Whammy Bar

Discussion in 'Stratocaster Discussion Forum' started by RickySchmidlin, Jun 11, 2021.

  1. Scott Baxendale

    Scott Baxendale Senior Stratmaster Gold Supporting Member

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    I've round filed everyone I've ever had. Currently I own 3 Strats, one is blocked, one's a hardtail, and I actually have one with a whammy bar now. First one for as far back as I can remember. Most all others in the past were blocked.
     
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  3. cranky

    cranky Senior Stratmaster

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    It's gotta be at least in the 10s of 1000s, no? Millions? Out of 3.5 billion people, millions use the whammy bar?
     
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    I use mine as a paper weight. :eek:
     
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    They do make a great back scratcher.:whistling:
     
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    I have a tremol-no installed on my strat. It's normally locked when I'm playing songs that have gentle bends when I don't want the guitar going slightly flat while doing. Most other times, when I am able to use it during a song, it's set to dive only. Other times, when I have a wild hair up my ass, I open it up and do my best to try to get it out of tune! Of course, I have the Floyd rose on it. Gives me the best of all worlds. Unless you are only using the whammy bar for subtle vibrato, most likely with an FR you're going to be retuning or swapping rigs. I always keep a hardtail guitar nearby for my classic rock songs that don't need me to put on a long-haired wig!
     
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    Ebidis Providing the world with flat bends since 1985

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    I noticed a long time ago that you do it that way, and I actually wondered why. Well, recently I have discovered the backwards trem bar thing, and I like it because it keeps the bar out of the way of my picking hand. That is the way I do it now.
     
  8. Dain Bramage

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    Man, I have used a Kahler "wiggle stick" ((picked that term up from a very famous Texan) in so many ways, if the tune calls for it, I use it. But, it must come back to 'zero' in tune, or dang (cnsrd) close to it.
     
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    Yep. When setup right, a trad six screw will return close enough for Rock'n'Roll.

     
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    I wiggle my stick vociferously in perpetuity!
     
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    It's why I own a Strat.
     
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  12. Highway Chile

    Highway Chile Strat-Talker

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    I use the bar a lot and float the bridge.
     
  13. Axeman826

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    I grew my guitar chops on guitars that were all hardtails or tune-o-matic's.. I started getting into whammy bars in the early 80's, when metal was king... But what REALLY got me juiced was Steve Vai and Joe Satriani... Now of course, I aint neither of these guys, or even on the same planet as they are, but something about that bar, is still magical to me... I don't use it all the time, in fact, at a show, I MAY use it three or four times, in different tunes, but I love to have it there just in case the moment strikes, and I feel the need to dive or pull.. All my whammy bars on my guitars float, ya know, just in case...
     
  14. Brian H

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    Yes its out of the way but it also tightens the string instead of loosening it, so it has a vibrato effect which to me sounds less like the typical use of the tremolo. I can do more things with it. But I will push down on it when I want that effect. You can also just press your picking hand down on the bridge and that gives a cool effect if you have a floating trem. Its a different sound than vibrato with my fingers on the fret board and can use it with chords better I think.
     
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    Ebidis Providing the world with flat bends since 1985

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    Yes, I have discovered all of that in the last couple of months since I've been doing it that way. I also think that I can get more subtle vibrato, and just overall better control of the bar this way. I've also noticed that Steve Vai does it this way. I'm definitely a convert.
     
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    I do quite a bit currently - songs were rehearsing calls for it for shimmer and some bends
     
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    I like to flex the dog leg now and then…
     
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    in boston they call it a wang bah
     
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    Yep. Surf style.
     
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  20. Jimi Lightning

    Jimi Lightning Most Honored Senior Member

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    Nope, I have a coffee cup to hold them. I left one on my Hendrix Strat and one on my new to me 2011 strat but it will come off.

    Ill put one if I’m doing Surf but overall have no use for them. They are IMHO awkwardly shaped and sit too high. Most of the stuff I play doesn’t need them, hence most are removed.