Fender Artist Series Strats - Why no back plate?

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  1. Aaron

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    I've recently been looking to swap the body of my strat with a lighter one, and have come across a few artist series which don't have a back plate over the tremelo cavity. I'm talking specifically about the Eric Johnson and John Mayer models. Can anyone tell me why they're doing that? Is it just for looks, or is there a certain tonal quality they're going for? I hadn't seen that before (of course I hadn't been looking either).

    Sorry if this has been covered before - I did a search but no luck.
     
  2. SGNick

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    Just a look really... probably easier to adjust the springs (for folks who tinker a lot) and i suppose it's a tad easier to string, as you don't take one possible obstacle out of the way completely
     
  3. jcmark611

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    The artist requested they not be put on there. Thats the way EJ and Mayer like it.
     
  4. loudstuff

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    EJ claims that a removed back plate changes the tone. I don't know about that, but I keep mine off because it makes spring adjustments and strings changes easier.
     
  5. The Last Rebel

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    Of course, Eric being Eric, he insists that is improves his tone.
     
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    I can actually tell a difference in the tone of my Suhr with it off. I take them off strats, always have.
     
  7. PFCG

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    Its just easier to get back there with tools etc.

    The other part is that your shirt will mute the springs if you have it off, and that means it could be quieter, and you wont have that slight natural reverb if it were on.
     
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    Doesn't everyone take them off? They're the strat equivalent of a Tele ashtray, aren't they?
     
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    i took mine off a long time ago because it made changing the strings so much easier. Then all of the cool kids started doing it, and then came the internet and now everyone does it.
     
  10. blueslover

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    yup, and in mayer's case, SRV did it too! lol
     
  11. wildschwein

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    I alway take mine off so I can get some Hendrix-like spring noises by running a pick along them while the guitar is cranked up loud with echo and other effects. Listen to songs like 1983 on Electric Ladyland - especially in the centre section - and you can hear some of these types of sounds. It's also easier and faster to access the trem system this way.
     
  12. acwild

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    I remember seeing an interview with Eric Johnson in which he says that removing the backplate gives him a little more gain. Seriously.
    Just as a public service message, I highly suggest that you keep some clothes on if you don't have a backplate and use your trem. Things that shouldn't get pinched in the springs will, and it hurts like a mf'er!
     
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    Heh!! Sounds like good advice for all those who love to rip off the shirt. I'm lucky I don't have enough confidence in my physique to play topless.
     
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    It's just a lot of work and trouble to put it back on after stringing and adjusment.

    Being an artist, don't have time for that kinda trouble.


    :cool:
     
  15. acwild

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    Ha ha, I wasn't talking about shirts...
     
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    Oh right - For all the hanging low Jimmy Page and Slash immitators then.
     
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    And people who like to sit.:cool:
     

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