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FDP Forum / Miscellaneous and Non-Fender Topics / Stoptail bridge vs floating bridge pros & cons

Ryder
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Oct 21st, 2018 09:24 AM   Edit   Profile  

Please and thank you.

If given the choice which do you prefer and why.

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It's just a guitar, not rocket science.
Oct 21st, 2018 09:36 AM   Edit   Profile  

I float my bridges, angled Jeff Beck style with a 1/8" (3mm) gap behind the bridge. With 9 - 42 gauge at standard tuning that gives me (approximately) a minor third up-pull on the G string, a whole step on the B string and 1/2 step on the high E.

It takes lube in the nut slots and the top of the saddles to keep tuning stability acceptable and even then locking tuners and two-point bridge are preferable if you want excellent tuning stability.

But I hate the feel of down-only trems. Been floating for so long now I won't do it any other way.


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Oct 21st, 2018 09:41 AM   Edit   Profile  

Float here, 3 Strats, set up like Dr. Kev above(except 10-46, recently converted from 11-48). Only down side is pitch on double stops, which I've come to counter by little simultaneous pinky tugs on the whammy. I realized I was doing this without even thinking about it.

(This message was last edited by littleuch at 11:43 AM, Oct 21st, 2018)

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Oct 21st, 2018 11:44 AM   Edit   Profile  

I'm not much of a wigglestick user unless the tune requires it (covers, etc.). Most of my bridges are stop tails or decked floaters. My one "stunt guitar" is a mid-80s Charvel with a Floyd.

I have a few Gretsches, etc., with Bigsbys on them, and I do use those for their wonderful tonal shimmer that only they can do properly. I also have a few custom builds that have Wilkinson VS100 bridges set to float.

The big con for me with floating bridges is if you bust a string, all other strings go sharp. I have 11s on most of my guitars, and I sometimes break the high E when I get abducted by my music demons.

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Oct 21st, 2018 12:04 PM   Edit   Profile  

A properly set up floating bridge works fine.




Ryder
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Oct 21st, 2018 12:51 PM   Edit   Profile  

This will probably determine whether I get a guild Starfire II or iii.
I don’t actually use the bigsby that much either.

60CycleHum

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Oct 21st, 2018 12:56 PM   Edit   Profile  

floating with .009's can get warbly on some guitars if you're heavy-handed on chord strumming. I have a few floating including some floyd roses. For the most part, it's using decked and down only for me though.

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Oct 21st, 2018 01:32 PM   Edit   Profile  

I installed a tremaetter on my Strat, possibly the best thing I ever did on a guitar.

60CycleHum

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Oct 22nd, 2018 05:34 PM   Edit   Profile  

I like the option Guthrie Govan has on his Charvel guitars. Similar to a tremsetter, but it basically locks to a fixed bridge when engaged. Haven't tried one myself

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Oct 22nd, 2018 06:12 PM   Edit   Profile  

I have a Steinberger that has a locking vibrato.

There's a little lever under the tuner knobs that flips up to hold the bridge rock solid, and it works great.

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Oct 22nd, 2018 06:37 PM   Edit   Profile  

I had a Hohner/Steinberger copy back in the ‘80s. Yes, that worked great!

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It's just a guitar, not rocket science.
Oct 23rd, 2018 04:08 AM   Edit   Profile  

Back in the 90s I recall Wilkinson made a bridge that would lock when you push the whammy bar back toward the jack. Great design.

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