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    Tremonti tuning tips

    Any tips for tuning a tremonti? I have a sc 58, and just bought a tremonti. Not used to tuning with a floating tremolo. Any tips? ie lowest to highest....
    Thanks, Matt

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    Always give each string several good streches first. Start flat and tune up always ending while tightening not loosening. Use a lube like Big Bens Nut Sauce or even graphite from a pencil on the nut slots. The G slot is routinely a problem. Give the trem a push down and a pull up. Check tuning and repeat steps as needed.

    A trem IS a lot more work but cand offer nice rewards!

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    I have zero issues with PRS trems ( I have 4 ) they get better with use. as Brian said tune up to pitch mine have been 100% spot on after first string change seldom have to tune.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mattbfoster View Post
    Any tips for tuning a tremonti? I have a sc 58, and just bought a tremonti. Not used to tuning with a floating tremolo. Any tips? ie lowest to highest....
    Thanks, Matt
    I installed a Tremol-no and set it up to dive only.
    It helps tuning stability and eliminates worries of all your strings going out of tune should you break a string.
    Floating trems are cool if your Steve Vai but seriously ... how often do any of you pull up on the trem?

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    Quote Originally Posted by dbonanno View Post
    I installed a Tremol-no and set it up to dive only.
    It helps tuning stability and eliminates worries of all your strings going out of tune should you break a string.
    Floating trems are cool if your Steve Vai but seriously ... how often do any of you pull up on the trem?
    Only when I'm playing Vai or a Pantera song.....so pretty much daily.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dbonanno View Post
    I installed a Tremol-no and set it up to dive only.
    It helps tuning stability and eliminates worries of all your strings going out of tune should you break a string.
    Floating trems are cool if your Steve Vai but seriously ... how often do any of you pull up on the trem?
    a good trem warble is up and down ( See David Gilmore and CRGTR )
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    When I got mine, I tuned it up,stretched the strings and then pushed the tremolo bar down to the body then re tuned untill it was settled, I found this useful, but took a while to stretch thr strings out

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    Quote Originally Posted by Raven17 View Post
    Only when I'm playing Vai or a Pantera song.....so pretty much daily.
    Need a [like] button for that post...awesome!!
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    Thanks. Ordered a tremol-no. Will see how it goes installing it. Looks easy on YouTube.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mattbfoster View Post
    Thanks. Ordered a tremol-no. Will see how it goes installing it. Looks easy on YouTube.
    I will say that when I installed mine, I had to plug and redrill the holes for the trem claw.
    Not a big deal and well worth it to be able to use the tremol-no, IMO.

    Another option may be to just use an "L" bracket and allen screw, like shown below.


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    I understand the desire to put a stop on the trem block but I just cant do it. I use mine for a tremolo affect and feeling the thing stop would be like Tiger woods hearing someone pass gas during an important shot. And yes, I do pull mine up sometimes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gush View Post
    I understand the desire to put a stop on the trem block but I just cant do it. I use mine for a tremolo affect and feeling the thing stop would be like Tiger woods hearing someone pass gas during an important shot. And yes, I do pull mine up sometimes.
    All depends on your style of playing, I guess.
    I grew up playing guitars with Floyd Rose trems that were "decked", meaning the baseplate sat flush with the body thus preventing it from being pulled up. Playing a guitar with a floating trem just feels "spongy" and unstable to me.

    I would also have to think that decking a Floyd or blocking a vintage trem as discussed would offer a bit more resonance.
    It also serves to help keep the other strings in tune should you break a string.
    Break a string with a floating trem and you'll never make it through the end of the song.
    As a matter of fact, that WOULD be the end of the song. lol

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    You are right about string break for sure, break string finish song without guitar. All the floyds I had were full floaters but I could see where blocking a floating trem could help with energy transfer.

    I put a kahler on my G&L back in the day. Screw in trem arm so I was able to swing arm opposite direction, it would touch body and bring trem back to zero to finish song. I took kahler trem off, it was black chrome and dulled my tone

    Had I known I would keep it for 30 years I would have left it stock.

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