Originally Posted by Jakedog
Actually you'd be pretty right with the hardtail comparison. It's why I'm a huge strat fan, but do not dig hardtail strats. They don't sound the same at all to me. They still sound "stratty", just different. I detest trems of any kind, so I deck my trems with five springs, and the claw all the way in. Even with the trem totally disables like that, that guitar sounds different from a hardtail. And that's not just my opinion, Clapton agrees as well. Love him or hate him, I think you'd have to say the guy knows his way around a strat. I know for a fact that if you put a Tele bridge on a hardtail strat, and mount the pickup to the bridge like it is on a tele, you'll get much closer to a tele sound than with with even a hardtail strat bridge. Conversely, a strat trem on a tele, with a pickguard mounted pickup, would not sound very tele-like at all.
This; to me, is simple "no brainer" evident, even as a purely mentally pondered question, but in addition to that, the actual playing experience confirms; to me, what seems self-evident.
I play my Tele much more than my strat. Now, my Strat has the claw in and the trem hard-decked, yet...
When I pick it up and play, not only can I clearly hear the springs in the sound but even with the trim decked the feel of the strings; compared to the Tele is almost rubbery... i.e. The feel has an elasticity that is just not there at all with a Tele... In addition to that
, you can feel the resonance of the springs/trem system in the body and strings as you play.
That system alone makes the strat a vastly different machine.
Anyway, that's my story and I'm sticking with it until experience tells me something different!