Discussion in 'Guitars in General' started by grritz, Jul 21, 2019.
I have four superstrats and I don't use the whammy bar.
If I didn't want to use a vibrato bar, I wouldn't be playing a Strat.
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!
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"
If you want it to stay in tune, you need to float it.
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?
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
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
No dive bombing for me but I do use it.
I like the subtle way David Gilmour uses it in his playing.
Five springs and decked...
I cannot pick up one of my Strats without going to town with the whammy. Just part of my dna as a player.
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.
Mine is decked.
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.
Nope. Lost my whammy!
Except that they're distinctly different guitars.
Absolutely. It’s great for adding shimmer to chords and single notes. Plus, the whammy is an essential part of the Strat sound.
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.
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.
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).