Tremolo and Ashtray cover questions

Shuffles

Strat-Talk Member
May 7, 2022
57
Oh-Ree-Gone
Setting aside the whammy bar for a bit, does it matter how i have my spring tension set?

Also, i love the look of anyway covers, was there ever a point besides cosmetics? I read somewhere for sheilding (on a tele). Think maybe in those days they just thought an exposed bridge was improper for a lady 🤷
 

Miotch

Most Honored Senior Member
Jun 28, 2011
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If you have your tremolo decked, all that matters on spring tension is that it is enough to overcome the tension of the strings. If you have your tremolo floating, spring tension needs to equal the string tension, so you have to adjust accordingly (using the claw screws and number of springs).

I've never owned one with an ashtray cover and I can't imagine it would change a darn thing on shielding. It's just an additional piece of metal you are sticking on top of another piece of metal.
 

92 Fiesta Red 62

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Apr 27, 2022
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TEXAS
I play with the ashtray in place (and have for 29 years), and it’s never hindered palm muting.

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I also play with the ashtray in place on my Telecaster (big cover) and Telecaster Deluxe (similar to a Strat, because it’s a hardtail Strat bridge).

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I like the way they look, and they keep my right hand from being shredded by the edges of the bridgesaddles/saddle adjustment screws (I have a skin condition that makes my hands crack and peel. It’s delightful [note sarcasm font]).
 

Shuffles

Strat-Talk Member
May 7, 2022
57
Oh-Ree-Gone
I find them rather classy as well, but was thinking about the palm muting. That's not really a deal with me i guess as i bar mostly and like picking up near the neck for the sound. That does it, I'm gettin' one, lol
 


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