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

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

  1. pblanton

    pblanton Strat-Talker

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    ^^ This! ^^
     
  2. pblanton

    pblanton Strat-Talker

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    I have experienced that once in a very minor way. I took soft cotton pipe cleaners and bent them in half. Slid them up inside the springs and then trimmed off the excess. They prevent the springs from sympathetically oscillating with the body vibrations.
     
  3. publius

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    I feel strongly both ways, however in actuality this is the thing. Off when in Mexico, on when in the USA.
     
  4. Seamus OReally

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    Mine's on, mostly because it matches the ebony pickguard.
     
  5. franblanc

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    I have the back cover lined with copper foil and always fixed on. There is a grounding wire in there, also the strings pick up Electro magnetic interference which is audible as hum. Better to screen the whole cavity behind a foil shielded cover. I have the +20 db on-board pre-amp, the 'EC mid tone boost kit' will also boost hum if it's present so I need to shield every cavity.
     
  6. skinnyass

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    People who don't bother to keep them on probably dont wear underpants and maybe don't even know about toilet paper. But then that's those punks for you!
     
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    I have an irrational fear of a spring popping off and snapping me right in the marbles. So, on for me lol.
     
  8. kdclaiborne

    kdclaiborne New Member!

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    Wow, up to 8 pages of trem plate on or off... ;^)
     
  9. Tremoluxer

    Tremoluxer Strat-Talker Gold Supporting Member

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    Leo is god and he named it "Tremolo," but, then again, he called amp tremolo "Vibrato" -- genius has its limits.

    If Leo was trying to be accurate, Strats would have a Vibrato bridge, and there'd be the "Tremoverb," "Tremosonic" and "Tremo Champ" amps. The "Vibrolux" would have to be something other than "Tremolux," that name was already taken before the Vibrolux was in production. Maybe it could have been the "Modulux"?
     
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  10. ZZDoc

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    On is the way it was designed. However, if I were a musician with a regular gig I keep the back off for all the reasons cited. As well playing a Clapton, the batteries of Pia to change but installing a battery box in that guitar was not the intent of its designer. That again if one opted to play a hardtail that solves all the issues.
     
  11. marksound

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    Mine are about 50/50.

    No personal preference, really, it just depends on the overall design/theme of the guitar.

    I mean, really. It's just 6 screws. :thumb:
     
  12. Stratman84

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    On for no particular reason...
     
  13. Tremoluxer

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    What about the "ashtray" bridge cover on a hardtail? On or off? More often than not, off, and thrown into the junk drawer or plain thrown out...
     
  14. ZZDoc

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    One additional note. The question of belt rash did not come up. It's fair to say that the trim cavity cover would do much to control that as would playing without it. Any other hardtail would suffer the risk which is why when I was playing regular years ago I moved my belt Buckle to the side or carried a soft cloth to wrap over the buckle.
     
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    Your tremolo should NOT.be blocked against the body. If you are pitch deaf, you should play a Tele or some other non-trem guitar.
     
  17. skinnyass

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    If your string holes do not line up and you cannot remount your backplate, you should switch to a different guitar.
     
  18. 11 hole

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    I agree. I got into an online argument when i said take the plate off to change strings "you do NOT have to remove the plate!"
    Well no, but it makes sense. Otherwise i leave it on.
     
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    OCD here, too. Not only ON, but must match the Pickguard.
     
  20. Blackmore Fan

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    Exactly--think of the children and the world they're going to inherit!