5 springs vs. 3 springs in Strat?

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  1. J-P Twang

    J-P Twang Member

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    I've always used 5 springs at the tremolo. Just changed strings and took of 2 springs just to try it out. I guess I like it more this way.
    The tremolo is alot smoother.

    How about other stratplayers out there ? Opinions?
     
  2. yugnat

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    5, i get more sustain and it rings louder... that's just my results though...
     
  3. russiancrowe

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    I've found that having 5 springs keeps my Strats in tune better than using only 3.
     
  4. street

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    3 springs on 3 separate strats. Prefer the feel.
    Never have a problem staying in tune.
     
  5. gizmo

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    I use 3 because of the smooth feel. No problem staying in tune unless I do some serious dive bombs.
     
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    Three. /|\

    I have a floating Floyd Rose in mine though. With a 9-42 set of strings 5 springs would not work. The spring claw would be backed all the way out practically.
     
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    Three, /|\ as well. Love the smooth feel.
     
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    3 springs on anything with a floating trem (floyds, wilkies, prs). Feels better (a bit looser) to me.

    -Austin
     
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    I've put 5 on at least one of my Strats...I think the other has three...but I don't really use the trem at all, so the 5 is on there for stability more than anything else.
     
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    3 /|\
    It's right for me. I like to set the trem floating, a little above flush with the body so I can pull up. No tuning problems. Good feel.
     
  11. J-P Twang

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    Yep, It feels nicer with /|\ over lllll. The tremolo is very smooth and nice, and I havent (yet) noticed that the guitar would have tuning issues. With 5 springs I kept the trem flush with the body and I nver had tuning isues. Now itäs slightly floating and it seems stable enough. I guess that is how Leo designed it.

    Hmm... I can't tell if it has a real impact on the sound. I have to experiment a bit with that.
     
  12. wedgehed

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    Has anyone tried just using two?
     
  13. SW33THAND5

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    do you *use* the vibrato bar?
     
  14. JUSTJOB

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    I like three fine. I've set my Strats up properly with a floating trem.,and they come back to tune time and time again. This works for my style quite well.
    Best Regards!
     
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    I have 4 on my two strats. Not too loose not too stiff. Works for me.
     
  17. Mark Robinson

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    The question is incomplete. Is the bridge going to float and have pull up function or not? What guage of strings are we talking about? How much use and how much range of pitch change is required for your playing style? How important is tuning stability, can you live with or compensate for pitch changes on double stop bends? What kind of nut you have? Are string trees being used?

    How you answer those questions, will point you to a number of springs that will get the job done.
     
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    I'm typing this shape /|\ 'cause it's cool to depict it with keyboard symbols. :)

    It's also my favorite spring configuration.
     
  19. Pietro

    Pietro 2-Voice Guitar Junkie and All-Around Awesome Guy

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    3 on my US Masters (basically a strat). perfect.

    4 on my PRS. more perfect.

    both bridges float a bit, enough to pull up about a major 2nd, with the base plate basically parallel to the strings.
     
  20. J-P Twang

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    Very true. The question is incomplete. Was just looking for some opinions on the matter.

    My situation is:
    I used to fear that a floating bridge would be impossible to keep in tune,
    But I guess I was wrong. Th floating bridge keeps nicely in tune. Even after a dive or pull up.
    For the record, I never pull up on the tremolo when playing.

    String gauge is 11 - 49( or 50).

    I use the tremolo for a hint of vibrato, while playing clean chords or clean leads. Never while playing dirty sounds.

    I am not a very picky guitarplayer so I couldn't care less if the guitar is in " perfect pitch" all the time. Good enough for rock n roll, is good enough for me.

    Regular nut and one string tree.

    I play with a clean, compressed tone, through old Fenders. I like to use a goo healthy amount of reverb and/or tape delay.
    Kinda old school.
     

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