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How much float?

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  1. 96MIMstrato

    96MIMstrato Strat-Talker

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    I recently finished(almost) putting together my number one, and put a new trem system in it, a better quality one. The bridge before I felt wasn't good enough to get the trem functional earlier, but after changing the trem, I've given the guitar a full set up, and I'm not completely sold on the amount of "float" the bridge. There's approximately 1/8" space between body and bridge at the back. I'm just eyeballing so that may not be spot on. What's a normal "float"?
     
  2. Paperback Rocker

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    That's about where mine are.
     
  3. Stark

    Stark Nobody.... Strat-Talk Supporter

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    There is no normal float. You just set it to where you're comfortable with how far you want to pull back. Mine's about .032 (size of my A string) from decked and that works fine for me. Paperback Rocker's is set a lot farther from decked as mine is set, but it works fine for him. See what works for you - good luck!
     
  4. Strat-Slinger

    Strat-Slinger Senior Stratmaster

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    Yeah... there is no "correct" or "This is the ONLY WAY" for the float... it's up to you where you want it.

    I like mine to only go 1/2 step up on the pull... for me, that's perfect... the float a lot of folks go for is the 1 1/2 step up pull back... but... I don't like how that makes the action feel... the bridge angle is too drastic for me... however, other folks love it...
     
  5. the dark sailor

    the dark sailor Senior Stratmaster

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    1/8th even though recommend by Fender seems too high for me. I use my single ply trem cover to set mine. Jam the cover between the back of bridge and body, tighten spring really tight, adjust everything (string height, action, intonation, etc.....tune). Pull the plate out. Your strings are going to be very sharp in tuning. Losen trem claw until strings are in tune. Done.
     
  6. KCStratman

    KCStratman Senior Stratmaster

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    I agree, when I float I prefer it set to pull up one half step or one whole step, which equates to a space of around 1/8 - 3/16" or close to factory recommendation. However, it is up to personal preference some players like a specific interval pull up on the G string etc. for particular playing purposes. To me it only makes sense to fine tune the range of pull up to a musical interval not to an arbitrary mechanical distance like 1/8", that is just for rough-in. The balance of course is between the tension of the strings of a particular gauge and the tension of the tremolo springs, roughly by number of springs and fine tuned with the tremolo spring claw bracket.
     
  7. Grandturk

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    This much works for me

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  8. 96MIMstrato

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    That's just about where mine is, it is set at the moment to a half step, when I first set it up I set for a whole step but I didn't like how far it leaned, plus I knew I'd never have any use for a whole step up on the trem. I think I like it the way it is right now
     
  9. Stark

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    Agree 110% with you, KC - I just want to wobble it sharp a little bit and I don't do dive-bombs, etc., but yep, tension, number of springs, position of claw, etc., all are important here.
     
  10. Vinnie1971

    Vinnie1971 Senior Stratmaster

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    I got a 2 post floating trem set up at 3 mm - it's perfect and stable.
     
  11. Mr. Lumbergh

    Mr. Lumbergh needs you to go ahead and come in on Sunday, too. Strat-Talk Supporter

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    Just enough to get it to do this:
     
  12. Synapse2k

    Synapse2k Strat-O-Master

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    1/8" is what it should be according to Fender so yours is right on the money
     
  13. Kanegon

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    At 1/8", the ball ends sit in the center of the backplate string cutouts. Works for me.
     
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