Where are all the whammy bars?

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  1. Clark Leach

    Clark Leach Member

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    Over the years I have purchased quite a few (used) tremolo-equipped guitars. Not one of them still had the whammy bar. Almost every one I see for sale on-line is also whammy deficient. Where do they all go? Do they make their way to the closet and morph into clothes hangers?

    Just wondering...
     
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    I have and still own trem-equipped guitars. I leave the arm in the case. While I can use it, I don't want it to be to relied on, as I see others relying to heavily on it.

    I deck my trem and use it as a regular bridge.
     
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    I have 3 or 4 extra ones sitting in the parts bin :)
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    The thing is, they're such wonderful back scratchers...
     
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    nmiller Drowning in lap steels Gold Supporting Member

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    I'm sticking mine on banjos.

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    I'm guessing they go to the same place where all my picks go...
     
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    I probably have some in my sock drawer.
     
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    Mine are in my parts bin!
     
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    I have them. Whenever I see a box or pencil can of individually priced whammy bars inside the used spare parts display case at a used guitar shop, I make them an offer for the entire can and snap them all up. Then I sell them to missing whammy bar guitar owners at a ridiculous inflated price.
     
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    kwaping Guitar payer

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    I... what... can't... why... :thud


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    I have probably a dozen of various type, mostly vintage fender types, in my parts box.
    Plus one on each strat type guitar.
     
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    Every Guitar Center has a box behind the guitar desk full of whammy bars.
     
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    Now I've got that Kingston Trio song stuck in my head.
     
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    I put all of mine in my left socks. They all mysteriously disappear.
     
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    I have a little pit out in the woods full of them. I don't know why. Life long compulsion.

    Don't look in any of the nearby pits please.
     
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    nmiller Drowning in lap steels Gold Supporting Member

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    It's a one-off creation by Fender for Freddie Morgan, a banjo player who used to work with Spike Jones. It was built in 1969 or 1970.

     
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    If you make a fist and punch your trem assembly, it works just as well for "vibrato". I'm guessing this has caught on, so people are ditching their bars.
     
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    I used to do that, but now my trem assembly hardly floats at all due to the 5 springs holding it down. So now I just bend the neck and get banned from playing other peoples guitars
     
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    That's a good question. I guess they end up in the trash along with the plastic tremolo compartment cover. I mean seriously some people just seem to take them off and throw them away.
     
  20. shovelhead82

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    I keep mine in my parts drawer. There are several including whammy bars from my 66 Mustang and 72 Strat which I parted with in the 70's.
     

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