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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 10-31-2011, 05:15 AM Thread Starter
 
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is it wise to keep a vintage tremolo floating by loosening the tension of the spring , like the strat vintage tremolos or prs ones ??? or is it best to keep it in a normal position as in it will hit the surface of the guitar every time i use it ...?
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Vintage Strat trems are not floating trems.



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You can set it for a light float. Jeff Beck has been using his this way for years to good effect. I think Carl Verheyen uses this setup on his Strats too.
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Vintage Strat trems are not floating trems.
Actually, the classic Strat setup has the bridge sitting off the body -- I can't remember the exact amount at the moment, but it's along the lines of 1/8th of an inch. As the trem easily goes out of tune with use, I find it useful to leave the bar off the guitar and deck mine.
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Re: vintage tremolo help!!!!

Its standard to float a little. I don't think a lot of people know that or care.
I have one guy that plays with 8s on his strat and wants the trem to float a little. He plays surf music. Took a spring out and backed the other two out and floated nicely. You can't pull up a ton on a strat, but maybe a half step. Enough to get some cool vibrato going.
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Re: vintage tremolo help!!!!

i am having the G string tuning problem if i float the bridge!!!
so planned on keeping it flat on the surface !!!
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I thought Jeff played a 2-point trem
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They rock, not float. If it's screwed to the body by 6 screws--it doesn't float. Ha ha ha ha



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Actually, the classic Strat setup has the bridge sitting off the body -- I can't remember the exact amount at the moment, but it's along the lines of 1/8th of an inch. As the trem easily goes out of tune with use, I find it useful to leave the bar off the guitar and deck mine.
Fender's own spec is 1/8".
http://www.fender.com/support/articl...er-setup-guide

I set my Strats up like this, because I like to be able to add a little lap steel style vibrato to chords, which was actually the original intent of the tremolo. Personally, I think it helps the guitar return to tune better with MILD vibrato use than having the trem be flat against the body. Until I break a string LOL. Having said that, a LOT of people prefer their trems to be flat against the body, so it's not "wrong" to set them up that way.

Basically it comes down to how you're going to use it, and what your own personal preferences are.
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^ Agreed. I used to leave mine to "float" because I loved the percussive attack I got from it, and that lovely "Stratty" sound I got, even with a humbucker. Now I have it decked, and it's working for me. Easy enough to change back, I guess.
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is it wise to keep a vintage tremolo floating by loosening the tension of the spring , like the strat vintage tremolos or prs ones ??? or is it best to keep it in a normal position as in it will hit the surface of the guitar every time i use it ...?
I deck my vintage 6 screw as well as 2 post non-locking trems.

Yes they are thus dive-only, but that's how I like my trems.

With a 6 point, I loosen the inner 4 about .75mm and use the outer 2 screws as if they were the 2 posts- very common practice, and those I loosen .5mm.

Also I use 4 springs and adjust the claw so that the plate is flush against the body (decked) but also so that a dive can be performed without too much effort...
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