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  1. horax

    horax Strat-Talker

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    when your hand bumps a floating bridge, is it supposed to knock it knock it out of tune in the current note?

    When I hit the bridge my notes start wavering all over the place. Hate that.
     
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    The nut probably requires some attention, they usually do, any binding will cause tuning problems. Try not to hit the bridge.
     
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    At the risk of inflaming people's tempers....that's relatively normal on a floating bridge. You have to adjust your technique if you want a floating bridge. If you're used to resting your hand on the bridge with other guitars, with a floating bridge you have to adjust how much pressure you put on it.

    The only other answer is to deck it.
     
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    I just reread the OP. Wavering notes with a floating tremolo bridge? Whodathunkit?
     
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    People don't like it when you point out that something is related to their technique. Look at the moving volume knob thread.

    "I hit the volume knob"

    So...don't hit it. It's not the guitars fault you're hitting it. LOL

    To the OP:

    How much float? Look at the back of the bridge. An 1/8 of an inch or so is normal.

    How many springs are you running? The more springs you run...the stiffer the bridge will be.

    And if you aren't a big vibrato user...then decking the bridge with five springs and tightening down the claw will give you the most stability.
     
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    I’ve got nothing to add, these guys are right, it’s normal. If you play it for long enough you’ll adjust your approach and it won’t be an issue.
     
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    You can prevent this by either decking or blocking the trem.
    Decking it will allow you to drop but not pitch up.
    blocking will stop movement either up or down.
    To deck, simply add another claw spring or two and pull the claw back.

    To deck, a piece of wood needs to be inserted in between the block and the body.
    Otherwise, you just have to learn to not hit the bridge.
     
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    NO guitar was designed flawlessly by GOD to suit everyone perfectly.

    Some designs work well for some people, and not so well for other people. (That's WHY we have so many guitar design variations to choose from!)

    You don't HAVE to adapt to the guitar, unless you choose to. You can adapt the guitar to YOU! :D (I know, this is a concept that some people just cannot understand - ignore them.)

    If you don't wish to use the trem... add springs to deck the bridge, or place an insert and block the bridge, and don't look back. Or, leave the trem as is and work yourself around it. Many options are available to you.

    Hardtails, decked, or blocked Strats are great for those who aren't into using tremolos (many of us are not.)

    I have four Strats, one is a hardtail, and the other three have their trems decked. Works great for me!

    Main thing is, do whatever feels best to suit YOUR preferences! (And, don't buy into any rigid dogma.)
     
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    So... the Strat was designed by God, therefore anyone who prefers a different control layout has a flawed technique? LOL

    You sound like a teenager. Try not to be so full of yourself. LOL
     
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    Exactly right my friend. :)
     
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    If that's the case, why buy a Strat? If you keep hitting things you shouldn't, then yes, you need to adapt your technique. Or perhaps acquire one, but they're not available cheap on EBay...
     
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    I have no problem with Strats. I love them! Though I gravitate more toward my Teles.

    As for mods... just move the volume pot if you don't like where it is? Or deck the bridge. Or change the pickups. Or change the tuners. Or change the bridge saddles. WHATEVER! You can love a Strat and still tweak it to your idea of perfection.

    I love Strats and have them set up both traditionally, AND with just two knobs, and decked bridges. WORKS FOR ME! :D

    If you love a Strat and want to play one, but some particular aspect of it doesn't suit you to a "T"... that's what MODS are all about. Make a mod or two, make it so it suits you wonderfully, smile, and go on about your business.

    What's so strange about that? NOTHING.
     
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    I'm sorry, I forgot to take into consideration that you being perfect, the guitar must be at fault.
     
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    Ok... now I see! You're another one of THOSE, who needs to get over himself!

    The Strat "WAS designed by GOD and anyone who might wish to modify it is an imbecile."

    Yeah, I get it. And now I know what you're all about. :rolleyes: IG-NORE.
     
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    Well Dave...it's easier to blame the hammer than adjust how you swing it. :D
     
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    Yup Chris, I know why I hardly bother posting any more now. It's getting to be a complete waste of time.
     
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    Two long-winded, high post-count apostles whose words should never be crossed.

    Hmmm... yeah. RIGHT! I get it! LOL. Fools beware. Bow to their words! :p

    You two may have contributed some worthy input, at some time in the past. Obviously, you've spent all of your precious time on earth posting here! LOL. Explore the REAL world.

    But from what I've seen here, with your rigid dogma, you do this forum (uninformed newbies, in particular) a dis-service. Disgraceful.
     
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    You need to read what is actually written.
     
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    It can be. I try to talk to the friends here I've made over the years and once a contrarian pops up...off to the Phantom Zone they go.
     
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    You We appear to have accumulated yet another single issue stalker. :p
     
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