FLOYD ROSE ORIGINAL TREMOLO - CHANGING TO A DIFFERENT GAUGE STRING SET
To change to a heavier gauge of strings you need to tighten the springs, reset the intonation, and possibly adjust the truss rod tension. If your not accustomed to working on guitars you may want to take your guitar to a qualified guitar repairman who is familiar with Floyd Rose systems. But if you want to try it, here’s what you do...
To change to a heavier gauge of strings:
Replace all your strings with the heavier gauge strings and tune the guitar to an electronic tuner
(leave the nut clamps un-clamped).
Check to see if the base plate is perpendicular.
If the base plate seems to be tilting up away from the body, increase the spring tension and re-tune.
If the base plate seems to be tilting down closer to the body, decrease the spring tension and retune.
FLOYD ROSE ORIGINAL TREMOLO - TROUBLESHOOTING TIPS
Trouble Shooting the Floyd Rose Tremolo
If your bridge is an Original Floyd Rose, it should function perfectly if properly installed and properly setup. Here are some things you can check that may be adjusted incorrectly or might be damaged.
Check to see if the base plate is sitting parallel with the top surface of the guitar. If it seems to be tilted forward, toward the pickups, then you need to tighten the springs and retune the guitar and check the tilt again. If it is tilted back toward the body of the guitar loosen the springs and retune the guitar. Repeat this procedure until the bridge sits level.
Make sure the nut is attached securely by tightening the nut attachment screws. This is critical for tuning stability.
Make sure the string clamps at the nut and bridge are very tight.
Make sure the saddle intonation screws are tight.
If these things have been done correctly and your bridge still does not come back to the proper pitch when using the tremolo, the knife-edges may be damaged. To check this you must remove the bridge. You can easily remove the bridge with the strings still clamped in the bridge by removing the tremolo springs. [Be sure to hold on to the bridge when removing the springs.] If you don't feel comfortable doing this, take the guitar to a good guitar repairman. Check the knife-edges. They should not be dull or rounded or chipped. If they don't seem sharp you can order a replacement base plate at www.apintl.com
The dull knife edge is a rare problem on Floyd Rose Original bridges, but is more common on
licensed bridges. If your bridge says, "Licensed under Floyd Rose Patents" or similar anywhere on it, this is a
licensed bridge, and "not under our quality control." If your bridge is a licensed bridge, you should contact the manufacturer of your guitar for replacement parts.
If your tremolo is "floating" (i.e. you can pull up or push down on the tremolo arm) and you bend a string, the other strings will go slightly flat. This is normal operation. If you don't want this to happen you must block the tremolo so that you can't pull up on it (Edward Van Halen uses his Floyd blocked this way). When the bridge is mounted in this manner it is as stable as a fixed bridge for string bending but the trade off is the loss of subtle vibrato effects. This blocking should be done by a qualified guitar repairman.
FLOYD ROSE ORIGINAL TREMOLO - PARTS AVAILABILITY
Parts for your Floyd Rose Bridge are available from our distributor, AP International. Please visit them online at: www.apintl.com
they will be able to assist you with the parts you need.
If your bridge says "Licensed under Floyd Rose Patents" or similar on it, it is a licensed version of our product and not under our quality control. We do not stock parts for licensed bridges. If you need parts for a licensed bridge, you may want to contact the original manufacturer of the guitar. You may also find parts at: www.stewmac.com
FLOYD ROSE ORIGINAL TREMOLO - RETROFITTING THE FLOYD ROSE ORIGINAL
The Original Floyd Rose tremolo should retrofit on any licensed Floyd (of the same style). The Floyd Rose Pro tremolo will also work, but some guitars may require a slight modification.
For pricing information or to purchase these bridges go to www.apintl.com
The SpeedLoader bridges will also retrofit licensed Floyd's and will be available January 2003 in stores and on line at www.floydrose.com
. Prices to be announced.
FLOYD ROSE ORIGINAL TREMOLO - SEVEN STRING VERSION
Yes, we do have a seven-string version of the Floyd Rose Original bridge available. For information and pricing on Floyd Rose Original, Seven String Floyd Rose and Floyd Rose Pro bridges, please visit, www.apintl.com
Currently we do not have a 7-string version of our new SpeedLoader bridge, however we are planning on releasing by the end of 2004. Please check our website periodically for updates.
The new (six string) Floyd Rose SpeedLoader bridges and strings will be available in January 2003 in stores and on line at www.floydrose.com
. Prices to be announced.
taken from floydrose.com.