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Does anyone not use the wammy/trem bar?

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  1. Stark

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    Bridge is always floating and I always use the bar, sometimes to the point where other folks get annoyed as hell with me.
     
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    Always use it, always have the bridge floating, and it always stays in tune. Because I USE it. It's all in the setup and use(breaking it in).
     
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    I have never been a big strat trem user. I don't know why but I don't really care for it. I've had the bar in mine a few times but it's rare. If I use one at all I prefer the Jazzmaster style trem for classic vibrato. If I want flat out whammie stuff I'll use the FR on my Jackson, but I would love to find an 80s guitar with an old Kahler locking trem on it. Those were my favorite.

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    On my Strats? No.

    On my two Floyd Rose equipped guitars?
    Yeah, I mess around with them a decent bit.
     
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    1 - FR, stays on
    1 - removed/ handy
    1 - trem is blocked
     
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    I'm with David Gilmore on this one. :thumb:

     
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    I am so lucky if both sets of fingers find the note...
    The way I want it...
    Then
    There are no cells left to do anything but find the next
     
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    Neil.C Most Honored Senior Member

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    Never use the bar.

    One Strat is decked, the other is set floating so if I feel the urge I can wobble the bridge a bit with the heel of my hand.
     
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    I only use whammy's when I have to do some crazy bombs or pulls (like Pantera and stuff). I don't use the bar for vibrato - I just do it with my other hand.
     
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    My hands are busy enuff with notes chords and strumming no trem for me. And all My strats are blocked for the sound and extra tuning stability.
     
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    Guys like Eddie, Vai, and Beck have it down to an art form and it is a huge part of their style. I cut my teeth in the 80s and 90s so I learned the technique and used it on the super Strats of the day. With a traditional Fender Strat I never really put the two together though, but I still have the bar in and use it occasionally when the mood strikes. Holding a chord...give it a shake, ending a song...Maybe a dive bomb. For me it's just a musical tool just like pinch harmonics, tapping, or using a slide. For you guys who don't use trem and play gigs you might want to reconsider, in my experience people seem to dig it when I grab the bar...just saying. The Star Spangled Banner at Woodstock would have been quite different if Jimi had his trem blocked.
     
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    I just finished decking my trems just right now :D
     
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    Yea, that's why I grab a strat
     
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    I cannot imagine not using mine, but it’s not my business if ya use yours or not - rock on and do it to it!
     
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    yup, all my Strats are full floating and using the bar is part of my style. I do have hardtail guitars (mainly Gibsons) and am fine with them, but I miss having the bar when the guitar doesn't have one.

    That said, it did take ages for me to learn how to use the bar melodically, rather than just throwing it in as a trick. Trem playing (done well) is its own discipline - but there are relatively few players that I would say use it well.
     
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    Was a teenager in the ‘80’s but somehow never really used the bar.
    I don’t have the patience for the locking stuff, I’d like to try the lucking tuners though
     
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    I said whack it in, not on... Big difference..
     
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    Sorry, my eyesight’s not too good!
     
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