I'm new to setting up a Strats - how many springs should I use for 11s. Don't plan to use the trem arm much.
Do NOT do that - that's absolutely the wrong thing to do with any Strat set-up, floating or non-floating. It's a very common mistake, and can lead to severe problems in extreme cases - damaged finish or even snapped screw heads - and at the very least tuning stability issues.Originally posted by harryjmic
If you don't use it that much why not just screw down the six bridge plate screws and be done with it?
So do I.Originally posted by AlexT
I believe that one of the components of the strat tone is the floating tremolo.
Ah... I don't think so. Springs (good ones) don't absorb energy, they store it. Friction is what absorbs energy. I find that a really well-set-up Strat-type trem sustains longer than an equivalent hardtail.Originally posted by Kevan
Lastly, anytime a spring is in the equasion, sustain is lost. Springs are big time absorbers. It might be dramatic, or it might be slight, but it does happen. A properly setup trem will sustian wonderfully, but won't sustain as long as a hardtail of the same model