Anyone else not ever use their trem?

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  1. handyman

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    I'm never met a trem system that doesn't drive me batty. All my guitars are either hard tails or have the trems decked and/or blocked.
     
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  2. Pidgin English

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    Yeah, me too. I just started installing the trem arm on the Paul Reed Smith because I finally realized there was an allen screw to tighten it in there. :hide

    Not really a part of my playing style though. Yeah, I LOVE EVH and enjoy trying to play like him but when I'm playing with the band, I'm more in the Slash school than anything else.
     
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  3. tnvol

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    Sometimes but very rarely.
     
  4. awp

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    I've had my Strat for 12 years and the little foil tape is still on the bridge. My bridge is set to float because I like the sound better than with the bridge decked
     
  5. bluegrif

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    Nope, never use 'em. Funny thing is, my first guitar (way back in 63) was a Jazzmaster. I played that thing well into the first few years of my pro career and I used the trem all the time. I traded it for a new Strat in 1970 and used the trem on that as well. But after the 70s, I stopped playing rock and focused on traditional blues, and the trem use just fell away. Now I virtually never attach a bar. I think it'd be fun sometimes, but I'm pretty set in my style at this point. But, you know, never say never.
     
  6. 70 Mach 1

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    Never.
    EC strat it came blocked.
    American special 7 yrs later still has the factory tape over the arm hole.
     
  7. slide13

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    I love strats, I think the trem system with the springs (preferably 5) add a resonance to the guitar that I really like. But, I never ever use my trem and prefer it decked. Trem arms stay in the case at all times.
     
  8. 305thODST

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    Depends on the guitar and the music I'm playing. One of my strats with a standard trem doesn't get used. I don't use it for the music I play on that guitar. I don't keep a trem arm on it and I use 5 springs to help intonation. I've considered installing a hardtail but there's no real gain there.

    However, I've got one with an original Ibanez Edge on it that I'm working one. That one will get used. A LOT.
     
  9. NB_Terry

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    I have a nice Hamer Mirage II and I've used the whammy on the guitar maybe a few hours in the 20 years that I've owned it.
     
  10. Da Geezer

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    Never....all mine are decked
     
  11. DrumBob

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    We blocked the whammy on my white Strat, because it threw the guitar out of tune constantly, and I just didn't care to replace the trem block with something better. No loss. I keep the bar off my CAR Strat also, but it's not blocked. On my Shell Pink Strat, the whammy is fully operational.
     
  12. sxcustom

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    trem is the kind of thing that has to be done well or not at all. there is no middle ground.
    so, no I don't use one.
    though my vibrato is wide and controlled enough to do most of what I'd do with a floating trem for except flutter.
     
  13. Dale

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    I don't use a trem. I like the sound of a floated trem strat.
     
  14. Average Joe

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    In my hands a trem is little more that a quick and convenient way of going out of tune. I've decked ever strat I've owned, and I look at all the perfectly fine hardtail models that are retrofitted with bigsbys these days and shake my head.

    Vive la difference, I suppose
     
  15. twotone

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    Never. None of the Fenders are set up for vibrato and the arm is swung out of the way on the Gretsch hollow body.
     
  16. jujube

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    My EJ Strats have the default setup with five springs. I don't want to change it since it never goes out of tune and sustains very well. After a while, I got used to that and use the trem sparingly.
     
  17. davess23

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    You should be able to find one. There have been JA hardtails for a long time. Mine is #118. I think it was made around 2003 or so.
     
  18. TYR

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    Fender Strats with vintage style bridges (6 screw) all get blocked using 5 springs. I'll use the trem on modern S-type guitars that use 2 point Gotoh bridges with locking tuners like those on Suhr, Grosh, etc... The Gotoh bridges tend to stay in tune extremely well without much fuss.
     
  19. Fenderslinger

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    Honestly, I use my bigsby as a major "talent enhancer"... I'm a relatively new guitarist (i'm mainly a bass player) that got tossed in the deep end with a gigging country band.

    As opposed to learning 6 string, I learned to play 5 string open G (ala Keith) on a tele with a bigsby under the thought that I'll never be the best 6 string player in the room, but I'm always the best 5-string player in the room :D

    Half of my "style" is adding the warble/natural chorus effect by pitch shifting in and out of the other musicians parts throughout our songs.. I'm using the Bigsby B-16 which has a pivoting bridge and mine stay perfectly in tune even with heavy use (granted not EVH style dive bombs).

    I couldn't play without the Bigsby at this point, it became my "thing"

    Here's a sample:
     
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  20. Hudman_1

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    I love using the tremolo. I own 4 guitars with tremolos. Two are bottomed out against the body - you can only push down - two are free floating.
     

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