A: On MOST Stratocaster models sold under £200
Here is an example of a Cort G200 PRE set up. The G200 is a phenominal stratocaster guitar for £149 but of course like all production guitars at this price, limits have to be placed on the time spent setting the guitar up in the factory.
Balancing/floating the trem system is the last thing any brand name wants to spend time and money on when the retail value of the guitar is £149. It just cannot be done economically.
You will see from the photo that the trem lies flat to the body of the guitar. This does not allow for ANY backward or pulling up of the trem arm resulting in no upward tone bends.
What you cannot see is that the trem is also loaded with heavy springs making downward movement nigh on impossible too - due to the excessive pressure working in the opposite direction.
So what this picture is demonstrating is a tremolo system that may as well not exist at all.
Bought a Stratocaster style guitar recently? Check your trem now and see if it actually works!
OK, so thats the "normal production" trem system at work!
Now here is one of ours!
EVERY customer who purchases a strat style instrument from Richards Guitars will benefit massively from the time we take to set the trem up correctly. By removing a spring from the back of the guitar, and adjusting the spring tensions we can provide a guitar that operates with the gentlest of finger tip pressure both up and down for the smoothest tremolo tones around!
Also, the angle of the trem arm itself is lower and much more comfortable to hold in the playing position.
At Richards Guitars there is no two tier service. If you buy a guitar for £150 or one for £1500 the setup is performed to the same high standards.
If you want a perfect playing stratocaster style guitar I cannot recommend highly enough the combination of our in house setup with the G200 by Cort.