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

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

  1. Anacharsis

    Anacharsis Guitar Player Platinum Supporting Member

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    On. Never felt a need to remove it.
     
  2. mazzolar59

    mazzolar59 Strat-Talker Silver Member

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    There's no good reason to leave it off. When I was young and lazy, I took the back plate off my 72 Strat to adjust the tremolo. I didn't put it back on out of pure laziness. 40 years later, I bought an Eric Johnson strat; it came without the back plate. Saved me the trouble of removing it.
     
  3. Matopotato

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    If ZZ Top played Strats, they'd have to keep it on. For similar reason.
     
  4. Petawatt12

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    On, trem decked, Atari. If you change springs patterns a lot you might want to leave it off.
     
  5. Matopotato

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    On. I paid for it...

    I actually don't like (=know how to use) the trem and I kept getting to the floating bridge which "changed my tone", so I had it set a bit tighter. Now when I change strings the holes no longer line up. So the trem comes in handy. Not sure if that is a good way to bend hard to align them though.
     
  6. ChickenKiller

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    I’m actually cracking up about how many people are getting their hackles up about this issue haha.


    Geez guys step away from the computer and play your Strat....

    with the cover off of course :)
     
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    Leaving it off makes string changes and tweaks to the set up easier. There is zero difference in tone
     
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    On. Too prone to getting threads caught in everything to take a chance...
     
  10. Scott Baxendale

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    It’s easier to change the strings with the cover off. If you are touring it makes more sense to have it off.
     
  11. cbt1956

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    I am a lefty who likes modding his Strats. Getting a lefty tremolo backcover in the correct colour is often difficult so sometimes off (unless I get lucky and find a lefty cover in the correct colour).
     
  12. Esg877

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    I have to get this off my chest: It's a VIBRATO bridge/assembly/plate/whatever. But I learned to overcome my OCD, go with the crowd and today I hapilly refer to it as a Tremolo whatever.

    Always off. Facilitates everything you may need to do in the back, nobody sees it, has no real need to be there (never got any clothes stuck there or any other problem), if the guitar has a problem you can immediately inspect the cavity even on stage, it's one last part to worry about, and, yes, it looks cooler. :cool:
     
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    Where else would this guy hang out?:

    He's Bob.." the fish with a attitude"
    present from the grandkids
     
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  14. Caffiend

    Caffiend Strat-Talk Member

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    Old debate is old

    Personally I don’t hear a difference in normal use but it’s not a hill I’m prepared to die on.

    What I do hear and what generally keeps my back covers on is springs catching on clothing, belts etc if it all gets wild and passing that through the bridge to the strings. It’s not a major thing for me though and I’d not obsess over it if I was without.
     
  15. ProfBeaubien

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    From the moment I nailed the perfect setup for a specific Strat. Always on.
     
  16. Glyderslead

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    I'e had no problem with strings either .......my 1983 Elite Stratocaster has top loading strings. .......And it doesn't have a hole in the back to access the tremolo springs.

    Mick
     
  17. Collin D Plonker

    Collin D Plonker Strat-O-Master

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    Off, but I am planning a new build and, if I can fit it in, I plan to do a recessed, same wood trem cover held on with magnets.

    If I can't pull this off it will be open, no screw holes.
     
  18. sttrat714

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    Off. This way I can adjust my Tremel-No.
     
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  20. Syd Vega

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    On. Leaving it off makes me nervous, lol.