Poll: Fixed or Locking Trem?
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View poll results: Fixed or Locking Trem?
Fixed Bridge
40 53%
Locking Trem
13 17%
I like both
22 29%
Voters: 75.
#1
This is just a little survey just to see whoever prefers fixed bridge or locking trem, nothing else.
#2
It depends on what you play. If you're going to be diving out all the time like steve vai, then of course. If you find that the music you play has very little, then its probably not worth the effort. Still, I like having it to play everything, and the tuning-process isn't as bad as its put out to be. The string-changing though, might be lol.
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#3
I prefer a fixed bridge - preferably stop tail. I voted as such.

Just my preference. Trems are a pain, IMO.
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#4
Locking for sure, great tuning stability and a tremolo bar when you need one. The only draw back I can think of is the sustain issue. Changing strings doesn't take very long at all.
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#5
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Locking for sure, great tuning stability and a tremolo bar when you need one. The only draw back I can think of is the sustain issue. Changing strings doesn't take very long at all.

Definitely not as big of a deal as most people lead you to believe once you get the hang of it.
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#6
I prefer Hardtails over Locking Trems. However, Locking Trems are a big hassle to me. I change my tuning occasionally and would never be able to achieve a Ricky H Wilson tuning with a Floyd Rose unless it was set up for it. I think the best Trem for me would be a Trem King.
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#7
I prefer non-locking tremolos like Wilkinsons and PRS's model.

But, of the two options I prefer fixed bridge.

I hate my Floyd, I can't change tunings (without a huge pain). I have zero sustain, I barely use it, and it's uncomfortable to rest my hand on.
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#8
Quote by Doodleface
I prefer non-locking tremolos like Wilkinsons and PRS's model.

But, of the two options I prefer fixed bridge.

I hate my Floyd, I can't change tunings (without a huge pain). I have zero sustain, I barely use it, and it's uncomfortable to rest my hand on.


That's another thing, Doesn't it take some getting used to if you want to palm mute with a Floyd? I'm sure it can be done but it must take a very light touch.

Oh and it comes to mind that perhaps most people who rave about Floyd Rose Trems have never had to set one up. But let's not go off topic.
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#9
I don't care for locking trems and I found that I've regained a lot of sustain when I blocked my floyd.

I do think fixed bridge is much less hassle and nicer, but as people have said. It's not that hard to change the strings on a floyd. Just a tad time consuming especially if you don't block it.
#10
i like both of them.
i like the added sustain and bending stability of a fixed bridge (especially with a string through body), but i also love the clamped tuning a floyd rose offers, and the sounds you can make with them.
#11
Trem King. Fixed-bridge trem
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#12
I prefer fixed bridges, mainly Hardtail its just the look of em personally and i dont really do any dives etc as im quite new to guitar.. Oh and ive never played a Floating / locking trem (like the FR) so i cant really comment on em.. next time im in manchester i might have to go try one for the see what they are like..
#13
Quote by Gargoyle2500
Doesn't it take some getting used to if you want to palm mute with a Floyd?

I guess it depends on what you're used to.. I can't palm mute on a Tune-o-matic to save my life but can play entire runs muted on a FR.
#14
Quote by van01010100
I guess it depends on what you're used to.. I can't palm mute on a Tune-o-matic to save my life but can play entire runs muted on a FR.


But you have to be careful, because you have to mute it just right or it will go sharp
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That's another thing, Doesn't it take some getting used to if you want to palm mute with a Floyd? I'm sure it can be done but it must take a very light touch.

Not really, not for me anyway. You don't really need a light touch, where you actually mute is more important. I found that if my hand touches in line with the studs of the trem, it doesn't go sharp, at least not noticeably.
#16
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But you have to be careful, because you have to mute it just right or it will go sharp


If you knock a FR out of tune with your palm muting then you are pressing way too hard.
#17
I Prefer a fixed trem, Usually a Tune-O-Matic.
I play in a variety of different tunings and it's easier to change tunings quickly.
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#19
I prefer fixed bridge. I like the thought of having a tremelo but i don't need it. And I like having more sustain from a fixed bridge and find it easier to palm mute.
#20
I like fixed, especially tune-o-matics
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#21
I prefer vintage trems, but only if they're actually using high-quality, non-tone-eating components(No pot metal trem blocks! Fiberglass, which is if I recall, 80% of pot metal, does not resonate well!). Otherwise though, I don't use one enough to warrant the loss of sustain, and I love a warm sound, so I'll take a hardtail instead of a floyd.
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#22
I got used to palm muting and pretty much all guitar techniques that I used on a fixed bridge, with my OFR in like 2 days.
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#23
I love Floyds, but I like hardtails as well. Also really like non locking systems like the PRS and Parker trems. As for Floyds being a PITA to set up.... That can be true if you don't know what your doing. As for not being able to plam mute with a Floyd that is just retarded IMO they are much more comfortable for palm mutes than a TOM and if your going sharp with your palm mutes you seriously have some problems with your technique. As for sustain a quality guitar with a quality Floyd will have plenty of sustain.
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#24
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If you knock a FR out of tune with your palm muting then you are pressing way too hard.


Bingo always love it when people complain about this flaw in the floating bridge design. As for bridge preferences I don't care too much about either one specifically but some guitars I prefer with a hardtail while others with a locking bridge.
#25
I like both, thats why its a good thing I have both. I started with a Floyd, and while it never goes out of tune, you cant change tunings. So it is good to have one with and one without.
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#26
I have both, but I really, really dislike fixed bridges. Every time I'm playing my V-50, my hand automatically goes to where the trem arm should be, and then I have to suffer a momentary wave of depression to realize that it's not there.

The sustain is nice, but that's the only advantage I can think of that hardtails have, besides changing tuning, which I don't really do anyway.

The great thing about a trem is that you don't have to use it if you don't want to.

But it's there if you do. Hardtail guitars are... I don't know. Just way too simple for my tastes.

Also, I'm sorry, but I hate it when lazy/stupid people complain about how FR's are a "pain in the ass". I respect if you like your ability to change tunings and sustain on a hardtail, I realize that not everybody uses vibrato like I do, but I hate that... "it's such a hassle" complaint. It's really not. I can change my strings in 10 mintutes tops. It's really not that hard, guys.
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#27
I only have a guitar with a fixed bridge, but I really want one with an OFR.

I'm primarily a lead player, so a tremolo bar can allow to me write more interesting leads.

Also, I rarely change tunings, so a locking trem/nut would be no problem for me at all. In fact, it would benefit me more than it would put me at a disadvantage.
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