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post #1 of 16 (permalink) Old 10-15-2012, 04:19 AM Thread Starter
 
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Question Why get a guitar w/ tremolo if you dont use it?

It is late and I can't think properly right now, and the answer may be really obvious, but bear with me. I am a fan of the lead guitarist who plays for the band Wintersun, and I realized all of his guitars have a tremolo bridge, even though some of the models of his guitars come with hardtail bridges. I Also have never seen him have the trem bar in the bridge, and he never uses it. It looks like he keeps it blocked off all of the time like so; https://fbcdn-sphotos-e-a.akamaihd.n...41795936_n.jpg

So my question is, what is the benefit of having a trem bridge if you never use it? Why doesn't he just get a hard tail? cheers
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post #2 of 16 (permalink) Old 10-15-2012, 04:54 AM
 
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Re: Why get a guitar w/ tremolo if you dont use it?

Different tone maybe ?
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post #3 of 16 (permalink) Old 10-15-2012, 05:16 AM Thread Starter
 
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Re: Why get a guitar w/ tremolo if you dont use it?

That is the conclusion I originally came to, but I still want to see what others think
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Re: Why get a guitar w/ tremolo if you dont use it?

It can be the locking system, even when blocked it still preserves tuning nice.

He might be used to resting his hand on the trem while playing, floyds are longer and picking closer to the bridge can be preferable if he isn't using a super thick pick.

Even maybe simply he likes the way how it looks
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Re: Why get a guitar w/ tremolo if you dont use it?

I find Floyd's really comfortable. I occassionally use the bar in my bands music, but almost always rock a Floyd. They just feel good to me under the hand.
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Re: Why get a guitar w/ tremolo if you dont use it?

There is a difference when you bang it hard, the floyd has a bit more give and you can hear the strings going out of tune slightly.

Its not an effect I like, I prefer a hardtail for this reason.

You can get a slight trem effect by pressing on the trem with the heel of your hand but not many people do that.

My guess is he just likes the locking nut and thinks floyd guitars stay in tune better.

Or maybe he thinks he will use it one day but just hasnt found the right song.
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Re: Why get a guitar w/ tremolo if you dont use it?

My guess, tuning stability and fine tuners. I have never seen him play, no idea who the guy is, but that to me are valid points.
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Re: Why get a guitar w/ tremolo if you dont use it?

See the JS2000 for example.
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Re: Why get a guitar w/ tremolo if you dont use it?

I wonder if he ever considered a fixed Edge, like the one on the MTM2.
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Re: Why get a guitar w/ tremolo if you dont use it?

Like other people have said before, its a comfort thing for me, although i do find my self going crazy with it everyone in a while
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Re: Why get a guitar w/ tremolo if you dont use it?

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It can be the locking system, even when blocked it still preserves tuning nice.
Agreed, a locking system stays in tune so much better - plus I really like fine tuners - they are so much nicer then machine heads for fine tuning.

I've locked down the bridges on a couple of my Ibanez guitars with OE floating bridges so they were completely stable and I was very happy with the results. I had a Tremol-no installed in my RG550 and it is a really cool unit cuz it's so easy to go back between locked down and full floating.
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Re: Why get a guitar w/ tremolo if you dont use it?

I love the JS2000 and I think the M2Ms got the idea from the JS2000. I have JSs with Trems, without and the 2000 and they all offer some benefits and some drawbacks. Different sound different preferences. Tuning stablity is a big reason for me.
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Re: Why get a guitar w/ tremolo if you dont use it?

You would get one If you :

1) want less sustain

2) Want to hear other strings go out of tune when you bend another

3) Want to "un-learn" the bad habits of leaning your palm on the bridge

4) Want to deal with the headache of breaking a string and having the rest go sharp.

There's probably a few more
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Re: Why get a guitar w/ tremolo if you dont use it?

I block mine. Then it becomes a fixed bridge with a locking nut and fine tuners. Tuning stability is through the roof.
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You would get one If you :

4) Want to deal with the headache of breaking a string and having the rest go sharp.
I haven't broken a string in years. And not only have I mostly owned trems, but I've actually NEVER owned a fixed bridge. Last time I broke a string, I had only been playing guitar for a few weeks.
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