#1
Okay...i've been playing guitar for about 6 years now....and i've always used a hard tailed guitar. Before now i never saw the point in using a floyd rose or any other type of whammy bar...but i went to guitar center and played a pretty good looking ibanez and omg...the action was perfect and sounded pretty good too (granite i was playing on a mesa dual recto) but still...Now...i have a schecter c-1 exotic which is still my favorite guitar...but my real question is how do you use a whammy bar tastefully...i mean...i've seen people just screw around with them, but are there any practice methods or techniques that would help me learn how to use one. I have been thinking about buying a guitar with a whammy bar, but i'm afraid i will just mess around and not really learn how to use it.
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#2
There are many techniques for the whammy bar.

Unfortunetly I only know the divebomb hah.

They really are abit of fun most of the time; Not nessasary things.

Best use i've seen of a whammy is Mr Dimebag.
#4
SRV and Hendrix for rock/blues, some real tasty use, EVH is full of a lot of wankery, but he has some very tasteful use too, Shawn Lane is an expert, Dimebag had some tasteful use between the wankery, and Jeff Loomis from Nevermore is another expert.

A lot of EVH stuff off the first few albums is not super difficult, with some exceptions. That will really work out your technique and get you rolling. Dime is another with some very cool use that isn't completely over the top hard. SRV and Hendrix obviously, great soulful use with a ton of feeling. Lane is incredible, but I would put him in the advanced category. Same with Loomis. I mean there are a ton of other guys too, this is just a sample.
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#5
is there any special way to hold the bar in your hand while your playing?
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#7
Satch and Vai are both masters of the floyd. More Vai I'd say. Check out songs like Bad Horsie
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Alexi and Roope out of Bodom seem quite fond of theirs'
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Satch and Vai are both masters of the floyd. More Vai I'd say. Check out songs like Bad Horsie

doh! dunno how I could have left them out.

I don't think there's any special way to hold it, whatever is comfortable, however certain guys will pick with the bar resting between their fingers like Lane. I tend to bend on it too much if I'm trying to pick with it in my hand, so I usually just grab it when I want it.
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#10
is there any drawbacks to having a whammy bar???
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#11
I like the string feel, the actions nice and even from top to bottom where as a les paul style guitar the action changes as you work up the neck.
#12
yeah...i do have to admit...the guitar didnt seem like it had any drawbacks when i was playing it...strings where awesome..sounded good....but is there any problems re-stringing the guitar....in inotation problems that occur with locking tremelos?
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#13
Other then the dive bomb a popular trick is to compress the tremolo, hit a note, and release for a neat sound. There's a lot of neat thing you can do with a temolo and wahs too. Experiment.
#14
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How do I find out what kinda trem I got? I have an Ibanez RG270, if that helps.

You'll most likely have a floating trem, especially if the end of the guitar looks like this;



Floating trems; Great for dive-bombs and keeping the guitar in tune for months on end
; Bad for changing string gauges and changing key
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You'll most likely have a floating trem, especially if the end of the guitar looks like this;



Floating trems; Great for dive-bombs and keeping the guitar in tune for months on end
; Bad for changing string gauges and changing key


Oh yeah, I know it's floating trem, I just didn't know what kind.
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It would most likely be an EDGEIII.
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I have a question about the FR trem. Is the bridge suppose to be level with guitar, or should it be leaning towards one side. Im talking about when its at rest of course.
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#18
Some like it a little in or out too thats ok if you want some extra range in one direction or another. But for general rule you want it straight with the body dead flush.
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OK, cool thanks.
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#20
Only thing that sucks about them is changing strings, other than that...
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#21
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is there any drawbacks to having a whammy bar???


umm, one if you don't have good tunning pegs it screws around with your guitar tunning, specially if your using a floyd rose.

two, strings have a better chance of breaking, agian specially if its a floyd rose

two, it will sound like crap if you don't use it right, but it sounds awesome if you do.