Dating mim strats
When the Fender company was bought from CBS by a group of investors and employees headed by Bill Schultz in 1985, manufacturing resumed its former high quality and Fender was able to regain market share and brand reputation.
In this floating position, players could move the bridge-mounted tremolo arm up or down to modulate the pitch of the notes being played.
During the CBS era, particularly the 1970s, the perceived quality of Fender instruments fell.
During this time, vintage instruments from the pre-CBS era became popular.
Some Strats have a fixed bridge in place of the tremolo assembly; these are colloquially called "hard-tails".
There is considerable debate about the effects on tone and sustain of the material used in the tremolo system's 'inertia bar' and many aftermarket versions are available.