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  • Let's Talk Trems

    Which do you like? How do you use them? How do you get your guitar to maintain its tuning stability? And other info you'd like to add would be terrific.

    I created three videos to start the conversation. These were done quickly--nothing fancy--using my iPad with iMovie.






  • #2
    having never played a bigsby, I can tell you that my favorite is a floyd. Very stable. The Strat trem can be stable if it's setup properly but on those I just deck it.

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    • #3
      Gotoh Floyd; however the music dictates; chapstick.

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      • #4
        Bigsbys. Fun to use, easy to set up, and mine stay in tune really well.

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        • #5
          Gotoh Floyd; however the music dictates; chapstick.


          As far as I can tell, the Floyd on the LP Lifeson is a Gotoh. It has the Graph Tech Ghost system built in, but the shape of the bits forward of the saddles and other minute details (that nobody else would notice but me) indicate that Graph Tech uses a Gotoh Floyd for their Ghost acoustic and synth axcess systems.

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          • #6
            next time yer in GC et al, pick up an Ibanez S type guit equipped with the ZR bridge...smoothest feeling trem, uses ball bearings instead of knife points ...If it were doable as an aftermarket thing, I'd equip nearly everything I have with one but the cutout for it is just too elaborate, though somebody skilled at woodworking could probably pull it off...


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            • #7
              As far as I can tell, the Floyd on the LP Lifeson is a Gotoh. It has the Graph Tech Ghost system built in, but the shape of the bits forward of the saddles and other minute details (that nobody else would notice but me) indicate that Graph Tech uses a Gotoh Floyd for their Ghost acoustic and synth axcess systems.
              From the pics I was just looking at on the web, the Graphtech bridge looks similar to the Gotoh Floyd I've got on my partscaster - I think the trem arm socket makes it a dead giveaway. The baseplate is noticeably different though, so who knows for sure. Google didn't reveal any info on who manufactures them to me.

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              • #8
                I've got fender and floyd. I love the floyd. So easy to use and set up. Once you've got it where you like it you don't have to do a thing.

                My fender trem is essentially not used. I just don't seem in the mood to use trem effects on the stuff I seem to play on my strat. Maybe that will change at some point. But right now it's firm up against the body.

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                • #9
                  BIg fan of the Hipshot US Contour. Great tone, super smooth, and with a properly cut Graphtech nut I don't really have ay tuning stability issues. ANd it's a great looking bridge.
                  As for how I use it. I just grab the stick and wiggle it about.

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                  • #10
                    I like them to float and am not picky about what type. Some say it's an indication of your health.
                    One MIA Fender Strat, one Gibson Les Paul, one Martin Acoustic, what more do you need?

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                    • #11
                      I really dislike floyd rose bridges. I used to play them a lot, and I have now decided I can't stand them. I like strat trems, and Jag trems.
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                      • #12
                        BIg fan of the Hipshot US Contour. Great tone, super smooth, and with a properly cut Graphtech nut I don't really have ay tuning stability issues. ANd it's a great looking bridge.
                        As for how I use it. I just grab the stick and wiggle it about.


                        I put Hipshot bridges on two of my Teles. Unbelievably tight tolerances an high quality materials, fit, finish etc.

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                        • #13
                          I really dislike floyd rose bridges. I used to play them a lot, and I have now decided I can't stand them. I like strat trems, and Jag trems.


                          I love my Graphtech Floyd. Fun to use, smooth action. You need the right pickups because they will change your tone a nd sustain.

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                          • #14
                            I love my Graphtech Floyd. Fun to use, smooth action. You need the right pickups because they will change your tone a nd sustain.


                            It was more to do with the overall system than anything else, I just don't like them. I tend to put custom pickups in my guitars (mainly bare knuckles), I never have any problems with tone.
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                            • #15
                              As far as I know, the Steinberger Trans-trem is the only transposing vibrato bridge, which also allow you to bend whole chords in tune. It is also the most stable bridge and the easiest to change strings. So in my opinion it is the best vibrato, however you have to be able to get past the 'unusual' looks of a Steinberger guitar.

                              A personal opinion: Bigsbys look good (right even) on certain guitars (mostly semis and jazzers), but are the least practical. For all the hassle, instability issues and string changing nightmares, it gives little in the way of vibrato-range/options. I'd rather have NO vibrato bridge than a Bigsby.
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