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

Discussion in 'Stratocaster Discussion Forum' started by Kingmarc1982, Apr 26, 2021.

  1. Foursprings

    Foursprings New Member!

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    Keep the cover on, stops birds nesting in there....
     
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    Off....it has more airy highs and overtones....jes kidding’.....take mine off, facilitates string changing.....especially when in set breaks, you rolled one up ....too tedious navigating with 6 philips screw heads when in a purple hazish condition...
     
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    I have springs tensioned so that the tremolo is blocked against the body. This creates an angle, when removing a string, that causes the ball to hit the cover. Off!
     
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    Six pages for the trem cover. o_O
     
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    Off for string change/claw adjust purposes.

    and I have an EJ Strat, so there’s no choice there...
     
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    Quicker to change strings on the fly. Sooo...off.
     
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    Funny you mentioned that, Chont; albeit in jest. It's hot where I live, so I usually am shirtless around the house. When I'm setting up Strats for clients, the cover's off; for sure. I've lost count of the number of times my belly hairs have been caught in the trem springs and yanked off painfully. So, that is one consideration if you play shirtless and have a hairy belly ;)
     
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    I have an Illitch silent single coil system on my guitar so pups are wound the same direction with no RWRP in the middle position. Dead quite. Do on. Be for this I always had it on. My guitar is olympic white with tortoise shell. It's beautiful.
     
  10. Chont

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    Keep your Strap short and your pants on I always say.
     
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    If it's one that ha the tremolo blocked, (all the 6 point bridges) I leave the cover on. If it is a two point tremolo that I actually use, I leave it off. PITA ti change strings when it is on.
     
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    Just shave the area in question. Then you never have to put it on.
     
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    If the trem isn't an issue (mine is not...it never goes out of tune...then LEAVE THE DAMN THING ON
     
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    The oceans would be a lot cleaner if both the strat trem cover and the pickguard on the Les Paul were never put into production.
     
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    The second law of thermodynamics applies here. Every time you take the plate off, then put it back on, no matter how careful you are or how well the screwdriver fits, the screws, plate, and wood are subject to wear and tear.

    Unrelated to that, but ultimately as important, leaving it on increases the chances of the plate staying with the guitar over its lifetime. Leaving it off increases the chances of the plate and guitar becoming separated, under the same theory that says, eventually, every pair of socks without holes must become a single sock.
     
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    Get your belly hair caught in the springs 1 time....

    then decide.
     
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    On, with only two screws on opposite corners.
     
  20. donnyrocker

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    If it comes with it I leave it on. My EJ, however....