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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 01-04-2010, 03:32 PM Thread Starter
 
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Floyd Rose arm lock

Hey Guys,
Got a question I thought I would post to get some of your thoughts. I am a guitarist/hack machinist that has an idea for a Floyd Rose arm locking device that has been kicking around in my head for a while now. It would be a piece that would lock the arm in place (down position), and allow the tremolo to be just like a hardtail bridge. In the other positions, it would just act a standard Floyd, with no loss of feel.You could do flutter effects and stuff like that. The only thing is the tremolo arm would only have 90 degrees of rotation, not the 360 degrees possible now. If you had something that limited rotation but fixed all the tuning problems, is that something you could live with, or do people just not care that the rotation would be limited? By the way, this is not a remake of the Autolatch, which was a disaster. Any input would be appreciated.

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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 01-05-2010, 12:04 AM
 
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Re: Floyd Rose arm lock

why settle with only 90 degrees of arm usage, when you can install a tremol-no and have it hardtail, dive only or fully floating with just adjusting few thumbscrews?
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why settle with only 90 degrees of arm usage, when you can install a tremol-no and have it hardtail, dive only or fully floating with just adjusting few thumbscrews?
Because of the way the piece would work, it would be locked when in the down position and unlocked in normal tremolo playing position. It would be a piece that would be always locking and unlocking as needed. I saw the tremol-no, but you have to mess with it to much. This is something you wouldn't have to mess with while playing. Your arm would work as normal, but locked in the down position.

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post #4 of 7 (permalink) Old 01-06-2010, 06:16 AM
 
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Re: Floyd Rose arm lock

Sounds interesting.

Personally I probably would buy one for aftermarket use as long as there was no modification to the body required.
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Sounds interesting.

Personally I probably would buy one for aftermarket use as long as there was no modification to the body required.
The only mods would be in the spring cavity, but only adding a couple of screws. I don't have anything made yet, just an idea kicking in my head. We'll see if i can even do it without being sued by Gibson or Kahler. I'm trying to find out. We'll see

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post #6 of 7 (permalink) Old 01-06-2010, 03:54 PM
 
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Re: Floyd Rose arm lock

I believe what you're suggesting has been done before though I can't recall by whom. It definitely wasn't the Kahler Autolatch. It was much simpler than that.

The flaw with the system (that I can't remember the name of) was if locking the bridge caused it to slightly shift position (up or down) then the whole guitar would go sharp of flat.
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I believe what you're suggesting has been done before though I can't recall by whom. It definitely wasn't the Kahler Autolatch. It was much simpler than that.

The flaw with the system (that I can't remember the name of) was if locking the bridge caused it to slightly shift position (up or down) then the whole guitar would go sharp of flat.
Could be Steinberger your thinking of. I also remember WD Music had an ad in Guitar World magazine back in the mid 90's for something that attached to the bar and connected to another piece screwed down to the body on the face of the guitar. I saw the ad once, and never heard anything else about it again. I also found out Wilkinson had the vs100cv convertible bridge. He stopped selling it in the US cause Gibson(Steinberger) got pissed off at him. Gibson's patent is expired, but Wilkinson still has his till 2013. Oh well, it was a nice thought, but I don't feel like getting sued.

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