#1
Hey UG, I was looking into purchasing a new guitar soon. The majority of guitars I've looked at have trem systems on them. I've seldom played any guitars with trems as I own a hardtail and was a bit intimidated by them at GC. I am debating over I should get a guitar with a tremolo system of not. I know will be be fun at first, but does this wear off for you? Do you find yourself not using it anymore?

tldr Did you get bored of/do you still use your guitar's tremolo anymore?
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#2
I traded my Jackson away because of it's FR. I didn't need it and I wanted to be able to change tunings.
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#3
I still use mine,but not for crazy divebombs and things like that like I did was I was younger.I now use mine for subtle things like flutters and slight pitch changes, so an FR style probably isn't the best trem for me anymore.Think long term,if you have an issue with the trem you can always just block it off and be done with it until you want to use it again.

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#5
I wish my strat had a hardtail bridge. I was used to playing guitars with Les Paul stlye bridges so much that when i bought my strat, i unscrewedthe tremelo bar and never used it. If i rarely need the tremelo effect on stage i just pull the bridge up from the back. It looks cooler anyway.
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I still use mine,but not for crazy divebombs and things like that like I did was I was younger.I now use mine for subtle things like flutters and slight pitch changes, so an FR style probably isn't the best trem for me anymore.Think long term,if you have an issue with the trem you can always just block it off and be done with it until you want to use it again.


Agreed.

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Blocking it is a good idea, means you can have a stable bridge and change the tunings. Then if you are wanting to whammy with a whammy you can just clamp the locking nut down, fiddle with the fine tuners and unblock it.

A tremol-no will be good. BUT bare in mind that it may be a pain in the arse to restring if you aren't used to them.

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#7
Vibrato arms come off (dunno about floyd rose setups but im talking bout my strat), I never use mine cause it goes out of tune way to easy. One day I plan on swapping out my tuning machines and putting in a LSR roller nut so I can do some subtle stuff without going out of tune.
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#8
I always wanted one and did have f.r. equipped guitars. But I never really used it. I liked the kahler but didnt use it much either. So yeah I did get tired of it but man, even today I still play something cool and wish I had one on my guitar!
#9
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If you don't want the hassle of a floating trem may i suggest a guitar with a wilkinson?



Always with the good suggestions eh Pac?

This is a great alternative to double locking trems.A wilkinson is very responsive in my experience and if you set it up properly and pair it with a good nut and some locking tuner it stays in tune very well.I have one on my Warmoth soloist and it works perfectly for what I need a trem to do.

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#10
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Always with the good suggestions eh Pac?

This is a great alternative to double locking trems.A wilkinson is very responsive in my experience and if you set it up properly and pair it with a good nut and some locking tuner it stays in tune very well.I have one on my Warmoth soloist and it works perfectly for what I need a trem to do.

Yeah i tried one on a used P-38 or something like that.. some lower-end parker. It felt amazingly smooth and had a lot of range. Stayed in tune, too.
#11
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#14
When i first got my Ibanez i used the trem like crazy for about the first week, then i basically didnt use it for a few years, but now i use it. Its always good to have because there are many songs that require one especially if u play lots of metal solo's, but generally even if you dont use a trem, a FR is a good setup to have due to the low level of tuning maintenance required.
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#15
I keep it with the owners manual, QC tag and the backplate. That is to say, I probably won't even look at it unless I sell the guitar.
#16
If you want to drop tune and still use your FR you can block the one side (so it won't pull up) and then tighten the springs a bit. If you break a string live it will stay in tune.
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#17
when i first got my RG1570, my intentions were to do crazy whammy effects like vai, kerry king, satch, dime, ect.

but i found myself not using it at all. on rare occasions i do a vibrato or slight pitch dive but i dont' use it much.

i do love the tuning stability though and the fact that i can unwind the string abit and reuse it if i break it.
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#18
It's good for some more versatility, but I'm more impressed with fast picking licks to build tension than a horse noise.
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#19
I use my ZR occasionally - maybe when I want to divebomb, or bend down [like a reverse bend ], it gets used. Luckily for me, the tuning is really stable so it doesn't matter too much.
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#20
I enjoy vintage style trems. They are versatile and don't really impere anything. But I get tired of FR's after about 10 minutes of messing around. They can, very seldom though, be useful songwriting tools.
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#21
you can always take it off if it annoys you or you dont want it on right then. but on the down side when you raise the action on some the little screw things can scrape your wrist a little bit and maybe cut you but if you keep them in shape they might not be too bad on your wrist. also the action is a b***h to get right if youre not into your stuff like that. but itsgreat for special sounds like with a floyd rose you can even make it sound like a motor bike. hope it helps
#22
I have one guitar where I actually use the trem system.

I find myself to prefer like a wilkinson bridge to a floyd style.

but yeah, whatever I want/need to use i do
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#24
im not gonna trade my jackson, but I wont ever buy another guitar with a tremolo. its a pain in the ass to change strings and to change tunings
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#26
I don't find myself playing all that much stuff where I need a whammy, as I don't really solo that much. Although I'd like to learn to. I'm leaning towards getting a guitar with a trem. Hardtails limit my options once you get into my price range unfortunately.
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#27
I have an edge trem and I don't use it that often,. Maybe to pull up here and there, but the bridge is mostly to keep the guitar in tune 99% of the time.
#28
Would it be worth getting a trem for the added locking tuning?
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#29
tuning stability is a great plus.. the sacrifice is the ability to change tunings though.

It's really boring to do the same over the top stuff over and over again. i mean, you can use it to do fluttering and crazy vibratos if you dont wanna use it for crazy fun stuff.
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#30
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Would it be worth getting a trem for the added locking tuning?


you're better off with locking tuners
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