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Strat guys: Trem or no?

frankencat

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How many of you guys use the trem on your strats? I have mine blocked but I was thinking of unblocking it.
 

hogy

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To me, it's not a Strat without a functioning trem. It's so much part of the Strat sound.

I remember when hardtail vintage Strats were half the price of equivalent trem models. "Hard tail, hard sale".
 

hyde

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I haven't used the trem on my strat for years. My playing style just doesn't call for it and if it did, I probably wouldn't be playing a strat. However, I do like the springy tone I get from a blocked strat bridge. It definitely sounds different than a fixed bridge to these old ears.

Cheers,
Hyde
 

ARch

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I don't use it that often either, but I really like having the option, but I don't do the screw-on trembars anymore. Since I've had the G&L pop-in trem, life has been beautiful :D
 

Birddog

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One of my two Strats is blocked.

The other has 5 springs and I use the trem sparingly during practice. Not at all used during gigs.

My Showmaster (Strat type Fender with humbuckers) is also blocked.

I actually LIKE using the trem, but have drifted away from it during gigs and, as a result, in general.
 

daveS

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I gotta have the trem....

I don't use it as much as I used to (past my dive bombing days), but it is great to have it there when you want it.

A good alder strat through a clean amp with a lush reverb sounds like money with use of a trem :D

These days you can have almost any guitar with any type of trem you want...... but when I started, only strats had trems and this is what attracted me to them in the first place.

Trem all the way !

-d
 

Ray Gianelli

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I don't use it that often either, but I really like having the option, but I don't do the screw-on trembars anymore. Since I've had the G&L pop-in trem, life has been beautiful :D
Same here. The pop in arm that comes standard on the American Deluxe Strats is far more to my liking too. Has a set screw in the trem block so it'll stay where you swing it, which works for me.
 

John Hurtt

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I like my strats to have trems, but I don't use them as much as I used to. Some I put five springs on, some I float.
 

Guinness Lad

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You might as well just put a 3rd pu in a tele if you don't set the guitar up to float like Leo designed it. The guitars sound better and the guitar functions the way it's supposed to. When you lay the trem against the body you have the compensate by raising the individual saddles this changes the angle of the string break and IMHO changes everything.
 
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Don't use it much on my strat, but I feel more comfortable knowing it's there. I almost never play the strat actually, but on whim I will grab it and add some wobbly chord action!
 

JUSTJOB

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Yep, I'm with the crowd that has to have the trem floating and functional. It is definately a part of the charm in a Strat for me.
 

5150gtrmonkey

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I actually like the tone of a trem in a strat as opposed to a string through body setup. But I like to have my trem flush with the body with 5 springs on the back so that it doesn't warble when I whack the strings or to keep open string notes from going out of tune when I bend a note at the same time. I do love using the trem now does to give me a pseudo slide sound. Also love playing through a clean amp drenched with reverb and use the trem to get a haunting vibrato sound. Of course, every once and a while I gotta break out my strat with the floyd to do a few dive bombs just for the hell of it! :D
 

frankencat

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Cool. I have my G&L floating and my Strat blocked. Heck, I even have my PRS trem blocked. Maybe I will un-block it :)
 

bluesrules

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Have 2 strats blocked, 1 floating for "Sleep Walk" otherwise don't use trem. I'd rather bend strings and chords with out hearing detuning notes. Definately 5 springs on trem, I'd put a 6th one on if I could find room for it.

Never played a Hard Tail before but my next Strat will search for it.
 




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