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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 05-18-2012, 11:27 AM Thread Starter
 
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Floyd Rose Special or Pro as a Lo TRS-II replacement?

I know that there are some other threads discussing this, but I was curious if anyone has actually done one of these particular replacements. I want an inexpensive replacement for my worn out TRS Lo-II. I scored an S470 for under $200 that is in otherwise pristine condition. The edges on the trem are pretty worn though, but I don't want to spend more on a trem than I did on the guitar.
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post #2 of 13 (permalink) Old 05-18-2012, 11:57 AM
 
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Re: Floyd Rose Special or Pro as a Lo TRS-II replacement?

You can drop in a original Lo-TRS which is MIJ, stays in tune great, is made of better metal, and has a nice big block under it....could be a low cost alternative for you. I have one in an MIJ RG470 and it works really well and stays in tune just as well as the OE on my RG570...

It has a screw in trem arm instead of the collared arm, and with a little bit of teflon tape it's much more stable. It's held up great for a 13 year old trem unit...

Here's a pic of the block on mine:


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Re: Floyd Rose Special or Pro as a Lo TRS-II replacement?

yeah, I saw that elsewhere but it's not what I asked so it doesn't really help. thanks though.
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Re: Floyd Rose Special or Pro as a Lo TRS-II replacement?

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yeah, I saw that elsewhere but it's not what I asked so it doesn't really help. thanks though.
You were looking for an inexpensive replacement...F me for trying to give you another alternative. Won't make the mistake of trying to help you out again
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Re: Floyd Rose Special or Pro as a Lo TRS-II replacement?

A Special is better made than the Lo-TRS II but still a lesser quality trem. The Pro should be very expensive unless you have a source for one on the cheap. I'd personally go for a Gotoh 1996, which hits a price between the two and is just as good as an OFR.

What is your definition of an "inexpensive" replacement?
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Re: Floyd Rose Special or Pro as a Lo TRS-II replacement?

ZR2009, that's not what I meant at all. I appreciate your advice, but finding one of those trems is nearly impossible and if I do they will be worn out already. I'm looking for something new that I can get my hands on. I didn't mean to offend you.
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Re: Floyd Rose Special or Pro as a Lo TRS-II replacement?

Gideond, I'm not looking for top of the line as I'm pretty easy on my gear and I tend to buy and sell my gear a lot as I get bored quickly. It sounds like a Special is what I want assuming it will fit (which is what I am hoping to hear). Thanks for the mention of the Gotoh as I had not seen which model # I would need. Do you have an idea where I could buy one of those? I haven't seen many places selling actual Gotohs.
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Re: Floyd Rose Special or Pro as a Lo TRS-II replacement?

http://www.ebay.com/itm/390367793947...#ht_1943wt_825

I usually buy them from this seller. He's one of the lowest prices I can find and has always had excellent service. They've gone up a little in price though.

I will mention that I have swapped a Lo-TRS II in an old RG470 with the Gotoh and it drops right in. All I had to do was drill bigger holes for the new studs which are much heavier duty. Also the Gotoh is setup for a 16" radius on the saddles (I think. There is a lot of conflicting info on this) and the guitar you have has roughly 15.75" radius I believe. The Floyds are usually a 12" if I'm not mistaken. So the Gotoh will be a better match to the neck radius without having to shim the saddles on a Floyd.

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Re: Floyd Rose Special or Pro as a Lo TRS-II replacement?

Cool! Thanks for the link and the advice. I appreciate it.
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Re: Floyd Rose Special or Pro as a Lo TRS-II replacement?

Get the Gotoh. WII necks are about 16" radius, so a good pick.
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Re: Floyd Rose Special or Pro as a Lo TRS-II replacement?

I finally decided that since the trem would be useless anyway to take my Dremel and smooth out the knife edges. Low and behold it actually works pretty darn well. Not all that noticable either. It's not perfect like a nice $300 Floyd made of steel, but at least as good as new. Thanks to all for advice.
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Re: Floyd Rose Special or Pro as a Lo TRS-II replacement?

i dropped a proper floyd original into an S370, made a helluva difference... BUT they cost more than the damn guitar...... still possibly my all time favourite trem though.... and worth every penny..... machined from steel... hardened knife edges, not a casting in sight....

(i tried to post pictures, but apparently i need higher post count..... )
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Re: Floyd Rose Special or Pro as a Lo TRS-II replacement?

should have enough posts now.... so here's a real floyd original, in an S series....



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