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Old 12-26-2001, 03:41 PM
Robert Bennett
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Question What does a tremolo arm actually do?

What does a tremolo arm actually do? I got a guitar for Xmas.
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Old 12-26-2001, 04:14 PM
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The tremolo arm is used for lowering the pitch of a note or a chord by slackening off the strings when you push down on the bar. Jimmy Hendrix used this a lot when playing live, so check out the Woodstock performance to see how he used it.

Oh, one more thing, each time you use the tremolo arm it will put the guitar slightly out of tune.
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Old 12-28-2001, 10:46 PM
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Well the tremolo arm is the device which lets you tilt the tremolo system to raise or lower the pitch, to raise the pitch, you will need a floating tremolo like a floyd rose. If you have a standard strat type guitar, then you probably wont have a floating tremolo.

How you use it is exactly how the fury said, push it down (or pull it back if you have a floating tremolo) to change the pitch
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Old 12-30-2001, 02:54 PM
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It makes the strings go slack if you push it down hard enough. If you push it down as far as it will go right after you hit a not, it is called dive boombing, but it also makes your trem go way out of tune. Its best to have a FLOY ROSE LOCKING TREMOLO for this kind of stuff. Well, just what little I know.
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