trem. You can use the bar backwards or just press down on the bridge for effects. Stays in tune very well.



     
  15. sabbathu

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    Been using Floyds all my life.

    I hardly use the bar when practicing at home. When on stage, however, I'll use it when things start to get heated up! I don't practice its usage much either. Whatever comes out spontaneously is best for me.

    We were playing for a bunch of bikers in a parking lot of a bar/restaurant the other day, and a biker stopped in front of us and starting revving his engine. Thank god for the bar and my Marshall. I revved him back with my low E and my whammy bar. It was a fun duet!
     
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    Nope, don't use it at all. ENJOY!!!
     
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    I have mine blocked on my MIA, which is my main Strat player. I went to some trouble getting a new bar when I bought it (used), because the original owner lost it. After using it for a while, I decided that I preferred having the greater stability with it blocked. I also have a hardtail, and a partscaster, which has a Bladerunner tremolo bridge. I might eventually either move that to my MIA, or just buy another. For now, since I'm mostly playing rhythm guitar, I don't really need it.
     
  18. DeMelo

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    Never used trem arm. I keep them floating though, cause I like the springy strat quack.
     
  19. Otisblove

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    I never use them so I took them off my guitars.
     
  20. arcticstrat

    arcticstrat Senior Stratmaster

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    Not really. Tremolo arms usually just stay in the case. :)
     
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