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I’ve gave up even trying to use a tremolo years ago. All it did on Strat type guitars was to send the guitar out of tune. On my current Strat (the Holy Panther as seen in my avatar) I have the trem bridge screwed down and all 5 springs installed in the back. Trems are just a pain in the arse.

It bewilders me that the Stratocaster is the world’s most popular and most copied guitar, yet 99.9% of the time it comes with this thing on it that sends the guitar out of tune. You get loads of people learning to play on an instrument that is capable to going out of tune all the time. I have no idea why trems come as standard on such guitars. Well… I do… it’s a gimmick, but let’s face it, it’s a load of arse.

I had a Floyd Rose locking trem on my first Fernandes guitar (a Revolver Pro). That stayed in tune because of the fact that the strings were clamped, but that in itself was a nuisance because you had to cut off the ball ends and do all sorts of weird and wonderful things to change the strings. It was, quite frankly, too much effort, so I traded in that guitar for another Fernandes – a Native Pro – which had a Strat-style trem which I unscrewed and promptly lost.

Another problem with the Floyd Rose was that it was too much of a distraction and you end up playing the trem rather than the guitar.

The only trem I ever liked was a Bigsby that my friend had on his Gretsch. That sounded cool and seemed to return the guitar to pitch also. I’d like to try one on a Tele someday.