FYI, the Tex Mex Strat sells for around $849, not $300.   Your link has been automatically embedded. In any case, it's worth experimenting; you could try blocking the trem, and if you don't like that, try a tremble-no. Discussion in 'Electric Instruments' started by Chrisk-K, Dec 18, 2014. You must either barely touch the strings, don't use your trem a lot, or have never gigged heavily. But now I'm hearing people say that's all a myth and that a floating trem rings out more. That absorption isn't necessarily a bad thing, of course. A: Blocking a tremolo means to set it up so that it can only go down in pitch, not up. Once the tremolo is in the desired position, turn the guitar back over and measure the distance between the spring block (the part on the bottom of the tremolo where the springs attach) and the body inside the cavity toward the neck. Note: Your post will require moderator approval before it will be visible. I think he might have had it decked but not blocked. Decide what angle you want the tremolo to tilt; slightly forward, parallel to the body (PRS-style), or tilted back.   Pasted as rich text. By Also, keep in mind that there are two schools of thought regarding the efficacy of this modification. You can post now and register later. (this is one of my least fav about floating). It's just plain wrong, I tell you! Loosen the strings and remove the tremolo springs. Phone Hours | How to Record a Great Acoustic Guitar Sound in an Apartment, Iconic Guitar Tones: John Mayer's "Slow Dancing in a Burning Room", It can help keep the guitar in tune after “dive-bombing”, It’s a must if you change among alternate tunings; since the tremolo doesn’t float, the strings are easier to re-tune. In a live situation i doubt that anyone would notice the tone difference anyway. As for me, I spend $35 on a pick. Clapton has been blocking his for ages, been doing alright tonewise.. I use a Super Vee Mag-Lok. One of the greatest features of the iconic Fender Stratocaster is the synchronized tremolo system which built upon the revolution in music centered around the electric guitar. Install the block between the spring block and the body — lightly gluing it will hold it in place in most cases. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account. This comment reminds me of Jimi Hendrix's Woodstock version of Red House. × This is not ideal. Btw, you'll see no argument from me that blocking is a fine idea for a performer. Because if I break a string I can finish the tune. I've set it up following this artist's advice. Exclusive deals, delivered straight to your inbox. You could use one of the many available trem stopper devices. Trem is blocked on the Strats, and Floyds on the Charvels. Since it's been so long since I've played a floating trem I can't even remember. I could never deal with that. Pros - easier to set up, no vibrato to worry about if you don't use it. A) Vibrato cand ONLY go down and back to pitch. I have broken many strings. I bet those who think blocking kills tone wouldn't know the difference in a blind listening test. First a word of warning: If you’re not confident in your ability to make this modification, take your guitar to a qualified repairperson.   You cannot paste images directly. Seems hard to calibrate the strings vs springs just right though. Of course it happens, but for guys who don't play out, blocking a trem is not necessary. 2) The beauty that is attained by raising the pitch, and increasing the string tension!!!!   Your previous content has been restored. I have played Strats and Charvels live for many years. Seems hard to calibrate the strings vs springs just right though. sorry if the pics are huge. Take a piece of 1″ poplar and cut it to the width of the tremolo’s spring block. A lot of people prefer it. However, Eddie Van Halen has his Floyd Rose tremolo bridge set up this way. I can't think of an example of him going up on the trem. B)Double stop bends can be in tune! its very loud acoustically and has a really big tone, IMO. It's the idea that it hands down adds to one's tone that's misguided. Ok sorry for those who have heard this question a million times but here goes: For years I've taken it as a given that lowering a tremolo to be flush with the guitar's body by tightening the springs gives it better overall resonance and therefore fuller tone and more sustain. That's a good sign. Probably, the most commonly used technique is to install small pieces of material in a zig-zag pattern between the perimeter joists to create a rigid rim joist that prevents bounce and increases the strength of the rail attachment. Interesting tutorial. Anyway, from what I've read, I gather that there are two main ways to resolve this problem: either by blocking, or by decking. Sweetwater Sound It has been clearly demonstrated to me though my own experience that a Strat sounds like a strat when the back of the trem is off the body. × In my case, I don't whammy so my only concern really is maximizing tone quality and resonance. So I'm not sure if I'd try this. Or do I have to adjust the 6 bridge screws after adding another spring? Powered by Invision Community, Pros and cons of decking / blocking a tremolo. , Listening is really not the same as listening while playing. This is obviously a consequence of the way the bridge is designed to be loose in order to allow the tremolo bar to operate. Remove the tremolo bar’s cavity cover on the back of the guitar. Happy customers, one piece of gear at a time! this guitar is my number one. ). I'm doing those things for me, not the listener. Even without burrs on the saddles and such, strings break. I don't use the trem, so I want to deck it. From the tweakiest techniques to the biggest ideas, our experts work hard to constantly supply inSync with a steady stream of helpful, in-depth demos, reviews, how-tos, news, and interviews. Plus, a central part of my style involves bending one string combined with another not bent and as we all know, the tremolo sends the second note flat. Wether you like it or not is probably an entirely personal question. With a floating trem you can't even one note your way out. Just got a Strat--haven't unpackaged it yet, even--so I don't know what I will wind up doing--but I really enjoyed that video, and I thank you for posting it. Personally, at home where i can hear minute details, i like the floating trem tone better, so even though i can appreciate the practical aspects of a decked trem i keep my trems floating. i think the way i've got it set up in the back helps that. Imo, of course. Store Hours, If you have any questions, please call us at (800) 222-4700. Learn More. A lot of people prefer it. Attach the tremolo springs and tighten the spring claw-screws a couple of turns to add pressure to the block. You must have a really light touch, cause I've broken plenty of strings. © 1995-2019 Harmony Central, Inc. All rights reserved. Display as a link instead, × Why would I want this and how is it done? 5501 U.S. Hwy 30 W, Fort Wayne, IN 46818 This site uses cookies to help personalise content, tailor your experience and to keep you logged in if you register. That absorption isn't necessarily a bad thing, of course. Doing so provides a number of advantages: There are those who feel that this technique renders the tremolo useless. If I think about it, he only really did divebombs. It depends whether you want the resonance that a hollow cavity where the springs and the trem itself are free to resonate. Half way through the song he breaks a string and you can barely even notice. I've realized that unlike the Strat trem, the PRS trem shouldn't be kept decked. Blocking is just wrong. This website uses cookies to improve your experience. Float, Deck, or Block: An Exploration of The Strat Bridge. As for the Tremol-no, maybe I'm missing something, but what's the point of spending $70 on it when wood blocks or coins can block the trem (I won't use the trem at all)? Blocking the trem will absorb some of that vibration and resonance. Taking the previous measurement between spring block and body (closest to the neck), sand or plane the 1″ block to the thickness you measured. Can I simply add another spring? tuning advantages...drop..and broken string will not ruin the gig. First Look: Epiphone's New Prophecy Guitars, Choosing the Best Guitar Body Style for You. Clear editor. The tone does change by a small amount when you deck the trem. Check Out These New Limited-edition Guitars from D'Angelico! In my case, I don't whammy so my only concern really is maximizing tone quality and resonance. That's not even close to a fair point. Everything you love about Sweetwater in the palm of your hand. What may be subtle and/or unnoticeable to someone just listening, may be very noticeable to the guitarist when playing. I guess his strat must have been decked. It's the slight slight flat oscillation that is VERY musical. In that case he must have been a magician cause he managed to continue rocking that version of Red House as if nothing happened. Comments please and keep in mind when comparing things that ALL ELSE BEING EQUAL. Too bad you don't know that I played with a floater for 20 years, but then, how could you? Why? But I suppose I could be mistaken. I myself have noticed more resonsance and vibration in my guitars and have been pleased with the change.

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