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FDP Forum / The Chop Shop / Tuning with tremolo


I love guitars

and things that fly
Sep 7th, 2016 08:18 PM   Edit   Profile  

So I posted this here because I'm specifically asking about tuning the guitar (std) with a tremolo.

I've addressed all the usual culprits (nut sots / lube etc) - that would go in the gtr mods forum.

My question- normally you warm up the guitar by playing a bit, stretch the strings then tune up to pitch.

You guys that use the trem a lot do you do anything differently, i.e. shake the bar first?

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South Florida

Sep 7th, 2016 08:52 PM   Edit   Profile  

On my Strats i have the tremolo very close to locked flush. That keeps it close enough for my work. If I have a lot of play then all the bends will throw things off and you find yourself tuning after every song.

I have never come up with a magic solution to the problem that the tuning is going to drift.

I tend to stay a half step down and if I gig with it I will capo at the first fret so I'm lined up. If I retune to standard it seems like it takes to long to settle in.

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Eat. Sleep. Guitar.

Sep 7th, 2016 09:01 PM   Edit   Profile  

On a non-locking vibrato bridge, I tune, dump the bar, tune, dump the bar, etc., until it is stable.

This also includes setup stuff done ahead of time--including lube in the nut, saddles, and string trees.

Galeazzo explains it well.


I love guitars

and things that fly
Sep 8th, 2016 07:22 AM   Edit   Profile  

Peegoo, that is exactly what I needed, thanks!

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Eat. Sleep. Guitar.

Sep 8th, 2016 10:21 AM   Edit   Profile  

Cheers, Pat!

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