Any Strat players leave the bridge floating?

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

  1. mr coffee

    mr coffee Country Gent

    Oct 7, 2009
    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.

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  2. Henry

    Henry I Bleed Orange

    Apr 9, 2014
    Yep on my Albert Lee which is strat-like.
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  3. SAguitar

    SAguitar Synchromatic

    Jan 17, 2020
    Jack Plate, Oregon
    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.
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  4. GreTschocaster

    GreTschocaster Synchromatic

    Feb 11, 2013
    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.
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  5. radd

    radd Country Gent

    Dec 27, 2017
    Santa Cruz
    I deck mine....
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  6. 5120mantis

    5120mantis Country Gent

    Mar 6, 2011
    Yeah my other strat is blocked
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  7. Gewdkharma

    Gewdkharma Gretschie

    Jan 14, 2018
    Gig Harbor, WA
    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
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  8. FiveAces

    FiveAces Gretschie

    Mar 1, 2009
    San Diego, CA
    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...

    Play on....
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  9. Tony65x55

    Tony65x55 Gretschified

    Sep 23, 2011
    The 'Shwa, Ontario, Canada
    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.
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  10. new6659

    new6659 Country Gent

    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;)
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  11. Ricochet

    Ricochet I Bleed Orange

    Nov 13, 2009
    Monkey Island
    Floater here.
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  12. Dana Rudd

    Dana Rudd Country Gent

    Nov 26, 2019
    Greybull, WY
    Both of mine are floaters.
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  13. jfassett

    jfassett Synchromatic

    Dec 9, 2017
    Deck for me, that's only because if I look at my trem the wrong goes out of tune, ha!
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  14. AZBrahma

    AZBrahma Gretschie

    Dec 18, 2020
    I'm a big bender and fretting hand vibrato guy, and a floater negatively affects all of that. I'm a decker.
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  15. Steveee

    Steveee Electromatic

    Feb 5, 2021
    Melbourne, Victoria
    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.
  16. spoxehub

    spoxehub Newbie

    Apr 16, 2021
    Another floater here. And also my first post.
  17. Iansheridan1978

    Iansheridan1978 Electromatic

    Feb 19, 2021
    I float with 3 springs.... IMG_20201231_193705111.jpg
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  18. Stratiner

    Stratiner Electromatic

    Float on a couple, decked on one. No real differeence I can tell.
  19. cpk313

    cpk313 Newbie

    Feb 20, 2020
    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.
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