I'm a strat player most of the time. I won't even begin to tell you how many strats, Fender and non-Fender, I've tried and bought, looking for that illusive sound. Not much of a tech myself, I usually let others do setup and listen to their advice. After experimenting with woods, changing pickups, neck and other stuff, I'm now getting to how the tremolo affects tone. Most of my strats have had the trem blocked or clamped to the body. I'm starting to think this isn't right for me. A quick search here reveals that a few people consider the tremolo springs act like a sort of mini reverb. Have you experienced this and how does the number of springs affect it? If I want to achieve this, is there a setup method for floating trem that will work better? Am I right in guessing that this will soften the tone of the guitar and reduce the wood type characteristics? I'd be happy to hear your thoughts on this. Thanks.