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Just curious of why they do this?
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#2
It's ugly. White plate on a black guitar... ugh
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#3
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Just curious of why they do this?



It's a combination of looks and also to make the springs and the tremolo more accessible.
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#4
Why does eddie van halen seem to reach into his sometimes during solos?
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#5
Eddie did some crazy things to his guitars so no telling sometimes. I know he sawed his bridge in half so the wammy only affected half the strings. And they only make 2 colors of plates for the back of strats that I have seen. I know mine is white on black. Can always make one if you wanted or use the spray paint that sticks to plastic to make it the color you want.
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eric johnson claims it affects the tone.
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I know he sawed his bridge in half so the wammy only affected half the strings.


wow

never knew of him doing that

crazy fecker
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#9
Joe Sandercore, the guy with all those youtube lessons talked about doing it. He just leaves it off because he doesn't believe that it really protected much anyway and that it is just easier to not have them on there.
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eric johnson claims it affects the tone.

it does. i claim that too.
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it does. i claim that too.


Have anything to back that up? Left me curious as to why EJ said it.
#12
well, i don't really know why, but with the back plate on, the sound is muffled. it's not the point where it's muddy, but when the back plate is off, it sounds more open, airy, it gets the chime through. if u know what i mean.
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eric johnson claims it affects the tone.


im highly suprised eric johnson doesnt question the moons gravity affecting his tone or blaming the poor african children - that man is quite megalomonic in his statements
#14
I guess that makes sense. I was thinking it'd be more technical than that, being that Eric Johnson said it.
#15
he only says stuff that effects the sound. like chipping off paint to let the wood "breathe" and stuff. and the kind of picks, his hate of pick attacks, etc.
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#17
you could make a chuck norris style thread on Eric

i.e

1)Eric only inhabits studios that are north of the equator
2)Eric only allows guitars made from wood coming from trees that are exactly 57.25 ft high

etc

sadly though, half the comments people would make, would actually be true
#18
if u put it in GG&A forum, yes. but in the pit, no.
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you could make a chuck norris style thread on Eric

i.e

1)Eric only inhabits studios that are north of the equator
2)Eric only allows guitars made from wood coming from trees that are exactly 57.25 ft high

etc

sadly though, half the comments people would make, would actually be true


eric johnson only uses guitar strings made from the intestines of small mexican babies
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#22
I personally like it better...you get a better acoustic tone
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#23
i think it looks better with it off, but i carved #1 into mine
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And they only make 2 colors of plates for the back of strats that I have seen.


For the record, the backplate on mine is tortoiseshell. I leave it on.
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#26
^ +1
Only reason why i took it off really... Taking it off just waste 2 minutes of my life
#27
I took it off because I have nothing to hide.

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#28
As stated, accessibility of the tremolo system from the rear and relative ease to change strings.
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#29
I leave mine off, EJ claims it effects his tone (then again, what doesnt) I havnt really heard much difference, its hardly noticeable, but it is.

And also I like the look of it off better.
#30
Do you know what? I think most people just take it off to the adjust the trem, and decide they can't be arsed screwing it back on again!


As proof...suspiciously, none of my strats have backplates on them any more but my S series still does. Possibly that's because its backplate has a little hole and a thumbwheel through it to adjust the trem with - so I never have to remove it!

EJ claims it effects his tone (then again, what doesnt)

Lol sometimes, I reckon Eric Johnson just makes stuff up to see how many people will actually try it...
I don't like his tone that much anyway - his studio albums are horribly cheesy. Joe Bonamassa gets similar (but much better) tones and he doesn't seem nearly as fussy as EJ!

That said, I must admit there is a slight difference in tone, though I have precisely no idea how the feck it works! The mind boggles.
#33
I do it for several reasons:

1.) It does affect tone slightly, I find

2.) I use/manipulate the springs to create certain effects and

3.) Adjusting a Floyd Rose with the back on is a chore, and they usually need adjusting
#34
Van Halen reaches back in there to hit the springs and get cools sounds. Put on some reverb and distortion and try it.
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#35
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Van Halen reaches back in there to hit the springs and get cools sounds. Put on some reverb and distortion and try it.



Yep, that's what I do... delay, reverb, distortion (or not, depends), and even some wah. Definitly a good reason to leave the back plate off, IMO.
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I do it for several reasons:

1.) It does affect tone slightly, I find


It probably does affect tone very slightly, but I highly doubt most would have the ear to honestly notice a difference in sound with the back plate on/off. The majority of guitarists (especially gigging musicians) leave the backplate off for easy access to the trem and springs, not because there's a slight change in tone.

I bet Eric Johnson himself couldn't prove it. If I played the same guitar a couple times, a few times with the backplate and a few times without it, I'm sure nobody would really be able to tell when the backplate is on and/or off. Then again, it's Eric Johnson. He'll claim he couldn't hear properly due to me breathing as I play.
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