Floating, decked or blocked tremolo?

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Floating, decked or blocked tremolo?

  1. Floating

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  2. Decked

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  3. Blocked

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  1. gene machine

    gene machine Strat-Talk Member

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    so do you loosen the springs and float your tremolo, as shipped by Fender?

    Or do you tighten/add springs so for tuning stability?

    Maybe you want to hard-tail your Strat like Clapton and block the trem entirely.

    Vote now, and say why in the comments.
     
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  2. gene machine

    gene machine Strat-Talk Member

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    Aaaand, I’ll go first. I like the tuning stability of a decked tremolo. Even when I use the whammy, I only loosen the springs enough to allow a gentle shake, like a bigsby. It never floats. But mostly, I tighten the springs as far a possible.

    That normally still isn’t enough, even with extra springs it still will drop pitch on a double stop bend. But it’s easier than wedging a piece of wood in there.
     
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  3. ido1957

    ido1957 Senior Stratmaster

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    EC - decked and blocked
    Elite - decked and blocked
    Hardtail - well... n/a
     
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    Thrup'ny Bit Grand Master Curmudgeon

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    The poll is flawed, hence no vote from me. :D
     
  5. dirocyn

    dirocyn Senior Stratmaster

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    Decked. I can still use the trem if I want to, but my tuning stays stable even if I use palm muting.
     
  6. PCollen

    PCollen Senior Stratmaster Silver Member

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    Floating, for all three. Why ? Because " ....'dat da way it t'pode ta be. "
     
  7. Nate D

    Nate D Most Honored Senior Member

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    Decked with 5 screws tightened all the way. Never use the trem. Blocking it is unnecessary.

    As for how anyone one else sets up their guitars, I’d say do what ever floats your boat.
     
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  8. Triple Jim

    Triple Jim Guy Who Likes to Play Guitar Silver Member

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    Right. In my case it's some of each. I like different guitars to be... ...different.
     
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    rocknrollrich Most Honored Senior Member

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    I see what you did there lol
     
  10. Siameser

    Siameser Strat-Talk Member

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    Man up and float it!
     
  11. scooteraz

    scooteraz Senior Stratmaster

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    A couple of Strats, decked (EC and a custom built). A couple floating, including one with a Floyd Rose. I really want to try the Vega full floater. Even though I do almost no full dive bombs, I still like floaters as well as decked.
     
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  12. Bob Spumoni

    Bob Spumoni Senior Stratmaster

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    I leave just enough float to retain the ability to pull up two semitones, maybe 3/16-1/8".

    I've experimented with the decking/blocking options. I did not notice any real improvment in sustain or in "rich vintage harmonics" (whatever). I did notice, I think, that a clinched trem does take a little of that pretty strat air out of the tone, particularly in the 'tween positions. That crisp airiness is important to me, particularly clean, so....

    Does it stay in tune? Of course not. Let's call it automated microtonality. Yeah, that's it.
     
  13. fos1

    fos1 Senior Stratmaster Silver Member

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    One of my strats is decked. My newest Texas Tea is fully operational. I don't use tremolos much.

    I had an Ibanez Genesis with a Floyd Rose type tremolo. It was an absolute pain in the neck. I had it blocked. I have since given it to my oldest son.
     
  14. White Dog

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    My PREFERENCE is "decked", so I had no problem voting for decked. Not everything in my life has to be so freaking literal...especially an un-official poll on the world wide web.
    I use five springs with the claw screwed all the way into the body.
    However; I have two Strats that are set to float because (as others have said) I like a little variety as well.
    I will admit though, that I suck with a tremolo, so I seldom use it on my floating axes if anyone else is around to hear it. LOL!
    Never really understood the need for blocking, because I get plenty of resonance just decked.
     
  15. rockon1

    rockon1 Senior Stratmaster Silver Member

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    Until recently if I wasnt using the trem Id have it decked and blocked. Just recently I noticed a very light body (2lbs) sounded deadish above the 12th fret. I mean the sustain was much worse than lower on the neck. It was decked and blocked. Removed the block and loosened up the springs until it was barely decked and the sustain/dead issue went away. I guess closer to the body the transfer to the body was greater. Just anecdotal food for thought with decking/body material.
     
  16. Dr Improbable

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    Floating, so I can stand around my living room and pretend I'm Jeff Beck.:sneaky:
     
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    AxemanVR I appreciate, therefore I am... Silver Member

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    I’ve always floated mine, but to each their own...



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    Blocked, or at least Decked if I don't have a scrap of lumber handy.

    Otherwise the trem is too much of a Device of Distraction.
    I'm either trying to see how much I can dive bomb the arm to before it goes out of tune,
    I'm trying to fix why it went out of tune so it doesn't next time,
    Or I'm wondering how it manages to stay in tune so well.

    Too much distraction.

    So I deck and block 'em.

    .
     
  19. Handsome McClane

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    Free floating for me.
     
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    i have a tele ...

    a prs with a floating trem - anything but dive bombs is no problem.

    and an ibanez with a floyd double locker bridge floating. this thing is as stable as the tele tuning wise even if i do 10 dive bombs in a row. setting up the bridge and changing strings is nowhere as easy as the tele however.
     
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