To Hardtail or not to Hardtail

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  1. Jackobeam

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    they really vary...new custom shops range from 3200 up to 9000 (master built) depending on the build type and where you purchase. used you can get them from 2200 used on reverb.
    Here's the specs:
    "Lake Placid Blue, Alder body, Mid 60’s Oval C shaped 5/4 quartersawn Maple neck with a 9.5″ radius AAA Rosewood fingerboard and medium jumbo frets, Mike Eldred designed Dual Mag w/RWRP middle pickups with the vintage mod #1 wiring, 7.6 pounds, With hardshell case"
     
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    confirmed. will post pics soon.
     
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    close up of the finish.
     

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    nickmsmith Jaguar Convert Strat-Talk Supporter

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    Looks great.
     
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    Jealous..........me.........yep, very? Enjoy my friend.
     
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    rafasounds Senior Stratmaster

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    I'm not a radical trem user, but I can't resist a little wiggle here and there. Anyway, a hardtail Strat is certainly an interesting animal.
     
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    My Strat has a trem I rarely use . But I like having it for the times I do want it. You can't use it if you don't have it
     
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    SAguitar Senior Stratmaster

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    You must have the Lake Placid Blue.

    I used to run all my Strats decked, and now I have set them up to float a little. It's nice to have a choice.
     
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    Oh mama.
     

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    I recently developed a taste for bigsby-ish trems.
    So, yes.
     
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    If I found a really nice pre-cbs hard tail, I would not hesitate to purchase it. However, I prefer having the option to use the trem should I want to. I only have one Strat and it has been decked for the last 15 years. I sometimes miss being able to softly trem clean chords and such, but I do a lot of double stop bending and stuff like that, so floating trems don't work well for me. I do have an RG with a low pro edge, so when I'm really in the mood for it, I'll grab that one. Ideally we would all have three Strats, one floating, one decked, and one hardtail.
     
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    Eric Clapton approves of you blocking your trem.

    Do that and you'll be golden.

    Otherwise you will be in for a lot of distraction: Whammy, how deep can the whammy go before tuning issues, research all the whammy staying in tune tricks, fix, verify the good tuning going deeper and wondering why you can't get it out of tune, you get hooked on whammy tuning improvement videos, and then you just block it and throw the bar in a drawer realizing all the distraction... you could have been playing the guitar.

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    guitarchaeologist Artist Formerly Known as π Strat-Talk Supporter

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    That is a beauty!!!!
    Please send me the info/sales ad for that Strat
     
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    Same here. Decked my strats because the double stops never sounded quite right. It maybe a technique thing, but it works for me and I don't miss the trem
     
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    Namelyguitar Most Honored Senior Member Strat-Talk Supporter

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    Do you like the use of a tremolo? Those that lose the whammy bar, or block the trem- might as well go for a HT. :whistling:

    The S-type in my avatar, and my Tele are both hardtails. One of each type is an idea worth considering.
     
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    I tried my dad's strat the other day and hadn't played it in years. It took about 10 seconds of wondering "why am I bending flat" ... it's because of my muscle memory. With a floating bridge, even single note bends require a technique adjustment. Not only are you bending to add tension to the string, but you also have to compensate for the bridge coming as you do so. Yet I have zero problems switching to a LP scale guitar, or from a guitar with 9s to one with 13s. It's just something about the floating bridge that makes bends feel different.

    When I play a floating bridge enough, I do notice that I can do double stops but have to slightly bend the string that is not getting bent to compensate... so basically it requires more acrobatics. Decked it is for me.
     
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    It arrived today.
     
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    I'd never do a hardtail, why have a strat...BUT if you don't want a tremolo and love the shape and feel of the strat, go for it. No tremolo or blocked tremolo won't hurt your sound.
     
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