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

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  1. Bob the builder

    Bob the builder Most Honored Senior Member

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    I know alot o people keep it off for easy string change but I don't have any problems with it on.
     
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    Honestly not something I think about. I have them both ways for no particular reason.
     
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  3. pookie613

    pookie613 Strat-O-Master

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    I admit that I have 'em both ways too. However, if the plate slows removing a string because the hole isn't lined up (that actually can happen with some vintage-style Strat plates), that's when the plate comes off and stays off for good. I've never noticed any difference in sound or play ability.

    I play my guitars while clothed, so no worries about tweezed belly hairs.
     
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  4. White Dog

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    On, because that is how it is designed and how it is supposed to be. There is an access cut right into the plate for string changes (and if you're having trouble popping the string through the access hole, get some needle nose pliers)...and I would have no clue what-so-ever why anyone would need 24 hour access, 7 days a week, 52 weeks a year to their springs and claw. You don't! If you're making adjustments SO often that it is convenient to leave the back plate off---then you have issues (either mechanical or mental).
    There isn't a difference in sound with the plate on or off; if that's what you're saying.

    But; everyone can do what they want, when they want to do it. Be yourself.
     
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  5. RaySachs

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    I’ve never left one on. I’ve decked every strat with a trem I’ve ever owned. Had to take the cover off to do that and never put one back on. A little easier to change strings without it too...
     
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  6. Yaralag

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    Off because it’s cool that way.
     
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    And you must always use an ashtray bridge cover on Strats and Teles because that's how they were designed.

    Hmmm... grab some needle-nosed pliers and wrestle with the ball end: My, that's convenient (if you change strings once a year)! ...Versus just pushing/pulling them out the back with your fingers?

    Sorry, to each his own.
     
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    ^^^There's always that one guy that misunderstands everything^^^
     
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    tried off for a few years, now I'm back to on.
     
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    On many of my guitars, the plates don't line up with the holes in the trem block, so I would have to take the plate off anyways to change strings.
    Plate off also makes it easier if I need to make any on-the-fly adjustments to the spring tension.

    The plate on actually can make a difference in sound, but it is very subtle and it has more to do with spring noise, not "tone" - it creates something akin to a reverb tank, and the noise can be picked up by the pickups in the form of overtones that can ring out and clash with what you are playing - witnessed it myself.

    Leaving the plate off allows the springs to make contact with your body while standing and playing, thereby muting the spring noise - so when you hear Eric Johnson talk about the guitar sounding "cleaner" without the plate, this is what he is referring to. (sitting the noise can still happen though.)

    Other players mute the springs to eliminate the noise - either by putting rubber tubes or foam into or around the springs or placing padding between the backplate and springs (Steve Vai actually stuffs Kleenex in the spring cavity.) I put rubber tubing in the center of mine and it kills the ring, sitting or standing.
     
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    Off when exploring different strings or gauges. On when I find the string that sounds best.
     
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    I was always at peace with leaving mine off because of no good reason and now you bastards are giving me a headache
     
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    Off, because I said so.
     
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    Off for anything that highlights wood grain in a natural way (natural/various bursts)
    On for opaque finishes or any kind of what I call sci-fi finishes (Think green quilted maple or blue tiger stripes)

    totally a look thing for me
     
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    Maybe we should think about it from the point of view of attaching the guitar to the back plate.
    What a load of nonsense we folk talk about.
    Just off now to boil my head...
     
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    ^^^here they are^^^
     
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    Off...the ply, composite material combined with the thread pitch of the screws adjusts the molecular structure of the woods resonant factor and impact tone. This is the secret behind Poly vs. Nitro. It all works together....:rolleyes:

    Off I just like the look better..
     
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  18. pookie613

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    At the risk of sounding too adult:

    Oh yeah? Now I'm gonna remove the back plate from my only Strat that still has one... just to be spiteful! ;)

    (Honestly, I don't care what anyone does with their guitars. And I was being facetious about the ashtray covers. Although... wouldn't that be a great topic of discussion?- JK.)
     
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    If I go to change the strings for the first time and the holes in the plate don't perfectly line up with the trem block, then the cover comes off and stays off.
     
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    Comes off for my first string change, never screwed back on
     
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