Floyd Rose Setup and Tuning
I had a Floyd equipped guitar once, never again.
Hi I was just wondering if anyone could help me out.
I have an ibanez RG series 320 DXQM with a bolted down nut
and it seems when i tune it the tremolo rises and throws either the top strings out of tune or vise versa. I actually just snapped a brand new set of strings.. What am I doing wrong.
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Its all in the adjustments on a floyd. What string gauge are you using...are they the same gauge that came on the guitar new...are you using standard tuning? All these affect how a floyd rides.
Put the strings on....slowly tune the guitar until the floyd rides high...then adj the tension springs in the back cavity until the floyd is parallel to the FRETBOARD! NOT the body. This is the error most players make with a floyd. Continue to tighten the strings and adj the springs until the guitar is at pitch and the floyd is parallel with the FRETBOARD. It will stay in tune and dive bomb all day. If you cant get the floyd to ride parallel to the fretboard at pitch, you need to add 1-2-3 tension springs in the cavity ( add 1 at a time and adj ). I have an ibanez rg with floyd and an agile prs copy with floyd and they both stay in tune and dive bomb all day in tune.
Pm me if you need any more and I'l try and help.
i've always used a block of wood in the bridge cavity on FR bridges, such that you can bend notes down but not up.
by adjusting the preload of the tension springs you can set it up so that even breaking a string won't send the rest totally out of whack, since the bridge is basically fixed.
i've also found it helps with sustain and/or string feedback
I used to install these at American Showster. They are a pain in the butt. I even had one on one of my own guitars.
What really helps is the Hipshot Tremsetter. Highly recommended. Even keeps the strings in tune when you do Nashville style bends and if you break a string. They are tricky to set up, but work great after that.
Stretching the strings is always recommended on any guitar. As I said before, if set-up properly, a floyd can perform great. The tremsetter works well to keep the floyd in tune when playing double stop bends. It can make the floyd stiffer to dive bomb. I have a tremsetter on my Agile PRS copy and it stays in tune while bending one string and playing another when keeping the 1st string bent ( without the tremsetter, the second string played will be flat ). If you block the floyd so it will dive down, you can stop the bending problem by using more return springs at a tighter setting ( this can also make the floyd stiffer to dive ).
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My technique for dealing with floating trems is:
1. Place a small block behind the trem block (spring side)
2. Tighten all the springs as far as they will go (use a block that allows trem to ride at proper angle on guitar...takes some experimenting)
3. Wedge a dead 9V battery or similar object on the other side of the block
4. Make sure both wedges are in tightly
5. Remove trem arm and toss in a drawer somewhere in case you every decide to get rid of the trem or the guitar
Using the above technique seems to make all floating trems work much better and stay in tune. Then, just tune normally, stretch and re-tune, lock the nut, then adjust the fine-tuners.
LOL Zip. A lot of players have done just that out of frustration. But if you follow either of the methods I have posted, you can have a fully function floyd that stays in tune and dives all day.
Good luck all
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