View Full Version : Electric Bridges - What's Your Ratio??

02-05-2013, 05:13 PM
I was just shooting the breeze with Hans about his “Baltimore Raven” and debating if I NEEDED a PRS with Floyd. I have been on the verge of doing it for a few years and never pulled the trigger… but it is now getting to the top of the list!!

Anyway, we got talking about bridges and I thought I kept a pretty good balance of Trem Vs Hard Tail… but turns out I was wrong… I am over tremmed!! And my ratio of Floyds is higher than I thought. I had never really kept track of this till now..... So I thought it would be good for everyone to have a think about their ratio…. Acoustics don’t count!!!

Here is mine... What's yours???

All Electric Bridges:

Hard tail/fixed bridge = 31%
Standard Trem = 41%
Floyd types = 25%
Other = 3%

Just PRS… last weeks order made me 50/50, I have never really tracked it before...
Hard = 50%
Trem = 50%

P.S. I know that the %ages are not a ratio ;-)……. just easier that way :)

02-05-2013, 05:17 PM
What is "other" my friend?

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02-05-2013, 05:20 PM
I'm terrible at Math. I needed special attention from a teacher like this!


02-05-2013, 05:27 PM
73% fixed
18% standard trem
9% "synchro" sans bar--i.e. "the floating fixed!" (I hate that damn thing!)

02-05-2013, 05:27 PM
For PRS guitars it's 100% standard trem, and I plan on keeping it that way. I wonder if I can get John to make me a trem for my flamenco guitar?

02-05-2013, 05:32 PM
What is "other" my friend?

Steinbergers and other oddities.... still in the "somekind of trem' box

02-05-2013, 05:41 PM
About 1/3 of my Guitars have Trem.

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02-05-2013, 05:44 PM
Steinbergers and other oddities.... still in the "somekind of trem' box

Drool! I want a Newburgh-era M-series Steinberger so bad.

02-05-2013, 06:22 PM
For PRS guitars
75% trem
25% hardtail

In order to play the heavier strings like 11ga, I need a trem, something with a little 'give'. Bends are much easier and the tuning stability, with the heavier strings, get's close to what a fixed bridge does for me.
I am staying with the trem for the next couple of builds. But I do like that two piece bridge, so in the long run I would expect to maintain the 3:1 ratio of trem to hardtail...

02-05-2013, 06:50 PM
Currently I'm running with these percentages:
37.5% Floyds
62.5% Fixed

PRS Only
100% Adjustable Stop Tail

If I could justify selling my Floyds, I'd replace them with more fixed bridges, but the guitars are too nice so I have to hope my kids pick up the guitar so I can gift them and then replace them :P.

02-05-2013, 07:00 PM
If I could justify selling my Floyds, I'd replace them with more fixed bridges, but the guitars are too nice


02-05-2013, 07:11 PM
I've got four equipped with a trem but two of those are decked. Two guitars stoptail.

PRS wise it's 50 / 50 (working) trem and stoptail.

02-05-2013, 07:14 PM

I'll try to upload some this evening. They are all Jackson soloists, not quite as attractive as most PRS, but the craftsman ship is really good and the setups are outstanding. :)

02-05-2013, 07:55 PM
Anyone tried the Bladerunner tremolo?

02-05-2013, 07:56 PM
I usually stay about 50/50 but at the moment I'm 20% Floyd, 20% Trem, 60% hardtail. For PRSi, I've had plenty of both and some good ones of each type so I can't really say I have a preference. Switching between the 2 has never bothered me.

02-05-2013, 07:58 PM
Anyone tried the Bladerunner tremolo?

I had one that had been fitted to a McNaught Strat. Cool concept but I never got used to the feel of it. The tension was much stiffer than a knife edge type of trem.

02-06-2013, 09:16 AM
100% fixed.

02-06-2013, 10:04 AM
I'm 4:3 fixed to trem, but two of the trems are blocked, so my effective fixed to trem ratio = 6:1

I really don't use the trem anymore, but I have a Strat with a Hipshot on it in case I get the urge. A part of me wants an SE Torero though...

02-06-2013, 10:29 AM
I am heavily biased to fixed - probably 75-80%.
One floyd on my tele.

02-06-2013, 10:38 AM
I am at 100% fixed.

02-06-2013, 12:49 PM
Not counting my bass

Floyd = 20%
Standard trem = 60%
Hard tail = 20%

02-06-2013, 01:08 PM
100% fixed.

02-06-2013, 01:09 PM
PRSs: 2 PRS trems (one being the older one piece bridge, the other having graphtech piezo)
Ibanez 6 strings: 2 Original EDGE Floyd Trems
Ibanez 7 strings: 2 Lo-Pro EDGE Floyd Trems
Fender: 1 Kahler 2500 traditional Locking Trem
Trying to remember, I don't think I ever had a stoptail (bass not included)....

02-06-2013, 07:15 PM
Standard trem - 50%
Hardtail - 50%

02-06-2013, 07:58 PM
100% FIXED !!!!!!!!!!!!

02-06-2013, 08:20 PM
2:1 fixed.

Not planned. Just the way it went.

02-06-2013, 09:27 PM
Only one little Strat with a trem... All the rest are FIXED since I got rid of my EVH.

I could see adding something with a Trem back at some point :D

02-06-2013, 09:40 PM
Is being 100% fixed the same as being neutered?

02-06-2013, 10:12 PM
40% Fixed
20% Standard Trem
40% Floyd

02-06-2013, 10:28 PM
All but one of my electrics have a tremolo system of some sort. Usually the PRS trems.

02-09-2013, 08:31 PM
Leaving basses out...

Overall - 40% stoptail, 60% trem (never a Floyd in the bunch).
Non-PRS - 50/50 split.
PRS - 2-1 ratio in favor of trem.

Of the stoptails, it's an even split between PRS and non. Of the trems, it's the same 2-1 in favor of PRS.

02-09-2013, 10:23 PM
fixed-57% std trem-29% floyd-14% back in the day I would insist on a floyd. I got fed up restringing them so I went with fixed bridge. My cu22 fixed bridge had phase 2 locking tuners and they are awesome. Got me thinking a trem with locking tuners would be good, thats where my cu24 trem came in. Once again, I cant put it down.

02-10-2013, 09:26 AM
All guitars:
Hard: 6 = 40%
Standard Trem: 7 = 47%
Floyd types: 2 = 13%

Just PRS:
Hard: 4 = 36%
Trem: 7 = 64%