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. Gl4th

    Gl4th Member

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    No, it’s not my style
     
  2. Dave Merrill

    Dave Merrill Supporting Member

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    As a pretty new EJ strat owner, a few months, I first had it in, because it was there, and because it's awesome when used well.

    However...
    a) I've been playing a very long time without one, and it's way not second nature to use it much, musically or physically.
    b) When I try to do things I hear the masters do, that's not what comes out. The cure for that I know is Practice, but I haven't done that enough for it to stop feeling awkward to pick up, put down, and use.
    c) It's in the way, or not handy, or both. Some of that is that the bar angles up near the end, which doesn't make sense to me.
    d) It's a (minor) pain to take it off to put the guitar in the case, and put it back on when I take out again.
    e) It won't swing all the way out of the way, because it hits the plug.

    The EJ stays in tune pretty well, unless you dump it, then pulling back up may or may not fix it. Unblocked and unused, it stays in tune quite well.

    So the real answer is no I don't use it much now, but maybe I will some day.
     
  3. Wrubird

    Wrubird Member

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    60% of the time I use it all the time.
     
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  4. RJLII

    RJLII Member

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    Nope. I decked both my Strats. I wish I had a hardtail.
     
  5. GuitarMakerNyc

    GuitarMakerNyc Member

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    If you're going to deck your trem, why not just buy a hardtail!?! The block is the equivalent of hanging truck nuts off your car, just dead weight.
     
  6. dmac in SC

    dmac in SC Silver Supporting Member

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    Just put in 5 springs...it's decked
     
  7. jnovac1

    jnovac1 Supporting Member

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    boulevard of broken bars
     
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  8. jnovac1

    jnovac1 Supporting Member

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    never had a problem. but i use g&l.
     
  9. cratz2

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    On strats with HBs, almost never.

    On strats with S/S/S, definitely. Nothing too wild, but very often to do a half or whole step drop on the open low E. I play a lot of surf and that move is definitely a staple.

    I think I only have one S/S/S that has the trem decked as that's the only one with tuning stability issues with vibrato use.
     
  10. aussie_owner

    aussie_owner Member

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    Up until a few weeks ago, I would have said no, because my partcaster has a decked trem. But since I got my American Professional, I've been really enjoying it. It seems to stay in tune regardless of how much I use the trem. Love the pop-in arm, much easier that the old screw-in types.
     
  11. GuitarMakerNyc

    GuitarMakerNyc Member

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    Hardtail's also sound different than a decked trem.
     
  12. Atmospheric

    Atmospheric Supporting Member

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    It's an integral part of what I do. I do all sorts of things with it. Gentle tremolo, karate chop dive bombs, detunes. But I don't use it every song. That would be turning it into a stupid pet trick. In fact my ideal is to never do ANYTHING more than twice a night, otherwise people start to see it coming.
     
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  13. Halo of Convenience

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    I've never used my trem arm other than to just goof around. But I do prefer my trem floating nonetheless for the tone.
     
  14. Tepid Pilot

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    First thing I did last year when I finally broke out my only Strat, a Y2K American Series inherited from my deceased little brother sixteen years ago, was to block the trem. I need to learn to play a whole lots better before I'll unblock it.

    TP
     
  15. LTigh

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    I deck all my non-Floyd, non-PRS trems, but keep the bar in because I do some dives and vibratos on occasion.

    Fight me.
     
  16. awp

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    Never. It is still in the plastic bag that came with my Strat new and the little piece of tape is still on the hole in the bridge.

    My Strat is set to float as I like the sound of my guitar better that way. Every once in a while I might palm my bridge down to get a slight warble.
     
  17. cheapgtrs

    cheapgtrs Supporting Member

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    I don't use it for dive bombs or anything but I like a little warble here and there.
     
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  18. fenderjapan

    fenderjapan World Heavyweight Champion Silver Supporting Member

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    Yes, but I don't float my trems. Down only.
     
  19. awp

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    I might have gone that route but Fender doesn't make many hard tail Strats
     
  20. dbbude

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    I tend to lean on the strings a bit to keep stray notes from ringing out and do so forcefully enough that I kept knocking it out of tune without even using the bar. I had the bridge tightened from the floating position. I have tried other strat-type guitars with the same outcome, so it's just not for me. Still love it though
     

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