Any Strat players leave the bridge floating?

Discussion in 'Other Cool Guitars' started by 5120mantis, May 4, 2021.

  1. 5120mantis

    5120mantis Country Gent

    Mar 6, 2011
    Since i got this MIM and it was setup up with a floating tremolo i thought i'd give it a chance i really dig it!
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  2. TubeLife

    TubeLife Synchromatic

    Jan 23, 2020
    I have one floating with 5 Raw Vintage Springs. Stays in tune very well. The other is blocked but I may put a set of the Raw Vintage springs in that one as well.
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  3. swivel

    swivel Country Gent

    May 13, 2018
    I dont, but I only use 3 or 4 springs.
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  4. Teledriver

    Teledriver Synchromatic

    Feb 12, 2011
    Iowa City, IA
    After 28+ years I went floating last year. I credit increased Bigsby use on my 5120, which led to a replacement “shorty” block from GFS on my Strat and giving it a proper floating tremolo setup (nut and claw fine-tuning using 3 springs, plus saddle heights and intonation). Zero tuning issues. It became a ‘new’ guitar!
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  5. Uncle Daddy

    Uncle Daddy Friend of Fred

    Jan 19, 2012
    Maldon UK
    What floating bridge?

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  6. Sid Nitzerglobin

    Sid Nitzerglobin Country Gent

    Jun 8, 2015
    Most of the time I go for a half step of float w/ 3 springs & NYXL .010-.046 w/ a 6 screw strat bridge. The one I've got set up for a half step down I've got at a full step of float w/ 4 springs & .011-.049s.

    Winds up feeling much more like a vibrato than a whammy bar to me that way.
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  7. Mr Swisher

    Mr Swisher Country Gent

    Jun 12, 2012
    Mine has always been a floater.
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  8. wildeman

    wildeman I Bleed Orange

    May 10, 2015
    They all float down here..
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  9. Londoner

    Londoner Gretschie

    Dec 18, 2020
    Yes, but with a Tremol-No fitted for when I want to quickly change to a 'locked' bridge. IMG_8122.jpg
  10. nickurso

    nickurso Gretschified

    Dec 24, 2012
    New Orleans la.
    Yep I keep mine floating

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  11. LivingMyDream

    LivingMyDream Friend of Fred

    All my Strats have been set up with floating bridges. I just recently decided to see what decking the bridge would give me, and so far the jury is still out. I don't find much difference in sustain, so I'm just evaluating tuning stability now. I do know that there are several factors involved with tuning issues, so my evaluation might not reveal much. If not. I'll probably float again.
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  12. JC higgy

    JC higgy Gretschified

    Jun 6, 2008
    Belfast Norn Iron
    I too,am a floater!

    When i owned 2 of them, one was blocked.
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  13. hcsterg

    hcsterg Friend of Fred

    Feb 13, 2012
    Any Strat players leave the bridge floating?

    Yes, me too - on the sole Strat I own : my modded 2005 Squier Std bought 2nd hand unused but leftover...



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  14. Chmason85

    Chmason85 Synchromatic

    May 1, 2018
    Always. Floating 1/8” with four springs but no trem bar. Part of the strat sound is the springs and everything being balanced purely by tension. IMO decking the trem kills the tone.
  15. loudnlousy

    loudnlousy Gretschified

    Oct 18, 2015
    I really hate it when a trem is not set up to pull it up.
    Since I am willing to invest the time into it all my trems -be it Bigsbys, Floyds or Stratocaster devices- stay in tune perfectly.
    It is a matter of patience and experience.
    For me it is not a general question of dealing with the construction but with the tone anymore.
    And I love them all.
  16. Archtops

    Archtops Country Gent

    Mar 4, 2021
    If the strings are installed properly and they’re done stretching, then I prefer a floating bridge. Been a “Floater” all my life.
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  17. wildeman

    wildeman I Bleed Orange

    May 10, 2015
  18. Gretschmen65

    Gretschmen65 Country Gent

    May 20, 2016
    QLD Australia
    I usually block or deck the bridge.

    I dislike the effect of detuning all strings when you bend one or two strings. And, I don't like that all strings go out of tune when one drops tension.
    I don't use vibrato and haven't ever really noticed the difference the springs make that others often mention.
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  19. Gretschmen65

    Gretschmen65 Country Gent

    May 20, 2016
    QLD Australia
    I like that! Even as a sure and solid way of blocking the bridge - apart from the fact it can be unlocked.
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