Sunday, December 20, 2009

Request For Comments: Floyd Rose

It is established that I, as Tele-Blogster, can be considered Mr. Hardtail. My son has a superstrat and has poked at his strings and Floyd Rose, popping a string. I have poked at this before, doing an initial poke and setup. I'm about to do it again, this time doing a full string swap, and I'm wondering about the process. This seems like a fairly full explanation of the process, but if there's anything else about the care and feeding of a Floyd Rose or Floyd Rose Licenced tremolo unit that I should know, any tips, tricks, hacks or mods to make it all work, please let me know.


patrick said...

On my wife's FR-licensed bridge, you don't castrate the strings. The saddles are on little hinges, so they individually flip up and the string slides in from the tail end, and the ball catches in the saddle. It doesn't have tail-end clamps like the one shown.
Also, it's a fairly common thing for guitarists who don't know or care what the nut locks are for to just take them out and dispose of them. "Philistines!", I say, but it's something to watch out for when other guitarists start poking at it. Not everyone knows what a Floyd Rose does.

patrick said...

Oh, and furthermore, the same said Philistines will also proceed to start happily cranking away on the tuning machines when they perceive a string out of tune, without bothering to loosen the nut locks first. This results in, first hilarity as they try, then dismay as the string breaks.

Dave Jacoby said...

1) It's called "double-locking" for a reason. Fender trems are prone to unseating when the thing is depressed and seat perhaps differently when brought back, causing tuning problems. I can see locking the ball end, but then, you can't let some string off the tuner if you break a string at the bridge and get back to go.

2) Philistines! The locking nut is what makes the Floyd worthwhile. If you're not going to lock the nut, get a friggin' Bigsby!

3) The Floyd Rose, being about floating, is all about balance. So it seems you choose the point at which you want it to balance, block it there, tune it, and adjust the spring claw until you can remove the block without bothering the bridge.

4) The owner of the instrument in question, he understands the locking nut mojo.