Strat owners: Do you use your whammy bar?

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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. thesjkexperienc

    thesjkexperienc ^^^ I made this guitar^^^ Supporting Member

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    Free floating wammys for 40 years now and don’t have any problems with tuning stability. I’ve learned all the tricks of the vintage 6 screw trem and how to keep it in tune and the Polytune tuners make checking your tuning fast and easy.

    Now with the Wudtone tremolo anyone can stay in better tune!

    FWIW I never liked the two post tremolo despite some of the advantages.
     
  2. ellis dee

    ellis dee Member

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    my strat does not have a whammy bar so no. my paul reed smith does have one and i use it.
     
  3. mattmccloskey

    mattmccloskey Supporting Member

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    I recently got the wudtone and it’s a great bridge. Looks and sounds like a vintage trem, but better tuning stability and no slop in the arm.
     
  4. DeadLazy

    DeadLazy Member

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    I feel naked without my whammy bar and I’d switch to an HH Tele with coils split but I hate Bigsby.

    That’s what I’m shopping for next and I’d rather not have to modify one myself. I’d think I’d actually have to move the switching.

    Mostly it allows my to go farther with a bend, or come back down on a bend.

    I don’t wind mine tight so it sits rigid but I let it hang a little lose so I can play with it in my hand and won’t have to reach for it when I am using it.
     
  5. DeadLazy

    DeadLazy Member

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    The new Jazzmaster Pro (also called the stratmaster) has the best trem set up of any guitar I’ve had and better than my Strat.

    It’s an odd guitar but I love mine. I prefer my strat but for some purposes the Jazzmaster is irreplaceable.
     
  6. Thumpalumpacus

    Thumpalumpacus Member

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    I keep mine decked but not blocked, and use it for occasional shimmer.
     
  7. buddaman71

    buddaman71 Student of Life Silver Supporting Member

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    Blocked on my ESP GL56. Floating on my custom Warmoth.
     
  8. Uncle Vinnie

    Uncle Vinnie Member

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    Never even screw it in the block. Just press on the block with the edge of my hand for a slight vibrato.

    Now Jeff Beck on the other hand …
     
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  9. chopsley

    chopsley Silver Supporting Member

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    I like the idea, but Strat ones feel too stiff (or at least mine does). I prefer the feel of a Jazzmaster trem. I've tried taking out a spring or two, but I'm not crazy about what that does to my tone.
     
  10. Jimmy R

    Jimmy R Member

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    I use it very gently, as it was intended.
     
  11. RicOkc

    RicOkc Member

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    I use the bar on my Strat, but it's a Blade Runner not the standard Fender trem.
     
  12. the.godfather

    the.godfather Member

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    Yes. All the time.

    When setup correctly they can be hard to beat for me. I still think the two-point pivot trems are better when setup for that Jeff Beck flutter, 'pull up' stuff, but the six-point trems are just as good when setup correctly. I remember I had an Yngwie Strat once that just refused to go out of tune.
     
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  13. NamaEnsou

    NamaEnsou Supporting Member

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    Back when my Strat still had the stock trem I had to replace it twice due to the bar breaking off so many times and the threads stripping out. Went to a Kahler for about a year, then to the Ibanez Edge, which is still perfect. (still broke a few arms off of it, but it's great.)
     
  14. natebernstein

    natebernstein Member

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    I've owned a Strat for 25 years. For about 23 of those I left the whammy bar in the case. Then I bought another guitar with a Mastery vibrato and started appreciating the whammy a bit more. Now the bar is back on the Strat. I don't use it a ton, but there are times when it comes in quite handy and can add a lot to various parts.
     
  15. grritz

    grritz Supporting Member

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    That’s me!
     
  16. Johnny Ninefingers

    Johnny Ninefingers Member

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    Me too.
     
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  17. lost sailor

    lost sailor Member

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    I have a couple of small David Gilmour size bars and they can get me close to that John Cipollina quiver
     
  18. Cobra

    Cobra Supporting Member

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    No...
    Doan need no steenking whammy!!!
    Mine have been decked with 5 stiff springs for years.
     

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