Are You A Fan Of The Whammy Bar?

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Are You a Whammy Bar Fan

  1. yes

  2. no

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  1. bilbal

    bilbal Member

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    How many of you guys have at least one guitar with a Whammy bar?

    I have a Godin with a Floyd Rose, a Modulus Graphite Blackknife with an original Floyd Rose, a Strat with a standard tremelo, and a Telecaster that I'm putting a Bigsby on. I love having a whammy bar handy. I find myself reaching for one no matter what I play so why not just have them on all my guitars?
     
  2. Frankee

    Frankee Wartime Consigliere

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    2 out of 8. 25% Whammy guy.
     
  3. burner

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    I have a Strat with a standard "Tremolo" on it but I'd much rather have a Floyd Rose any day of the week....

    Whammy bars are a great thing and greatly expand the sonic possibilities.
    Nowhere does that mean or imply that someone is required to use them in an annoying way.
     
  4. bilbal

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    I agree. There is a way to use a whammy in a subtle manner and then there are the constant dive-bombers. Though I do enjoy that kind of thing from someone that does it correctly, I prefer subtlety.
     
  5. TimmyPage

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    I can't decide, I've never really spent any quality time with a vintage trem, but I can get some really nice noises on the bigsby's I've tried.

    I was over at a friend of mine's house a few weekends ago, her dad owns an old Charval, locking trem and all. She was amused with the motor cycle noises I could make..
     
  6. GDking

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    I have never liked using trems and have always blocked them, yet every guitar I have really bonded with in my life has had one as factory equipment that I needed to block.

    So not sure where that leaves me.
     
  7. omni

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    If I could have one stay in tune after I used it, maybe.
     
  8. archtopjazz

    archtopjazz Gold Supporting Member Gold Supporting Member

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    At the moment I have 2 Strats with bars.
    They are not floating.
    Will be picking up a Johnny A with Bigsby within the next few weeks.
    Really looking forward to that.
     
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    I have a Strat with floating trem, but I find I only put the trem bar on once in a while when I get the urge... 5% of the time, if that.
     
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    Semi-hollow with a Bigsby. The last two strats I've had were hardtail.
     
  11. pluto

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    Nope. My only whammy bar guitar is a maestro on my flying v and it looks like it would break if I actually were to use it.
     
  12. devilrob1979

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    I have a Hipshot on my Strat and a Kahler Pro on my Carvin. I like 'em both. It'd be hard to do Setzer's version of "Sleepwalk" without one and harmonic squeals are fun I don't care who you are.
     
  13. burner

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    That's what I like about the Floyd Rose, it stays in tune.

    (if you stretch your strings properly in the first place and don't use a cheap-o FR copy)

    With all of the trem blockers out there, it's easy to lock it if you don't wanna use it, and then un-do it if ya' do.

    Some people will try to make the argument that a locking nut robs tone but in my experience it doesn't take away enough to matter.
    Rarely have I heard it make any significant difference.

    Of course here on TGP people analyze things to the nth degree.
    :NUTS

    I've tried all the roller nuts, graphite, locking tuners,etc., but nothing works better than a Floyd, IMO.
     
  14. 8Painting

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    When they work perfectly, I love them.

    My old strats bar RULED.

    Used it all the time.

    I ended up putting 5 strings on it, and liked how it sounded after that.

    My jags trem was a headache, so i hardtailed that too.

    I don't have any trems on any of my guitars, though anymore, ironically.
     
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    wasnt but now am

    partly os of teh zing the springs impart and it can be v subtley used ( forget the floyd stuff)
     
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    PUCKBOY99 Silver Supporting Member

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    Typically, I don't use one......but I just picked up a Gretsch with a Bigsby & I'm pretty sure that it's a law that when you have a Gretsch with a Bigsby, you have to use it ! :D

    I'm getting used to it & I'm having fun with it, so.....I'm coming around to them :AOK
     
  17. MartinC

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    I've got 2 electrics with and one without. Both the whammy-equipped guitars are set up to go up and down. I never pull up, other than when compensating for pitch drop on un-bent strings when playing something that involves a bent and an un-bent string. Only use it to add a little but of shimmer and to tease out harmonics. If I only had one guitar it would have a whammy.
     
  18. Macaroni

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    I've got 2 guitars with Skyway Vibrato Bridges and 2 with no whammys. The Skyway sounds like a hardtail bridge and stays in tune perfectly. Plus there's no rear routing, so there's more guitar wood in play - literally.

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  19. Ascension

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    I have mostly Wilkerson 100's now days and only a couple of Floyds. I normally will have 1 guitar with a bar and 1 hardtail with me on a gig. I do a lot of subtle full chord vibrato stuff with a trem as well as floating from below the pitch up to pitch like Dan Huff or Keaggy and the like on single note lines.
     
  20. DøøG

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    +1 on that. My 3 trem gits have Floyds on them. I do some of the "extreme" bar stuff, it's the only thing that will stay in tune IMO.
     

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