But there is a component in the sound of the Strat when it's switched to the bridge position, because the springs are magnetic, and they're right beneath the bridge pickup. The springs often resonate and can be heard in the sound of that pickup when the guitar is played in a particularly enthusiastic manner.
Jimi Hendrix plucked the springs for sound effects as part of his playing style.
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Difference between the number of springs? -- not really. Every once in a while I'll have a client who is bothered by the sound that the springs make and I'll deaden the springs by putting foam rubber between them.
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Post by funkykikuchiyo on Apr 4, 2020 12:24:41 GMT -5
If you prefer your bridge floating, and if you play hard, you MIGHT hear a difference. Different trems will get a warble when played hard, and the number of springs can make a difference. This varies greatly by bridge type. It is usually a non-issue with 6-point trems, and among the 2-point trems it is more of an occasional thing than anything, genuine Floyd Rose being one of the biggest culprits. Sometimes the warble is obvious enough that it sounds like a vibrato effect, other times it is just a sort of indistinct decay to the note.
Truth be told, I think the quality of the springs will matter more than the number, so if you're trying to nip the warble in the bud, I'd put fresh springs in there to taste, and not worry as much about the number. If you're a trem fanatic, you may notice tuning improvements, too. It isn't always a noticeable upgrade, but when the springs are particularly worn, it is a nice cheap maintenance thing.