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

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  1. bobalu

    bobalu Strat-Talker Silver Member

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    Well there 'ya go! Mr. Johnson did not explain it that way.
     
  2. myredstrat

    myredstrat Senior Stratmaster

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    Off!
    the only thing I have in common with Eric Johnson
     
  3. Siameser

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    On. Unless you're some kind of animal.
     
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  4. sam_in_cali

    sam_in_cali Scream for me Strat-Talk! Silver Member

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    Off. I change tunings every so often and its just one less thing to have to do to access/adjust the trem claw screws.
     
  5. 4wotitswurth

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    Saw jimmy thackery play a few times up in Fort Worth…. He did a rendition (a very good one too) of star spangled banner and noticed he raked his fingers over the tremolo springs during that highly overdriven feedbacky number… and of course that would have been hard with the plate on…. That would have been where he had the guitar slung up behind his head……
     
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  6. LivingMyDream

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    Mine are on, mainly because it was on in the store when I fell In love with the sound of the Strats (4). I may try taking it off to see if I hear a difference, but I would bet that my aging ears won't hear a difference.

    Now if I was gigging regularly I might be more inclined to leaving off in order to be able to do a quicker string change if a string broke.
     
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  7. Biddlin

    Biddlin Senior Stratmaster

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    The back plate is a prophylactic measure to prevent dust and dirt from contaminating the cavity.
     
  8. diogoguitar

    diogoguitar Senior Stratmaster

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    off in most guitars, with few exceptions:

    On my jackson, I leave it on because the thick metal helps balance the guitar. With the backplate, the guitar has a near perfect 50/50 weight distribution
     
  9. GitGeek

    GitGeek Livin' After Midnight Gold Supporting Member

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    Yeah, he said it makes the distorted sound "smoother" and "cleaner" - part of his chord technique when using distortion is that he uses primarily stacked 5th chords (root, 5th, root, 5th,) and leaves out 3rds and other intervals that tend to sound cluttered when distorted, thereby getting a cleaner, more focused and even sound - so if you also have weird, random overtones ringing through because the springs are vibrating and being picked up through the pickups it adds to the "clutter" - get rid of the spring noise and you just have the fundamentals, so it does sound more even and defined, and believe it or not, more powerful.

    When I was in high school marching band I remember playing against this school - their band was about the size of ours, but they sounded twice the size of us - just MASSIVE - they would hit one note and it sounded pure power.
    I remember asking why they sounded so much bigger than us, and my band director said they spent extra time making sure that every horn was perfectly in tune, and they kept the chord complexity amongst all of the instruments as simple as possible, so there was minimal dissonance - the result being they sounded clean, clear, and powerful.
     
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  11. nadzab

    nadzab Play Don't Worry Silver Member

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    On. I honestly never knew so many people left them off.
     
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    On. Not a fan of the look, plus I don't want my nether regions pinched in the springs or nothing.
     
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    Two with, two without. So it’s a tie.
     
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    I used to be an on-e, now an off-e. Cuz I’m lazy-e
     
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    Wisdom. It may pull belly hair off with the whacky divebombs.
     
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    I'm not a barbarian (or Jimi Hendrix), so on.
     
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    Out of all the changes Leo made to his best creation, one thing he never did was leave off the back cover.
     
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    Don't you hate it when you do a deep tremolo dive bomb and your piercings get caught in a stretched spring?

    Just kidding. I never take it off... And nothing down there is pierced.
     
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  20. axejock

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    Always on!! I'd even put one on a PRS Silver Sky if I owned one! Taking it off is like driving a car with the hood removed. I makes maintenance easier but it looks like hell!
     
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