#1
So i've seen that a lot of strat owners remove the back plate (where you put the strings in) and sometimes even remove a spring or so from the inside. What actually happens when people do it? Is it just for the guitar to look "cool" or does it change the sound in any way?

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#2
It makes it easier to make any adjustments. That's about the only benefit.

The changing the amount of springs affects how stiff the tremolo is. I've had to put an extra one in mine...and now I think about it...it doesn't have the back on it because I'm too lazy to put it back haha. There's your answer haha.
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#3
To the poster above me, I think it does make a hearable difference, I've heard many comments on this... I'm not a strat player though, so don't ask me.
#4
I've heard it reduces the sustain in some way, but other than that, none at all.
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To the poster above me, I think it does make a hearable difference, I've heard many comments on this... I'm not a strat player though, so don't ask me.


Really? It might be a case of people saying things that they heard from someone else...hearsay like.
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Really? It might be a case of people saying things that they heard from someone else...hearsay like.


Always a valid option on UG.

As I said, I'm not a Strat player, you are, so you're probably more right than me.

#7
I remove just to make it easier to restring.
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#8
You take the backplate off to get at the trem springs. Removing springs will make the tremolo move easier, and adding more will make it stiffer/hold tune a bit better with a tad more sustain. Players like to leave the backplates off to make the springs easier to get to, or some just for style or player preference (the John Mayer sig strat actually comes with the backplate in the case instead of mounted on the guitar).


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#9
Well it would reduce the sustain because you are reducing the mass of the body, but the effects would be ridiculously minimal. It makes it easier to adjust the Twang stick, but the negative side is the springs and shit get dirty more easily. Maybe the groud wire will break off (if its grounded there)
#10
the back plate isn't there because it is always in your way when you change strings. very anoying :P
#11
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Always a valid option on UG.

As I said, I'm not a Strat player, you are, so you're probably more right than me.



Haha, hey, it wouldn't be any good as a forum if people didn't say things which they've heard off a mate, alot of good info comes about like that.
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#12
removing a spring doesnt reduce sustain because the body mass is less... springs help sustain by keeping everything locked in place.... more springs=more sustain because there is less freedom of movement for the tremolo, along the lines of locking it
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#13
it supposedly gives the guitar more of a natural reverb or strat bouce sound
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#14
In someways, it helps reduce spring noise by allowing sound waves to travel out of the cavity instead of bouncing around inside. The result is slightly noticable when playing unplugged (you'll notice a less hollow sound comming from the cavity). I've yet to hear a difference when plugged in on either clean or dirty.
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#15
have you already taken a spring out, because i'm sure my EJ strat came with 5?
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#16
I notice no difference either way. I took mine off to add springs since I went to a higher guage string.
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