Re: Installing a new Floyd
Just a quick follow-up.
I purchased a drill press from Harbour Freight. It is a 1/3 hp model, with some pretty decent features. They are on sale until 2/13 for $40. That is 56% off the sticker price.
It works quite well, and is remarkably quiet.
I drilled 3/8" holes for the new studs (I was barely able to align one of the holes with the bit because the drill stand was in the way of the guitar body--a definite limitation of a drill press.), and pounded them in. The fit was slightly tight, but went well. The new studs are quite a bit more stable than the old ones.
The new nut was used, and seems fine...except, it seems to be a bit higher than the stocker. I may have to place the stock nut back in...but, i prefer the more solid feel of the new one. I am not inclined to file down the nut-slot!
Also: the new nut is slightly off-center (or the neck holes are slightly off).
I used the old trem to rough out intonation on the Floyd...and, my initial checks show intonation to be dead on!!! Am I lucky or what?
I like the feel of the Floyd, though I only had time for a short test-run, and it still needs some fine-tuning (tremolo balance and action...possibly the nut height). The feel is quite smooth.
I may be mistaken, but I think there is a tonal difference. The guitar now seems a bit more "present", and perhaps a little "bigger"? Hard to describe really...it seems a little more resonant. I actually feel more vibration coming through the body.
This is interesting because the Takeuchi has quite a bit of mass. The block is larger than the Floyd, but I didn't weigh them. The difference could be due to a difference in metal density, as well as stud and nut integrity.
Question: what should I lube the various adjustment screws with? I lubed the bridge stud-screws with Shimano Spin Doctor bearing grease (very thin and slippery grease). I want to take care of the tremolo, since I invested >$200 on it!