Does Clapton block his tremolo?
Very few Stratocasters were built with hard tails, but some guitarists prefer them. Eric Clapton, for instance. If your Strat has a tremolo tailpiece, and you want a hard tail, you can do what Eric did and block the tremolo (which is actually a vibrato, but after decades, the name stuck).
What brand of guitar does Eric Clapton use almost exclusively?
In terms of acoustic guitars, Eric himself uses Martins and has his own signature model – Martin 000-28EC. If you want something cheaper but similar, check out Sigma guitars.
What pickups does Eric Clapton use in his Stratocaster?
Fender Eric Clapton Stratocaster
|Eric Clapton Stratocaster|
|Fretboard||Maple, Rosewood (1992 only)|
|Bridge||Blocked Synchronized Tremolo|
|Pickup(s)||(2001–present): 3 Vintage Noiseless single-coils (1988–2000): 3 Gold Lace Sensors|
What is a blocked tremolo?
A: Blocking a tremolo means to set it up so that it can only go down in pitch, not up. It’s a must if you change among alternate tunings; since the tremolo doesn’t float, the strings are easier to re-tune. If a string breaks, the guitar tends to stay in tune.
Can you lock a tremolo?
If you decided to drop tune your guitar, the trem can still move forward and cause an issue. To compensate for that, you can just remove the middle spring and slide in a second, smaller wood block between the spring block and the front of the cavity to lock it down in this direction as well.
Should I block Strat tremolo?
While the design is great and they can be set up to play in tune, often that maintenance falls by the wayside and the tuning becomes unreliable. And if you never use the tremolo, blocking it off can get you some great results. You’ll get much better tuning stability and, when it’s done properly, greater sustain too!