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post #1 of 18 (permalink) Old 10-09-2003, 04:22 AM Thread Starter
 
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Tremolo Stretches

When the tremolo arm is bent up it raises the pitch of the note, but by how much is the norm?

I have three jems with lo-pro trems in and at max I can get three semitones increase in pitch. I'm sure I read somewhere about raising about a fifth??
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post #2 of 18 (permalink) Old 10-09-2003, 06:26 AM
 
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Your tremolo is set at a low angle then. You should raise it by lossening the screws that hold the springs in the back of your guitar.
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Or your action is set incredibly low.
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the angle is normal ie parallel to body on all three... and I would say it particularly low action as it doesn't choke when the bar is raised.

hmmm.. how much is the norm for pitch to be raised by the trem system then?
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Are the notes choking out or is the trem bottoming out?
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the action is high enough for the arm to be pulled up fully and the strings not to be choking but the pitch only raises 2/3 semitones....
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If I remember right, you should be able to hit as much as a perfect 4th above the plucked note when pulling up.
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davester, how many semitones will that be? 5 semitones?
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perfect forth is 2 and a half whole steps, so thats five yeah
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thought so.. so if this supposedly achievable on a jem with a lo-pro on (I presume) all six strings..... why don't mine??
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I also heard that you can do that only on the G string. I think it has something to do with different string having different tensions when tuned.

I never maxed it out but I know the pitch does go up drastically on the G.
Pluck a harmonic on the 3rd fret on the G string and watch her scream.

(and remember to wear protective gogles )
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cheers courjan... if it is only the G string that will raise 5 semitones that gives me at least a bit more confidence in my trems as my G string will raise by 4 semitones at the moment.
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You can get as much pullup out of it as your strings will stand. All depends on how much neck shim and how high the action is. I just make sure that I'm getting a minimum of a natural 4th when I setup a guitar.
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so rich if the trem angle is parallel, and the max pull up I can get is just short of a natural 4th (are we still talking about the G string only??) is trem set to low??

mods... this may need to be moved to TECH SETUP now as I think rich answered the original question
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If you want more pullup you'll either have to raise the action or add more neck shim.
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