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Discussion in 'Other Cool Guitars' started by 5120mantis, May 4, 2021.
I keep my Floyds and Edges floating (kinda by default with recessed rout), but never really got on well with floating Strats. I really dig the Jeff Beck warble, I use that trick all the time on my Floyd types. The only times I ever tried setting up a six-screw Strat to float, I had trouble getting it set up to return to zero accurately and consistently. The only other guitar that ever gave me any grief about floating is my RS440, the Pro Rock'r bridge is notorious for binding, but works pretty well decked.
Yep on my Albert Lee which is strat-like.
I decked or blocked all my Strats for 30+ years, and then a couple of years ago I decided to wrestle with the issue and see what I could do. And now my two top Strats are floating quite well.
Yes, all 3 of my Strats have the bridge floating. I have no trouble with tuning stability. I stretch each new string until it finally stays in tune after being stretched.
I deck mine....
Yeah my other strat is blocked
Mine is floating, guitar stays in tune better than any guitar I have ever had shockingly. Hardly use the tremolo though, but still can go a week without touching a tuning peg.
MIM Player Strat
3 Strats and they are all 3-springers & lightly decked. As much as I've tried floating them, it's my preferred choice (which BTW I have no problem setting them up and working great!)
I am most comfortable resting my palm on the bridge which in itself will cause pitch change. The other issue being string bends that detunes the other strings. Of course, break a string and all goes out of tune. But keeping them lightly decked allows me to drop pitch and since I don't even do that much, it works for me. And I've never detected a significant difference in sustain or tone from floating vs decked!
As opposed to my Gretsch guitars... all with Bigsbys, the design allows me to rest my palm just behind the bridge, and no pitch change. String bends don't seem to affect tuning. But unfortunately, a string break still will screw it up.
In all cases, their tuning remains very stable, but it becomes a choice on how I prefer to use them...
Floating for my whole herd of Strats and two Albert Lees and a Comanche. I played with my old Strat decked for almost 3 decades before I learned how to set up a Strat term. Now I wouldn't want it any other way.
Mine are decked. I'm afraid I never learned how to really use the vibrato. I rather listened to BB King and learned how to do it his way
Both of mine are floaters.
Deck for me, that's only because if I look at my trem the wrong way...it goes out of tune, ha!
I'm a big bender and fretting hand vibrato guy, and a floater negatively affects all of that. I'm a decker.
Been using Strats for almost 45 years and those bridges have all floated- never had issues. If Leo meant the bridge to wiggle, then that's how it should be.
Another floater here. And also my first post.
I float with 3 springs....
Float on a couple, decked on one. No real differeence I can tell.
Used to float, it does sound different then decked to me. Went from 4 to 5 springs but ended up decking it as I am a infrequent user of the trem bar but bend often with my fingers and floating bridge made it impossible for me to attempt to hit pitch. The more I'd bend with my fingers the more the bridge moved, once that started to happened with 5 springs I was out.