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Floating or Dive-only Tremolo?


dimibetan

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Floating. I do have an Axis which is set for dive only (actually you can't change it which sucks), but the d-tuna only works in dive only configurations so it's a trade off.

 

I have a love/hate relationship with it; I never realized just how much I use a tremolo in my playing until I was stuck with just diving. It doesn't get used much on that guitar.

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When I wasn't blocking the trem, it was floating...a pain in the ass after you change strings until the stretching settles in. You know what I mean, tuning up a string and it pulls the trem a little so the other strings all go flat a little, so then you have to tune them up...or maybe you didn't stretch THAT string enough blah blah blah.

 

But when set up, it's nice to have that little Dave Gilmour "shimmer" to the trem which can only be done with it floating.

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Talked to my tech at set-up of my franken-caster about this very topic

 

On strats; he feels that floating really makes intonation difficult - he set mine against the body to dive only. I use my left hand to raise pitch. Added benefit, I think sustain is improved also

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Floating. I can never get surf warbles to sound quite right if it's dive-only.

 

 

I'm along the same lines. I only use trems for "warbles" so I need them set up for floating. Even a vintage style strat trem can be set up to give you up to 4 half-steps on the G string.

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