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Discussion in 'Other Cool Guitars' started by Gretschmen65, Aug 7, 2020.
If it's about tone, that's one thing. But removing the trem just makes tuning more problematic.
Yes, it does take some getting used to - only having to tune one string without it affecting all the other five strings.
I like the tone of a floating trem. It sounds more lively to me. If I was playing out I’d probably deck it though.
I do not gig but I have played with some other guys and we just tuned out guitars to one of the picky guys who always says his guitar is in perfect tune because he can hear it, yea right, and run from there. Never had an issue with tuning after the sync up. Is it common for people playing out to have tuning issues? I don't experience that on my own. I tune I'm good for a while some time days or more.
I rarely have tuning problems. If I’m bending a lot, the 2nd and 3rd strings will occasionally go flat, but most of my guitars stay in tune quite well.
Any floating trem’ guitar will go a bit sharp if a string breaks. The balance between the springs and the strings changes and that’s all there is too it. The Floyd Rose trems were masterpieces of engineering, but brought with them a price in complexity and the requirement of having an Allen wrench around.
I always use to deck my Strats, but 15 years of life with Bigsbys has changed that. Should I ever own another Strat, the trem’ will be free floating and if I break a string during a song, the audience will just have to suffer.
IMO, it has become an answer in search of a problem. Setting up a Strat is pretty easy, once you’ve done it a couple of times and you can adjust the springs easily, in a matter of a minute or two. Adjust the springs, set the string height, adjust the intonation and you’re ready to go.
If I was to play out, the audience would definitely suffer, broken string or not!
Has anyone used the Schaller sure claw? I'm developing a distaste for the two-screw stamped steel claw.
In my younger days, I blocked all my Strat trems... because Eric Clapton did it that way, and I wanted to be Eric Clapton, of course.
My more recent Strats (i.e., those I've owned in the past 15-20 years) have floated instead, because I grew to love the Bigsbys on my Gretsches, and wanted the same effect on my Strats.
I had mine set up decked. I really like the tone and it stays in time very well.