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Old Today, 09:59 AM   #1
bchampion96
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Need a guitar with a floating tremolo, but no locking nut

Hi guys,

I'm on my hunt for one guitar to do everything, and one of my requirements is a fully floating tremolo (with routing behind to get decent raising of pitch) but without a locking nut. Before you think I'm being a moron, I'm going to be using a tremol-no, so the guitar will be in hardtail mode most of the time.

Guitars I have found like this so far are music man JP models with that floating bridge and Guthrie Govan's signature suhr guitar.

If you have any suggestions, I'd be very greatful!
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Old Today, 10:33 AM   #2
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I was coming here to recommend the JP. I have no experience with the Govan though. I'm sure the Govan is great, but I personally have GAS for a JP.
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Why not buy one with a locking nut and remove the locking screws?
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Old Today, 10:58 AM   #4
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Why not buy one with a locking nut and remove the locking screws?


I did think about this, but I came to the conclusion that they wouldn't work because they aren't designed to be used like that. Of course I may be wrong, but I'd prefer not to be on a big investment such as this.
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Old Today, 11:09 AM   #5
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You have a point there, but if you find a guitar that suits your need, yet having a locking nut, you can also find a luthier to install a different nut instead.
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Old Today, 11:12 AM   #6
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JP60 is a solid budget guitar. I bought one just today actually
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I got the JP 50, it is a pretty nice budget guitar
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Old Today, 12:29 PM   #8
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Look into getting a standard strat trem system. Yes, it looks like a vintage trem system that doesn't do much, but they can actually be set up to float and to do those 'cricket' noises that a lot of people seem to believe only a floyd rose is capable of.

You can either buy the system separate or just pick up a Standard MiM Fender Strat (not squier). They're like $430 for a 'blemished' one or $500 retail. Not bad at all.

Anyway, another option is to just take off the locking screws. I mean, yes, that's not how 'it was intended to be used', but I've seen people do it. I really don't think aside from some possible tuning issues dependent upon the quality of the guitar and how it's set up, there would be a problem.

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Old Today, 12:35 PM   #9
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I believe Jeff Beck strats are set to float from the factory.
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