Tremelo backplate... On.... or Off

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  1. =KARMA=

    =KARMA= Senior Stratmaster

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    I couldn’t think of anything more constructive to post regarding a rectangular piece of plastic.
     
  2. KoreGeneral

    KoreGeneral Strat-Talker

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    Off, because one guitar the back plate cracked, and the other I cant find it.
     
  3. Watchdogg

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    Off because Eric Johnson did not include one on my EJ strat
     
  4. GlassyD83

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    Off. not sure if there is any tonal difference but ease of access for string changes is worth it. Obnoxious number of screws on those scratchplates :)
     
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    This is the best answer.
     
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    Sad, that this is the only thing worth talking about. Its almost stupid. Crankit.
     
  7. Multitrak

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    I never blocked mine, I've got 5 springs in there so it sits flat on the body (not floating so no FR pull-ups) I like to tap the trem bar a little bit on some lead solo blues notes, maybe just a little 1/2 or 1/4 semitone down quickly here and there mixed with bending with my fingers also.

    I've never had to adjust anything in the back like the claw or screws, it stays in tune even with some bigger dives which I rarely do, so the cover stays on, I'd miss the trem personally if I get an LP which I'm considering for radius reasons and having huge hands.
     
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    Off, I think it's more comfortable when standing and makes string changes easier. Also I like the look.
     
  9. Thomas2012

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    woof
     
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    On. A string theft deterrent that works.
     
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    Always on.
     
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    Really don’t care
     
  13. tukoztukoz

    tukoztukoz Strat-O-Master

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    Usually on, but on this one it’s off, because I switched the original block for a 42 that’s too big. I wanted more weight to get more flutter effect. That’s a question: heavier block = better flutter?
     
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    I remember seeing pictures of Hendrix’s Strat with the backplate off when I was teenager and that was it for me. Immediately took the plate of my Strat. I don’t get into any of the “tone” convo with it, just what I’m used to at this point. Funny what sticks with you.