Whammy bar on a bass ???

Discussion in 'Bassists [BG]' started by jnewmark, Feb 1, 2023.

  1. jnewmark

    jnewmark Just wanna play the groove. Supporting Member

    Aug 31, 2006
    Stax 1966
    Third St. Cigar Records staff musician.
  2. Jefenator

    Jefenator Supporting Member

    Aug 22, 2008
    It's a thing; Steinberger used to have the TransTrem bridge.
    Fretless is close enough for me. ;):bassist:
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  3. MonetBass

    MonetBass ♪ Just listen ♫ Supporting Member

    Sep 15, 2006
    That's been done for decades. Heck, Dean used to put them on their basses at the factory. (Not my bass, but a pic of one.)
  4. Razman


    Feb 10, 2005
    Orange Park, FL
    I had the opportunity to buy an older Peavey with a tremolo in it once and passed - so wish I would have grabbed that bass.
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  5. Levent


    Oct 26, 2022
    Stanley uses It on multiple basses and pretty aggressively :bassist:. I could only try a Kahler once on a Warmoth bass, they used to sell It. Can be used subtle and fine too even while accompanying. It's just another tool and requires practice as much as slapping or any other technique If you want It to sound good though.
    Here is a Ritter treat okon-example-01.jpg
  6. bigdaddybass12


    Feb 26, 2021
    Nooo!!! I can see the Guitar Center heroes having a blast with one!!
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  7. H K

    H K

    Jun 18, 2021
    Gotta love those clickbait titles!:poop:
  8. RichSnyder

    RichSnyder Columbia, MD Supporting Member

    Jun 19, 2003
    I had a Steinberger XM-2 with the TransTrem for many years. Fortunately, when you dropped the bar it would pivot into a locked position giving you a fixed bridge. Levers and tension, laws of physics, make bass trems worthless, IMHO. It was cool when I put piccolo strings on the bass and played it like a guitar, but might as well play guitar if you want to play guitar.
  9. Zooberwerx

    Zooberwerx Gold Supporting Member

    Dec 21, 2002
    Virginia Beach, VA
    Last one I saw was a Guild Pilot w/ a stock Kahler at Bress Pawn Shop / Norfolk like 25 years ago. I remember it was yellow. Just did a search and I see an identical one in the TB classifieds from days-of-old.

  10. S.F.Sorrow


    Dec 6, 2014
    It certainly looks more a lot more useful than the rubbish jazzmaster-style "tremolo" on the Bass VI.
  11. arbiterusa


    Sep 24, 2015
    I grabbed a lot of licks/tricks/fun stuff for my fretless playing from Eddie Van Halen. I’ve tried using an actual trem and don’t enjoy it nearly so much.
  12. 2112

    2112 Supporting Member

    Apr 30, 2005
    I had one of these briefly around 20 years ago... didn't care for the tremolo at all LOL. Hence, the "briefly".

  13. You can hear one in action here. Yoshihiro Naruse playing a Tune 8 string with a tremolo. He puts it to work!

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  14. Modulus 96

    Modulus 96 Supporting Member

    Jun 10, 2018
    I had a Schaller tremolo on my Hondo fame bass master in the late 80's.

    You had to understand that if you pushed the bar down and let go that the tremolo's resting position was relative to what you just did. Tuning at that point would mean that you could only ever push the bar down and be in tune afterwards. If you tuned as I just described, then pulled up on the bar and let go.... You are now sharp / out of tune. You would need to be sure to push the bar back down after pulling it up. Same applies in the reverse if you pull the bar up and let go and then tune against the resulting resting position of the tremolo.... You would always need to make sure that the last thing you did was pull up the bar, not push it down.
  15. Tony In Philly

    Tony In Philly Supporting Member

    Oct 25, 2007
    Filthydelphia, USA
    The Fender Bass VI has always had one.

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  16. MANY moons ago, (I was about 17, now 49) I was playing guitar and our first gig was supposed to be a party that got shut down before we even got there, so we talked a bar down the street into letting us play. Didn't have a bass player so we had found a guy to fill in, no practice. He nailed it. Showed up with a bass with a trem! Played the 2 handed tap version of Linus and Lucy while we were in between songs!

    Also turned out to be one of the nurses when I was in the hospital for a week with a collapsed lung the next year.
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  17. Michedelic

    Michedelic MId-Century Modern

  18. jerry

    jerry Too old for a hiptrip Gold Supporting Member

    Dec 13, 1999
    Glenn Cornick 50 years ago:
  19. jerry

    jerry Too old for a hiptrip Gold Supporting Member

    Dec 13, 1999
    The late great Randy Coven:
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