Re: Does anyone here uses a tremolo stabilizer?
Vai uses the back stop more for stability with double stop bends. Joe satriani doesn't use it at all. When you bend any string the others will go slightly out of tune, a back stop greatly improves this issue.
But to do this you don't have to ruin your setup, all you need to do is remove one trem spring at a time so the trem can pop off, then put the chap stick on, reinsert the springs and you're back where you were. As long as you keep your nut clamped you're golden. Those back stops are tough to find... And expensive. They average around $200. Believe me they're not necessary. Vai was the reason I bought mine too. I saw a video of him and a rig rundown... He talked about the backstop and my eyes bugged. I had to have one. If you arrange your 3 springs in an arrow shaped pattern or just use 4 your double stop bends improve a hell of a lot, and so does the stability when palm muting.
so where do put the oil or chapstick on the posts or the edges or both?
i watched that interview years ago lol but you also have to remember these guys have great techs who setup their guitars before any playing they do, so it will be well setup and in tune for them to play, a regular folk dont have that option, just gotta retune or pay for another setup thats where the stabilizer can simplify things