#1
Hi I'm new but I was wondering what is the difference between having 3 tremolo coils in an America Strat vs. the 5 tremolo coils in the John Mayer Strat. I know it has something to do with balancing out the sound, but I want to make sure that I'm getting the right guitar.


p.s. How much thicker is the John Mayer strat compared to the American?
#2
It has nothing to do with balancing out the sound. It has to do with bridge tension. The John Mayer probably has 5 springs just to hold the bridge to the body. On an American Strat, the bridge is supposed to "float" slightly. That's all. And the John Mayer Strat has a fatter, rounder sound than the American.
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#4
Quote by Danno13
But size-wise, they're the same.


as in the neck or the coils?
#5
They aren't coils. They're springs. They don't do anything other than counteract the tension of the strings pulling on the bridge. And I think the neck on the JM is slightly thicker. American series Fenders (base models) all have the same "modern C" shape.
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#7
Quote by Dirk Gently
They aren't coils. They're springs. They don't do anything other than counteract the tension of the strings pulling on the bridge. And I think the neck on the JM is slightly thicker. American series Fenders (base models) all have the same "modern C" shape.


which would you recommend to buy? I really like JM's sound but I'm not sure if I should just buy an American and find the sound I want to stick with.
Last edited by sm88 at Aug 11, 2006,
#8
if you like the JM, go with it. It's better than buying a guitar you *sort of* like then trying to find your sound.
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