Setup dilemma - Eb and standard....

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  1. rollyfoster

    rollyfoster Supporting Member

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    Just picked up a new strat style with a floating bridge...

    I spend most of my time at home in standard but the guy I play with most requires tuning down for gigs, which is presenting a problem for the bridge.


    I imagine i'm going to have to deck it, right? Is there another solution? I don't NEED it to float but I like the tone it has going.
     
  2. edward

    edward Supporting Member

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    In standard tuning, set the Trem claw so it is just barely decked. This way when you go to eb it'll still be decked but in either tuning you'll still have enough trm for warbling.

    Or, set the Trem just barely decked in eb, so when you got to standard you'll have a touch of float. Your preference really.

    Edward
     
  3. phazersonstun

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    The band i gig with the most tunes to Eb.
    I keep 2 guitars setup that way with heavier strings and leave em.
    Neither one has a trem.

    Used to use my strat with his band.
    Problem was I like to use heavier strings if tuning down.
    With my trem set up to float & the temperature swings PA has, the guitar didnt really much of a chance to settle. I of course couldnt keep it dialed in for optimal playability.

    I keep my strat in standard now with the trem floating & leave it be.
    If I were switching back & forth on a strat & was not using the trem I'd deck that sucker.

    With the trem decked its very stable.
    The trick then is finding a string gauge that feels good to you in both tunings.
    I usually use 10s in standard but they feel too loose to me tuned down.
     
  4. Custom50

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    I had a similar problem and ultimately bit the bullet and bought a new guitar. I have 2 similar Gibsons that were my live Eb guitars. I normally play home in E standard so I got an epiphone to be my live backup and kept a Gibson to be my at home jamming guitar
     
  5. Help!I'maRock!

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    None of this would be an issue if everyone would embrace Min-E-Tune. :red
     
  6. rollyfoster

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    Thanks for all the input, everyone.

    I reckon this may be the way to go since it's gonna be in standard 90% of the time. I have other guitars but this is now my "main" one that i'm gonna play most at home and the occasional gigs with these guys when i'll have to tune down.
     

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