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Todd Simpson
post Dec 20 2013, 01:42 AM
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How do I change my strings on a Floyd Rose? How do I set up my Floyd Rose style trem to free float? Or to not Float? Or to not move? Or to not drift? etc. etc. etc. These are all questions every floyd user has faced. I wanted to make a CALL TO ARMS to any LUTHIERS or experienced users that might pitch in to the knowledge base on this issue.

Here is our link to the WIKI with the FLOYD info. Please feel free to ask questions/add info in this thread smile.gif These questions come up all the time for new users so the more info we have for them the better smile.gif

https://www.guitarmasterclass.net/wiki/index.php/Floyd_Rose


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post Dec 20 2013, 02:25 AM
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1-Tone isn't much spoken but has a great deal when favor or choosing floyd type tremolo's. Most of my experience is from ibanez trem.s; I use a lo-pro and when locked noticed a huge tightening in the mid range...Then noticed when strumming the tremolo really vibrated a lot and figured it was the reason. I never changed the guitars trem. but tested this with other friends guitars and for example the edge pro 2 didn't vibrate as much at all.

To sum up; floating floyd type bridges can have a huge effect on clarity of the guitars sound. I guess this can be compensated by locking the tremolo or changing pickups. But on the other hand if you want more legato like sound in lets say fast runs or deeper tone this can become a bonus when the trem. on the guitar has to be changed.

2-This is how I locked my trem; I glued some coins together to the length that fits the outer "space" which the floyd moves (the spaced used when lowering the trem. arm). After placing it just slightly loosened the spring claw and that was it, no drilling or paying anything smile.gif I later used something else (can't remember but it was hard plastic of some sort) and noticed the mid.s got muddy compared to the coins...so the harder the material the less muddy the guitar will sound. People usually recommend wood block which is ok but try finding something metal, probably it will sound better.

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post Dec 20 2013, 06:42 AM
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Thanks for the info mertay smile.gif This is important to bring up. Some folks notice big differences in tone when using a locked/trapped/blocked trem vs a "floating" trem setup.

Personally, I've never been a fan of blocking a trem. The guitar would still have a big hole in it (the trem cavity) and would never have the resonance of say, a les paul solid body IMHO (your mileage may vary). Not to mention that you'd lose the ability to use the trem.

I recently bought a fixed bridge guitar. The limited edition LTD Bela Lugosi and it's got AMAZING sustain partially because it's got no trem cavity and partially from the active pickup system. I can tell it sustains better than my trem guitars which is great unless I"m playing a solo that needs a trem. Each type of guitar has it's uses.

So in short, as always play guitars before you buy them and if you want a fixed bridge, I'd suggest not buying a guitar with a big hole in it (trem cavity) and a floating trem on it. smile.gif

But onward!! Anyone have any recent issues with their FLOYD ROSE style trem to share?

Todd



QUOTE (Mertay @ Dec 19 2013, 08:25 PM) *
1-Tone isn't much spoken but has a great deal when favor or choosing floyd type tremolo's. Most of my experience is from ibanez trem.s; I use a lo-pro and when locked noticed a huge tightening in the mid range...Then noticed when strumming the tremolo really vibrated a lot and figured it was the reason. I never changed the guitars trem. but tested this with other friends guitars and for example the edge pro 2 didn't vibrate as much at all.

To sum up; floating floyd type bridges can have a huge effect on clarity of the guitars sound. I guess this can be compensated by locking the tremolo or changing pickups. But on the other hand if you want more legato like sound in lets say fast runs or deeper tone this can become a bonus when the trem. on the guitar has to be changed.

2-This is how I locked my trem; I glued some coins together to the length that fits the outer "space" which the floyd moves (the spaced used when lowering the trem. arm). After placing it just slightly loosened the spring claw and that was it, no drilling or paying anything smile.gif I later used something else (can't remember but it was hard plastic of some sort) and noticed the mid.s got muddy compared to the coins...so the harder the material the less muddy the guitar will sound. People usually recommend wood block which is ok but try finding something metal, probably it will sound better.



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