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Just say no to Tremolo!

Discussion in 'Stratocaster Discussion Forum' started by BentheMighty, Feb 27, 2010.

  1. BentheMighty

    BentheMighty Tele-Meister

    Jan 10, 2010
    San Antonio
    Hahha, I was wondering if there was anyone else here that plays their Strat without the whammy bar? I've had two Strats and always put the bridge flush with the body. I've never used or felt compelled to use the whammy bar. Too much time on the Tele I guess.

  2. Tim Armstrong

    Tim Armstrong Super Moderator Staff Member Ad Free Member

    Mar 5, 2003
    Austin, Texas
    Admin Post
    I like having a wang bar sometimes, it's nice for certain chordal things.

    Oh, and to be totally pedantic, Fender mis-named it, "tremelo" refers to volume modulation, the correct term would be "vibrato" which refers to pitch modulation...


  3. tazzboy

    tazzboy Former Member

    May 5, 2005
    Just add some additional tension springs to your vibrato and be done with it.

  4. LakePlacidBlue

    LakePlacidBlue Former Member

    Aug 9, 2009

  5. TheDragonReborn

    TheDragonReborn Tele-Meister

    Jan 4, 2009
    Heerlen, NL, Europe
    Lolz.. :lol: I think you just "kicked in an open door" (expression translated
    from Dutch). From what I read here there are lot's of members with a Strat
    who never use the "whammy". There are members who just do what you did.
    Other members also add springs or just block the 'trem completely. This is
    a more expensive but versatile method;

    I looked for a hardtail Strat myself. Found a nice Yamaha Strat copy from
    the 80's. My current project.:) It will keep me busy for quite some time.


    ps. going through TDPRI threads is quite addictive, imho...;)

  6. woodman

    woodman Grand Wazoo @ The Woodshed Ad Free Member

    Nov 28, 2004
    Mint Hill, NC
    I've had three over the years, and the bar ended up sitting in the case for all of them. Too many tuning headaches!

  7. gregorypause

    gregorypause Tele-Meister

    Jul 10, 2009
    I don't use the whammy on my Strat either. Wait a minute. It is a hardtail.

  8. Ethical

    Ethical Tele-Holic

    Feb 22, 2008
    Norfolk, UK
    My No 1 Strat still has the foil sticker over the hole where the bar fits :~)


  9. caliban335

    caliban335 Tele-Afflicted

    May 4, 2007
    Cleveland, Ohio
    How ya gonna do your Dick Dale without one? I like em.

  10. pjholland

    pjholland Tele-Holic

    May 1, 2009

    I believe I'm on my 4th strat now and I've always laid the bridge flat. I blame it on Clapton.

  11. E5RSY

    E5RSY Poster Extraordinaire

    Mar 5, 2009
    Georgetown, TX
    Although I don't use the bar much, I still float the bridge per Fender factory set-up specs. I think it's part of the desired sound with this guitar.


  12. nadzab

    nadzab Friend of Leo's

    Mar 23, 2009
    New England
    I'm usually a blocker. Bridge plate decked, springs moderately tight, use the belt sander to get make a perfect-fitting wedge between the sustain block and body.

    Always considered the tremolo effect to be somewhat of a novelty. Have you ever noticed that in 90% of the photos that people post of their strats, there's no arm installed?

  13. KC

    KC Friend of Leo's

    Mar 16, 2003
    Missoula, Montana
    I'm in 2 bands these days, A blues trio & a 6-piece where I back up two women singers. Never ever use the whammy bar in the blues band (in fact, play a tele most of the time). Can't get through the night without one on the pop stuff for the 6-piece, a strat or lately a tennessee rose. Fun!

  14. sjtalon

    sjtalon Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

    Playing a Strat without using the "Tremolo" is like shootin' a M-16 on semi-auto :p

  15. Heritage

    Heritage Tele-Meister

    Sep 4, 2009
    Washington, DC
    It's easier to just bend the whole neck--but not nearly as cool looking.;)

  16. BentheMighty

    BentheMighty Tele-Meister

    Jan 10, 2010
    San Antonio
    Don't get me wrong, I don't look down on whammy bar use by any means. It's just strange though, I've never felt like I had had to use it. I messed with it a couple times before flushing the bridge but just.... nah.

    And the thought of Floyd Roses and the hassle of changing strings on those... great googly moogly I don't think I'll ever buy one ever just the thought is making me urkkk.

  17. brookdalebill

    brookdalebill Telefied Ad Free Member

    Nov 15, 2009
    Austin, Tx
    It's the icing on the cake for my Strat and Gretsch.

  18. JD0x0

    JD0x0 Poster Extraordinaire

    Feb 22, 2009
    New York
    +1 i just moved on to teles. For the one time i might use the whammy it's not worth the loss in tuning stability, sustain and tone (IMO)

  19. flyingbanana

    flyingbanana Poster Extraordinaire

    Ya know...has anyone ever tried putting their strat in its hard case with the tremolo bar inserted? I can't even remember if it fits in the case unless you remove it first...

  20. fraser

    fraser Tele-Holic

    Sep 8, 2007
    Hamilton, Canada
    ive played strats since i was a kid-
    never used a whammy bar. dont like them.
    i just deck the bridge using the springs- i like the springs- its like a reverb tank.
    even in the hands of a jimi or srv, whammy bars just never sounded good to me.

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