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I could care less. I never use it. I might as well play fixed bridge guitars if I don't already. 7 25.00%
I use it but am content with a normal (down only) tremolo 3 10.71%
I'd rather kill myself than play something that doesn't have a Floyd Rose-type floating trem. 11 39.29%
I'll play whatever; tremolo is not a deciding factor when I choose a guitar. 7 25.00%
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post #1 of 22 (permalink) Old 04-23-2012, 01:42 AM Thread Starter
 
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How often do you use your whammy bar?

Every guitar I've had has had just a normal (non-Floyd Rose) tremolo. I almost never use it. I haven't even screwed the whammy bar in in years.

I figure my next guitar will either have a fixed bridge or a floating trem, because there's no reason to get one with a normal tremolo; I might as well just get fixed.

So now I'm trying to figure out if I don't use my whammy bar because I can't do totally rad Vai type stuff with it, or if it's because I just don't care.
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post #2 of 22 (permalink) Old 04-23-2012, 03:32 AM
 
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Re: How often do you use your whammy bar?

I use It every time I play, both up and down.
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Re: How often do you use your whammy bar?

Depends on the song.
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Re: How often do you use your whammy bar?

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I figure my next guitar will either have a fixed bridge or a floating trem, because there's no reason to get one with a normal tremolo; I might as well just get fixed.
You don't bend much behind the nut, do you... (I guess you mean "might as well just get locking". Although reading back I have no clue what you mean...)

A well setup non-locking tremolo is just as fun, and they do not all go out of tune. That said, the Edge looks a lot cooler! And it's all about the looks.
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Re: How often do you use your whammy bar?

I've got 1 guitar with a FR and one without, 2 different guitars, 2 different sounds, 2 different personalities, 2 different muds...
Having sometimes no FR makes to search for other tricks
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Re: How often do you use your whammy bar?

I like both. Obviously the Satch/Vai kind of stuff is better with a Floyd but playing a fixed bridge has its own rewards. It's also challenging to find other "tricks" as satch_jr says if you're playing a tune known to have whammy bar on a fixed bridge.
Honestly the only thing I find myself missing on a fixed bridge are fine tuners. Even a fixed bridge can go slightly out of tune after a while of playing. It's harder to adjust a fixed bridge whilst playing.
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You don't bend much behind the nut, do you... (I guess you mean "might as well just get locking". Although reading back I have no clue what you mean...)
Fixed (no movement):



Floating (can go up or down):

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I like both. Obviously the Satch/Vai kind of stuff is better with a Floyd but playing a fixed bridge has its own rewards. It's also challenging to find other "tricks" as satch_jr says if you're playing a tune known to have whammy bar on a fixed bridge.
Honestly the only thing I find myself missing on a fixed bridge are fine tuners. Even a fixed bridge can go slightly out of tune after a while of playing. It's harder to adjust a fixed bridge whilst playing.
You think using fine tuners on the fly is easier than using the tuning pegs?
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You think using fine tuners on the fly is easier than using the tuning pegs?
I do, to me it's easier to adjust fine tuners with my picking hand than leaving the neck to adjust the tuners.
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Re: How often do you use your whammy bar?

I still don't understand what you tried to say in your first post "because there's no reason to get one with a normal tremolo". You mention normal tremolo and floating tremolo. Every tremolo can be both, depends on how it is set up. Even a locking tremolo without any routing behind/under it (EVH style) can be floating.

You can lock any floating tremolo. You can't unlock a fixed bridge. If you never use the tremolo a locking tremolo is overkill. Go either fixed or non-locking tremolo.
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Re: How often do you use your whammy bar?

Normal tremolo = down only, not floating. eg. the kind I have but never use.

Like this:
http://www.ibanezrules.com/catalogs/us/1993/rt.jpg

The reason there's no reason for me to get one is because I already have guitars with that type of tremolo and I never use it. I don't even put the whammy bar in. So I should get either a fixed bridge (which would be functionally the same as a normal tremolo to me), or a floating tremolo, so I can actually take advantage of the stuff I can't do with mine now.

edit - in that ad Ibanez refers to it as a "standard tremolo." Sorry, that's what I meant by "normal tremolo."
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Re: How often do you use your whammy bar?

Is this a metaphorical question???



btw, standard trems can be set to float.
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btw, standard trems can be set to float.
What? How? And if so, why even bother with Floyd Rose, then?
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Re: How often do you use your whammy bar?

Because the Floyd Rose is locked, thus more stable under heavy use. Jeff Beck is a good example of a guy using a floating "normal" tremolo.
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Re: How often do you use your whammy bar?

If you haven't used the whammy bar in years you obviously don't care so why would you consider a Floyd?! Go fixed, more resonant and easier to change strings oh and also of you like fine tuners on a Floyd you can get higher ratio tuners like 18:1 or 25:1
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