Confused on something Strat-related

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Been trying to get some info on Strats (never owned one), and have read many of the recent threads here, etc. Basically what it boils down to is I like that "rubbery" tone they seem to have, maybe not as "in your face" or aggressive as certain Tele sounds. Now, is this a function of less mass, springs, a combination, etc.?

If the trem is blocked, isn't that like having a "hardtail"? Would you still get that rubbery (I've heard it called 'sproing-y') tone? Or would using 5 springs give a similar result? I want to get one, but I don't use/need the trem.

Finally, I was reading somewhere that if you really bend a string while playing another, you can throw the tuning off (it has something to do with the trem or something along those lines)?

So basically, I like the sound, but want to minimize tuning issues and do not need to use the trem-what would be the best way to proceed with that in mind?

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In my experience, the springs & inertia block make much of the tone of a strat - added to the out-of-phase inbetween tones on the selector - and the positioning of the neck pickup that pulls on the strings at the point of a natural harmonic.

A hardtail won't have the springiness at all, but will definitely have the other characteristics.
 

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In my experience, the springs & inertia block make much of the tone of a strat - added to the out-of-phase inbetween tones on the selector - and the positioning of the neck pickup that pulls on the strings at the point of a natural harmonic.

A hardtail won't have the springiness at all, but will definitely have the other characteristics.
+1 on this. If the strat is set up well with decent parts staying in tune won't be an issue.
 

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In my experience, the springs & inertia block make much of the tone of a strat - added to the out-of-phase inbetween tones on the selector - and the positioning of the neck pickup that pulls on the strings at the point of a natural harmonic.

A hardtail won't have the springiness at all, but will definitely have the other characteristics.
Right, this is what I was getting at...it's that "springiness" sound I'm after, so I did hear a hardtail and didn't hear that as much...more "Tele-like" I guess. So what I want is to have that springy tone, yet I don't have any need for the whammy bar use (I just don't use it in my playing).
 

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Just leave the bar in the case. They're a great guitar. You'll probably take to it like a duck to water.
 




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