If you NEVER used the tremolo arm, would you still get a guitar with a trem bridge, or would you go stoptail? Why or why not? Several guitars I like come with the option of either bridge. What effect does each bridge have on the sound of the guitar?
I think different trems have different effects - I love the very subtle inbuilt spring reverb of a Strat trem, and the slight warble when you play hard on a Strat with low spring tension, but a Bigsby is entirely different.
trem give a softer, less direct and powerful attack. Hardtails have better snap and clarity and power behind the note. In general i like hard tails more but I've used trem equipped strats most of my life. Today tho i mostly play hardtails like a tele or LP. By the way, i usually DO deck my trems yet still hear that difference, tho not as much as when floating.