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post #1 of 26 (permalink) Old 07-23-2003, 07:56 PM Thread Starter
 
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Idiot's guide for using a Floyd Rose...anyone?????

ok, i just bought and RG350DX and im having trouble tuning. i dont have experience with floating tremolos so please help me out as to what process u normally take, and if u can let me know how to change strings too. I have an idea but id like to know some do's and dont's that dont neccessarily come on the instruction mannual. anybody imput at all is encouraged.

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Um, try looking here first: http://jemsite.com/tech/index.htm
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i need tips for tuning?
whats like the best way for tuning, u tune them in pairs of twos, when theyre tuned u lock them and then go on to the other two pairs. is that the way it works? please help. treat me like i know nothing of floyd rose guitars.
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i dont get it...
ok first u tighten them up...right? until their not wobbly...(?)
then u start sort of tuning. then u lock them and use the knobs on the tremolo. god this guitar makes me feel stupid.
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If you're changing all the strings at once slowly wind each string a little at a time until you get them in tune [is what it's says]. then strtch the crap out of them until they won't stretch anymore. Retune, then lock down. Whammy the crap out of it stopping on a rise to neutral. Unlock the nut and re-fine tune [with the tuners]. Lock down the nut. The only time you use the fine tuners on the trem are when the nut is locked.
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no, im not changing the strings at all.
theyre the same strings (still the factory ones), except it just got untuned.
Everytime i try to tune heres my procedure
a) i tune E and A and then lock it, the same with the D and G and with B and E

the problem is by the time i get to the high E the low E is already out of tune, i suppose bc the tension it used to have due to the tension i changed on the other strings...do u know what im saying?

my problem is i was never taught how to tune these guitars. and i dont know anybody here that owns one, who could help me....i do appreaciate taking ur time to explain.

really, all i need to know is the process u take to tune ur guitar. but any help at all is more than welcome.
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Nothing get's locked down until the whole bridge is in tune. Otherwise follow the directions.
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post #9 of 26 (permalink) Old 07-25-2003, 01:47 AM Thread Starter
 
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there are parts when it says to slacken the strings.
Theyre already tight. Theyre just out of tune with each other.
Am i suppossed to loosen them up? if so, to what extent? just let the tremolo hit the limit and completely loosen up the strings???
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Then tweak them around until they are in tune, and don't stop till they are.
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Rich you're a saint. :P
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ok, so to begin retuning, i have to loosen them up entirely???
but wont that mess up the springs???
please answer soon...
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If you're changing all the strings at once slowly wind each string a little at a time until you get them in tune [is what it's says]. then strtch the crap out of them until they won't stretch anymore. Retune, then lock down. Whammy the crap out of it stopping on a rise to neutral. Unlock the nut and re-fine tune [with the tuners]. Lock down the nut. The only time you use the fine tuners on the trem are when the nut is locked.
It's really just that simple my friend.
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Tune all the flat strings up to pitch, detune all the sharp strings to pitch, repeat, repeat, repeat until finished.
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ok..
what i did was this:
to begin i detuned every single string until the tremolo hit the limit of looseness. then starting with E (6th string) i tuned until in tune, and then A, D, G, B, and E. then i repeated the exact same process until it sounded alright.
now the problem is now the tremolo is lifted upwards....i know that isnt right. so...how do u prevent that? id really rather not mess with the springs in the back of the guitar cuz i dont think im qualified for it.
IM NOT CHANGING THE STRINGS JUST YET (that'll be another thread ) but please help
thank u for ur time....
i really appreciate anyones help.
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