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Old 03-16-2013, 12:54 AM   #1
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a question about tremolo floating with a fender trem

Is it possible to recess a fender trem cavity with a regular strat style bridge to float level with the body and still pull up?

Recently I've moved to a floating setup where with my regular fender style trem I've got it up enough with a tilted claw so that when i pull up on the G string I get 3 half steps, B string I get 2 half steps, and on my e I get 1 half step.

---I was wondering, could I rout the body under the trem to float it like a Floyd Rose? That is, where the baseplate sits level with the body but I can still pull up. I don't see anything keeping me from doing so, but I'm not exactly sure how the pivot screws work. Are there any problems with doing this?

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Old 03-16-2013, 04:30 AM   #2
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well if its already floating i dont see the problem with routing it
but if you plan on doing much wammying i suggest you invest in a guiar with a floating trem
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Old 03-16-2013, 06:22 AM   #3
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You can if your bridge is a 2-stud type. You can't really do it with 6-screw bridges. You also need to flatten the neck pocket as it will be currently slightly angled for the non-recessed bridge.
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Old 03-16-2013, 12:53 PM   #4
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You can if your bridge is a 2-stud type. You can't really do it with 6-screw bridges. You also need to flatten the neck pocket as it will be currently slightly angled for the non-recessed bridge.

I have a similar setup to him on my Strat (floating but not recessed) and I have a 6-point tremolo. It works great! I guess I'm not sure it would after the routing, though.

Also, why do you want to recess it? Do you feel like that's not enough range pulling up?
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Old 03-17-2013, 06:44 PM   #5
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I have a similar setup to him on my Strat (floating but not recessed) and I have a 6-point tremolo. It works great! I guess I'm not sure it would after the routing, though.

Also, why do you want to recess it? Do you feel like that's not enough range pulling up?


The range is fine, it's just really annoying how high the action is, it was much easier to play when the bridge was flat
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Old 03-17-2013, 07:10 PM   #6
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The range is fine, it's just really annoying how high the action is, it was much easier to play when the bridge was flat

Adjust your saddles before taking a Dremel to your guitar.
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Old 03-17-2013, 07:12 PM   #7
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You could shim up the neck so you can have the trem floating above the guitar but still have decent action.
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Old 03-17-2013, 09:14 PM   #8
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You could shim up the neck so you can have the trem floating above the guitar but still have decent action.

Routing and shimming are not necessary to setup a Strat to operate as designed...seriously TS, adjust the saddles and maybe the nut slots to achieve the desired action/string height.
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Routing and shimming are not always necessary to setup a Strat to operate as designed...seriously TS, adjust the saddles and maybe the nut slots to achieve the desired action/string height.


Fixed that for you. Sometimes a strat will not play right with the bridge floating if you don't shim the neck.
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The range is fine, it's just really annoying how high the action is, it was much easier to play when the bridge was flat

Ok, resetting the reply...if the action was fine with the bridge decked but too high when you restored the bridge to a floating position you simply need to bring the saddles down to compensate for the height you added by raising the bridge. Drastic measures like routing out the body or shimming the neck are not necessary to restore the normal setup on any Strat unless you acquired a lemon in the first place.
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