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

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  1. tygr1

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    Serves no purpose other than to slow down string/claw changes/adjustments...off always. Never give it a second thought once removed.
     
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  2. The Birdman

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    On, unless for some reason it needs to come off. Then it comes off, then it goes back on..
     
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    I have a ziplock bag full of em
     
  4. pookie613

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    This is the only reason that I've found for mounting 'em (it's an Ibbie, blurred for your protection).

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    Believer7713 The Pink Bunnyman Frankenstein Silver Member

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    Some on, some off. The ones that are off are normally due to me leaving them off until I got everything fully adjusted to exactly where I wanted them. Then I just got lazy and didn't put them back on...with the exception of one that I built without it
     
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  6. =KARMA=

    =KARMA= Senior Stratmaster Gold Supporting Member

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    Take no notice......
     
  7. jtoomuch

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    On. Always. I never understood the off thing.
     
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  8. dirocyn

    dirocyn Senior Stratmaster

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    I don't really care if it's there or not. No one (not even me) can tell if it's there or not while I'm playing. Not by sound, not by weight, not by pinches or tweezed belly hair--although that is funny.

    If the guitar has one in the first place, I'll keep it on so I don't lose it. If it is missing, I don't bother getting a replacement.
     
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  9. Believer7713

    Believer7713 The Pink Bunnyman Frankenstein Silver Member

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    For the guitars that I decide to keep them on but the holes don't line up with the block, I don't mind cutting the holes into one long rectangle.
     
  10. hecubus

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    Off. because it's rock n roll.
     
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    I'm not fussed but like it better on. Some swear it's a tonal difference. On my EC it's definitely on because I bought a fishman batter pack that replaces the trem cover. On my others it's on, just because I have them and it's a good way not to misplace or lose them.
     
  12. Chont

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    I actually do keep it off on my partscaster. I drilled the trem claw holes on a steeper angle back in the mid 90s when I got the body from Stew Mac. Because of that, if I have the bridge floating, the springs protrude a tiny bit off the back so I keep the plate off. If i tighten the claw down its a non issue.

    I love that POS guitar
     
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    I just bought an Eric Johnson signature Strat 2 months ago and there is no Trem back plate on it, and no screw holes either. I was reading up on the model and apparently Eric can hear a difference in tone and spec'd it to be off. I love the guitar, but have no idea (or care) about the backplate impact on tone. Also, I don't believe the absence of the backplate on the guitar was reflected in the price (no discount). :rolleyes: :p

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    =KARMA= Senior Stratmaster Gold Supporting Member

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    If anything, they charge you more.
     
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    I keep it on.. string changes were a pain on the MIM because I'd have to remove the plate since the holes don't line up... then I decided to just carve the holes on the back a little bigger.. it's always stays on and string changes are easy
     
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    GitGeek Livin' After Midnight Gold Supporting Member

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    I thought it was there only for shipping, ya know, to protect the springs and ground wire.

    After it's in my possession it comes off, pretty much unless or until I sell it.
     
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    I keep it on. Never had a problem on my JLV sig with string changes. Tried it off once just to try, and no difference in sound to my ear so it went back on. No reason to have it off, to me anyway.
     
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    Read my post in the thread - it's not about "tone," but rather spring noise and how it can cause unwanted overtones - EJ just has a lousy way of explaining it...
     
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  19. bobalu

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    True 'dat!.
     
  20. chas3rd

    chas3rd Strat-Talker Gold Supporting Member

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    I can’t remember. Who looks at the back?