I'm searching for the best tone solution for my strat. It was set up nicely with the floating trem when I got it. Based on my initial research I blocked the trem with a piece of pine (i now know hardwood is recommended) and put some tape around the springs and reduced the spring tension. Doing so introduced some annoying string buzz, but the guitar still had proper intonation. Listening to some recordings, the tone sounded blah. I did some more research and tightened the string tension to max. This resulted in a brighter tone, which i thought was a little better. The bridge was completely decked to the body of the guitar. I still had the string buzz issue. Most recently I tried the $2.70 technique - using 2 dimes and 5 (could only fit 4) half dollars to block both sides of the trem block which raises the back of the bridge about 1/8th inch from the guitar body. This has imparted a real metallic sound I don't care for, however, this exercise demonstrated to me that different trem blocking techniques really can affect the tone significantly.
I guess my next move from here is to try installing a better quality wood block. Any thoughts on the best way to do this - best wood options? blocking one or both sides of the trem block? should I completely deck the bridge to the body of the guitar or keep 1/8th inch gap? Is spring tension important?
Or should I forego this nonsense and just see about installing a hardtail bridge. I love the playability of the strat, but the whole tremolo thing is a pain in the ass.
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