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DetroitBlues

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Tremolo Covers- On or Off?
« on: December 21, 2010, 08:54:11 AM »
I've read about tremolo covers making a difference in tone.  Anyone ever try it? Any sound demo's?

zagatron1

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Re: Tremolo Covers- On or Off?
« Reply #1 on: December 21, 2010, 06:14:29 PM »
They might, but I would think the difference would only be noticeble in certain playing conditions. I guess.

pictoratus

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Re: Tremolo Covers- On or Off?
« Reply #2 on: December 21, 2010, 08:00:02 PM »
I leave mine off and I can tell a difference. Not much but some. The sound seems a bit fuller.

I can also tell the difference in sound if my tremolo is floating vs decked. I had it decked at first but tried it floating and liked the sound so now I keep it that way. Almost never use the tremolo, though.  ;D

creekster52

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Re: Tremolo Covers- On or Off?
« Reply #3 on: December 21, 2010, 10:22:21 PM »
This has always puzzled me and seem to go against logic. One would think that having the trem cover on would create more of a chambered body effect, and that having the trem blocked would result in greater transfer of string vibration...both resulting in a fuller tone.  :-\

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Re: Tremolo Covers- On or Off?
« Reply #4 on: December 22, 2010, 08:06:26 AM »
I keep the trem flat on the body, I had it float, but I noticed it would rise up just a little after using the tremolo causing the action to become too high.  There is a special device that can be put on a tremolo that makes sure the tremolo only travels so far back and fourth.  I believe its a trem setter?

zagatron1

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Re: Tremolo Covers- On or Off?
« Reply #5 on: December 22, 2010, 12:51:23 PM »
Actually, I did have a hard tail that had a cover on it. Every Strat from that point didn't even have one, so I never gave it a second thought. On my main Strat I have the trem floating so I can pull up on it a half step if I want, or push down a whole step.  It comes back in tune every time. I've seen those trem things, but don't have a clue how they work.

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Re: Tremolo Covers- On or Off?
« Reply #6 on: December 22, 2010, 06:38:27 PM »
I installed a Trem-setter on a Peavey Predator (U.S.A.). It was a slight improvement, but not perfect. Locking trem is the way to go if you use the trem a lot. Most detuning occurs at the nut, so adding a locking nut may be a better option than a Trem-setter.