#1
Just a random question: Do you prefer to keep the back plate on your strat or do you prefer to take it off and just leave it as an open cavity?
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#2
Off.

I don't know anyone who keeps it on.
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#3
I never took mine off.
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#5
On. I don't want to accidentally touch the springs, because the last time I did, my high e string broke.
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#7
Quote by kutless999
On. I don't want to accidentally touch the springs, because the last time I did, my high e string broke.


Hahahahahaha thats never happened to me. But my dad has this strange paranoid feeling that one day I'm going to electrocute myself on the grounding wire.
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#8
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Hahahahahaha thats never happened to me. But my dad has this strange paranoid feeling that one day I'm going to electrocute myself on the grounding wire.

You can't get electrocuted if the guitar cable is not plugged into an amp that's turned on.
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#9
on/off. i can't tell any difference
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#10
on. dont want shit like my sweaty, nasty shirt getting in the springs and ****ing them up.
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#11
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You can't get electrocuted if the guitar cable is not plugged into an amp that's turned on.


...? I think thats the idea...
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#12
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on/off. i can't tell any difference


I heard somewhere that if you remove the plate it can reduce pick-up noise. But I've been told several times that it doesnt make a difference on strats.
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#13
on, I actually just changed mine from white to black, don't know why but I just don't like the springs showing.
#14
Off, the same with my Ibanez S420. I don't gig atm, but when I do I put them back on to keep the sweat and the beer away from the springs.
#15
I like keeping it off (dont have a strategy but its "strat style" and i find my shirt mutes extra spring noise :p
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#18
depends, i have a few guitars with strat trems. whether i keep the plate on or off depends on whether the string slots in the sustain block line up with the holes on the plate correctly. i just find it's a bit of a pain to have to unscrew the plate every time i change strings because the plate gets in the way..
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#19
For me the way i see it...if you're desperate enough for that minimal increase in tone...then your strat isn;t really good enough..(and that doesn;t depend on money).. My friend whom i jam with regulary has an american strat with back off... I have a modified sx strat (back on) that actualy sounds much better then his (and only cost me 50 euro and 100 euro in mods..)..

So in summary, back on or off, difference is minimal and won't make a crap guitar into a great one..

For the sake of tidiness i keep the plates on..
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#20
._. after I kept having to adjust the tremelo I just left it off for sake of convenience.
#21
Quote by Hunter2081

So in summary, back on or off, difference is minimal and won't make a crap guitar into a great one..

It's debatable if there is a difference at all. Adding a extra half ounce of material probably doesn't change the tone at all. I think most people remove it for convenience.
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#22
Off, just preference nothing to do with tone, and I own a American Standard Strat

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#23
Vintage mint colored ones sound best.
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#24
Quote by Vulcan
Vintage mint colored ones sound best.

Obviously the Mint Green pickguards sound the best (though some people like black ones cause they scope the tone a bit), but with the tremolo plate it's debatable if it even matters.
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#25
Quote by kangaxxter
Obviously the Mint Green pickguards sound the best (though some people like black ones cause they scope the tone a bit), but with the tremolo plate it's debatable if it even matters.


I was always a fan of the tortoise pick guard for the midrange boost. It really helps the strat cut through the mix
#26
I've seen older strats with the backplate removed, and the springs were completely rusted. So... no.
#27
I had some strats over the years and the only one i didnt took the back plate off was on my CUstom Shop Strat.
#28
Quote by Darth_jacob22
Hahahahahaha thats never happened to me. But my dad has this strange paranoid feeling that one day I'm going to electrocute myself on the grounding wire.


The ground wire is connected to the trem claw.
The trem claw is connected to the springs.
The springs are connected to the bridge.
The bridge is connected to the strings.
If it was possible to get electrocuted by touching the ground wire, having the backplate on wouldn't help you. (I couldn't get this line to fit into the format of Dem Bones )

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#30
After I got my custom painted strat body back, I bought a trem cover - I just couldn't bring myself to drill any more holes into such beautiful, immaculate paint... besides I like seeing my springs and brass trem block, and its not like I need to protect it (not in a band/gigging).