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

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    60.4%
  2. No

    224 vote(s)
    39.6%
  1. gunslinger

    gunslinger Member

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    I have four superstrats and I don't use the whammy bar.
     
  2. scelerat

    scelerat Silver Supporting Member

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    If I didn't want to use a vibrato bar, I wouldn't be playing a Strat.
     
  3. David B

    David B Silver Supporting Member

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    When locking trems ruled nobody was "afraid of their bar", you just used it and stayed pretty well in tune, now the "in thing" is bent-saddle vintage "trems" that people use as a fixed bridge out of fear. Progress!:rolleyes:

    Locking tuners, properly cut nut, and now locking saddles, it should be safe to use your bar again with some trivial effort.

    I do like the sound of a trem better than that little hardtail strat bridge, so I understand a hardtail player using a blocked trem without ever have intended to "float a chord", or "dive a harmonic"
     
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  4. DGA

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    If you want it to stay in tune, you need to float it.
     
  5. Boris Bubbanov

    Boris Bubbanov Member

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    On the "Fender" template S types, on some I use it some - sparingly.

    When I seriously want some trem, I use one of my (USA) G + L Comanches. The Dual Fulcrum trem is just so much easier to set up for whammy and to maintain while using a bar a lot. Since I have 2 guitars with a better trem, why should I have to use the trem heavy on the other guitars?
     
  6. stanshall

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    definitely like a Stratocaster with a whammy bar

    But I also like Strats set up with all springs attached and a hardtail bridge .....

    my current US Strat from '88-'89 has its whammy bar, my old Jag has its floating tremolo working smoothly, my Tele's got a Stringbender in it, I like having those options even if I only use them occasionally

    really like the Bigsby too whenever I've played it, our family Casino has one ....

    what's not to love about these things? work them with some subtlety and they won't go badly out of tune

    a little bit goes a long way unless you're Jimi and then I want outrageous Strat abuse
     
  7. unseen hand

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    Totally.. when I pull out the Strat I treat it like a white hot wiry wild animal. I’m actually a lot more polite on most other guitars
     
  8. MrGuitarhack

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    No dive bombing for me but I do use it.

    I like the subtle way David Gilmour uses it in his playing.

     
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  9. Mike Duncan

    Mike Duncan Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

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    Five springs and decked...
     
  10. duderanimous

    duderanimous Monsterpiece Fuzz - Fuzz Master Extraordinaire Silver Supporting Member

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    I cannot pick up one of my Strats without going to town with the whammy. Just part of my dna as a player.
     
  11. Bluesful

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  12. Emigre

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    Some songs call for it. How else would I bend down the natural harmonics on Crazy Train???

    It's part of the DNA of a modern electric guitar IMO, I don't use it a lot but I wouldn't want to be without it.
     
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  13. Doomrider78

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  14. kludge

    kludge The droid you're looking for Silver Supporting Member

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    Using the bar is a sort of new thing for me... I noodled a bit before, but not seriously. But in the past couple of months, I've been playing two new-to-me guitars almost exclusively. One is a partscaster strat with a floating trem set up Verheyen style, and I'm starting to get good at playing upward melody and arpeggio lines with it. The other is a custom Tele with a down-only bar. It's more tuning-stable, but not nearly so much fun. Last night, I did a two hour show with my occasional blues band, switching back and forth, and I think I'm more creative when I can pull up. I certainly used the bar heavily with both guitars.
     
  15. amstrtatnut

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    Except that they're distinctly different guitars.
     
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  17. Stratburst70

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    Absolutely. It’s great for adding shimmer to chords and single notes. Plus, the whammy is an essential part of the Strat sound.
     
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  18. wvpv

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    I don't even put the bar in most days. I can get as much action as I need by grabbing or palming the bridge.
     
  19. Stinky Kitty

    Stinky Kitty Silver Supporting Member

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    I float 'em without the bar about three ATM cards off the body and just lean on the bridge with my palm for slight vibrato. The arms usually collect in a bin somewhere.
     
  20. Jaguar

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    I have a Sergio Vallin (H/S/S) strat and use the trem for downpitch only (shimmer). It stays in tune very well with the 2-point trem and locking tuners. But still I prefer the trem on my jazzmaster and jaguar, the best design for how I use the trem by far (no divebombs).
     

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