Elliot Easton wrote:
ElTwang wrote:Wowza! How does the stop tail compare to the trem arm equipped Elliotts, Reber?
allow me:: the stop tail offers slightly more sustain and tuning stability. it is a guitar, right?
I'm in general agreement with that reply. But the "why" is always a good discussion.
First off, however, I'm no physicist. So bear with me while I explain my untrained theories! In my mind, the stoptails usually have a steeper string break than the trems. As such, the bridge has more string tension laid against it. Less energy gets lost south of the bridge and the "conserved" energy is reflected back into the strings and converted to acoustic sound depending on the nature of the body.
So, the Mosrite trems kinda abhor that model as they end up being a little taller than your average stoptail anyway and wouldn't benefit from sawing back-and-forth across a bridge under a lot of force from the strings (roller bridges notwithstanding).
Trem tuning issues are a perennial discussion! And understandably. Ed's non-roller bridge and trem combos appear to favor the flatwounds as they seem to glide across--not catch on--the bridge. I think the regular 10s on the sunburst three-banger are settling in but not quite as nicely as the flatwounds I had on it before.