Strat owners: Do you use your whammy bar?

Discussion in 'Guitars in General' started by grritz, Jul 21, 2019.

Strat owners: Do you use your whammy bar?

Poll closed Jul 28, 2019.
  1. Yes

    341 vote(s)
    60.4%
  2. No

    224 vote(s)
    39.6%
  1. grritz

    grritz Supporting Member

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    I've played Stratocasters for the past five years. Two or three times, I've tried out the whammy bar, putting it back away after each time. For me, it doesn't add enough capability for me to have to put up with concerns about staying in tune. What are your thoughts?
     
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  2. Ferg Deluxe

    Ferg Deluxe Gold Supporting Member

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    I love the idea of it more than the reality.
     
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  3. grritz

    grritz Supporting Member

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    Yea...I think that's where I am, too. If I could play like Jeff Beck, I'd probably use the whammy. But, alas, I'm no Jeff Beck.
     
  4. Cheddar Kung Pao

    Cheddar Kung Pao Member

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    I didn't have mine in my Strat until I started working on Riviera Paradise last month or so. I feel like to play that song right I gotta have the bar in.
     
  5. grritz

    grritz Supporting Member

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    Wow! I love that song. And I think you're right: Can't play it without the whammy.
     
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    Blix Supporting Member

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  7. Totally Bored

    Totally Bored Member

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    Yes all the time. I'm addicted to it :omg

     
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  8. Shiny_Beast

    Shiny_Beast Supporting Member

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    I've got a collection of broken bars
     
  9. FenderBigot

    FenderBigot Supporting Member

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    Two of my strats are floating, one is decked. I use it when it’s called for, but not any extra.
     
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  10. GTRJoe

    GTRJoe Supporting Member

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    I have EC Strats. One is blocked the other is floating. I think it works about as good as it can. Vintage style tremolos sound good but as I'm sure we are all aware they do have a fair number of quirks and annoying little issues.
     
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  11. derekd

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    Had a US Strat for 15 years. Had the trem blocked.

    Currently have a strat partscaster that didn't come with the trem arm. Don't miss it.

    I admire guys who use'em to good effect, I'm just not one of those guys.
     
  12. GenoVox

    GenoVox Member

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    Gotta use the whammy bar... it’s part of playing a Strat, IMO

    Nowadays I only use it for chords or a little accent to phrasing, like bending up into notes (think Beck on “People Get Ready” - though TBH, there are times in recent years I’ve wished Jeff would give that bar a rest... sounds like a warped record sometimes)

    No dive bombs for me anymore... probably not in a couple decades :p

    It helps to have locking tuners, and either a roller nut or a self-lubricating one
     
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  13. wreckmark

    wreckmark Supporting Member

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    A properly set up Stratocaster will stay in tune with normal whammy usage. No locking tuners or locking nut either.

    I used to block my trem-block so it wouldn’t move when I was younger. Then I wanted to use it and learned the secrets. The main one being making sure the strings don’t bind/stick in the nut, under string trees and making sure strings are stretched out properly. ;)
     
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    All Floyd Roses on my Custom Shop strats. I love using it and love the Floyd on them!
     
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  16. Jabby92

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    Yeah and anyone who doesn't really should have just bought a Tele IMO.
     
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  17. Arc Anjil

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    The music I hear in my head when I play just doesn't have any "whammy" in it, so neither my Strat nor my PRS have the bar installed.
     
  18. Obsessive Tinkerer

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    Depends on what I’m going for. I’ve also got a hardtail, one with aFloyd Rose and a bunch with two point trems. I play a lot of styles and stand in with bands of many genres, so I like the versatility.
     
  19. mattmccloskey

    mattmccloskey Supporting Member

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    Absolutely. That’s why it’s there!

    To keep it in tune, you definitely have to carefully tweak the set up and maintain it. Proper stringing (with minimal wraps), careful adjustment of mounting screws, adjustment of claw, attention to nut slots, lubrication of slots,etc.

    Some of the newer vintage style trems with slight tweaks work really well- I just installed a Wudtone and the stability is excellent.
     
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  20. cap10kirk

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    Yep, I use it quite a bit. Usually for a either a subtle vibrato or a little flutter here and there, I don't go crazy with it. If I wasn't going to use it, I wouldn't have routed the body for it.
     
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