#1
I was wondering why the Jaguar/Jazzmaster's tremolo system is the most popular in shoegaze, surf and other tremolo loving music? Kevin Shields, the Tremolo Master (tm) from My Bloody Valentine, swears by it.

I have a PRS SE Custom myself and I love the tremolo system: it's also a floating bridge mechanism and very expressive, but I think it does not have enough reach (2 semitones up, 3 down perhaps?). Does the Jazzmaster have more reach?

Also, why are Floyd Rose systems not adored in shoegaze, surf etc?
#2
Quote by MyraT
I was wondering why the Jaguar/Jazzmaster's tremolo system is the most popular in shoegaze, surf and other tremolo loving music? Kevin Shields, the Tremolo Master (tm) from My Bloody Valentine, swears by it.

I have a PRS SE Custom myself and I love the tremolo system: it's also a floating bridge mechanism and very expressive, but I think it does not have enough reach (2 semitones up, 3 down perhaps?). Does the Jazzmaster have more reach?

Also, why are Floyd Rose systems not adored in shoegaze, surf etc?

They don't do light vibrato very well, they're much better at divebombs, squeals, and flutters.
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#3
The Jazzmaster bridge is extrememly light and easy to manipulate, it works brilliantly if you're wanting to create shimmery, unstable soundscapes...arguably the Floyd system is too controlled.
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Quote by MyraT
Also, why are Floyd Rose systems not adored in shoegaze, surf etc?


well, the original 'shoegazing' fad (bands like My Bloody Valentine, Slowdive, Chapterhouse, maybe Curve too etc) was very much an indie thing... NME, students, floppy fringes etc... Floyd Rose systems were just not part of that world...

Floyd Rose's were associated with heavy metal musicians, pointy fluorescent guitars (BC Rich's, Charvels etc) and working class sweaty denim-clad types... so they might have been great for shoegazing music but the indie snobbery effectively ruled that out... it's a fashion thing
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well, the original 'shoegazing' fad (bands like My Bloody Valentine, Slowdive, Chapterhouse, maybe Curve too etc) was very much an indie thing... NME, students, floppy fringes etc... Floyd Rose systems were just not part of that world...

Floyd Rose's were associated with heavy metal musicians, pointy fluorescent guitars (BC Rich's, Charvels etc) and working class sweaty denim-clad types... so they might have been great for shoegazing music but the indie snobbery effectively ruled that out... it's a fashion thing

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#6
Maybe they just like the Jazzmaster's sound? It certainly produces an appropriate sound for surf music.

The Jazzmaster's tremolo was originally intended to be better than the Strat's tremolo, but history showed otherwise.