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Ron Lucas
post Nov 30 2007, 01:52 AM
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I want to use my Ibanez electric, which has a floating tremolo bridge, for most of my performances. I play stuff from "Sultans of Swing", with lots of bends, to hard rock where I like to use my tremolo for fun and crazy dives!

However, when I play "Sultans of Swing", there are those licks where you play the 3rd string, bend it up, and then play the 2nd string a fret higher. Very common lick.

But because of the floating tremolo, the "bend up" of the 3rd string causes the floating bridge to dive a bit, and the pitch of the 2nd string goes a little flat.

If you understand what I'm referring to, do you have any suggestions on how I can get around this? I do have another guitar with a fixed bridge, so I use that when I need to play the "Sultans of Swing" style solos, but that guitar just doesn't have the sound I want.

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post Nov 30 2007, 06:25 AM
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QUOTE (Ron Lucas @ Nov 29 2007, 06:52 PM) *
I want to use my Ibanez electric, which has a floating tremolo bridge, for most of my performances. I play stuff from "Sultans of Swing", with lots of bends, to hard rock where I like to use my tremolo for fun and crazy dives!

However, when I play "Sultans of Swing", there are those licks where you play the 3rd string, bend it up, and then play the 2nd string a fret higher. Very common lick.

But because of the floating tremolo, the "bend up" of the 3rd string causes the floating bridge to dive a bit, and the pitch of the 2nd string goes a little flat.

If you understand what I'm referring to, do you have any suggestions on how I can get around this? I do have another guitar with a fixed bridge, so I use that when I need to play the "Sultans of Swing" style solos, but that guitar just doesn't have the sound I want.

Thanks!
Ron

Try to match the correct pitch on the second string with a slight bend. It's probably not the cleanest idea but if you practice the technique it might work and sound a little better.
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post Nov 30 2007, 06:39 AM
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Go to Ibanezrules.com and check out the product called a trem-no or tremel-no or something like that....It may be what you are looking for.
Hope this helps.
They have a link to a vid showing how it works.

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Ron Lucas
post Dec 1 2007, 03:49 AM
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Thanks both of you. I found both of your answers on IbanezRules.com. Really useful sight.

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post Dec 1 2007, 11:24 AM
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Yeah a common problem with floyd rose type bridges. I've used floyds all my life and I wouldn't use anything else because it lets you do silly whammy stuff, but I still hate the bastards! Cause far too many problems. mad.gif


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