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Old 11-15-2012, 07:48 PM   #1
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Fitting a floating Floyd Rose Trem?

Hey, I was given a cheap Aria STG003 for free and since I've never modded a guitar before, I've decided to take a challenge on making it decent. Currently fitted on it is a pretty basic trem but I want to put a Floyd Rose floating bridge on it. Will I need to route the guitar for a platform for it to sit in if I want to have it floating?
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Old 11-16-2012, 04:07 AM   #2
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You don't have to do a recessed route for it to be fully floating. A non-recessed Floyd can be set up to float, there just isn't as much bend up range in this configuration, and you will need some neck angle to compensate for the bridge sitting this high.
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Old 11-16-2012, 05:12 AM   #3
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and you will need some neck angle to compensate for the bridge sitting this high.


+1
people seem to forget about that!
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Old 11-16-2012, 05:26 AM   #4
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I see, I guess without routing I'll only get a step, maybe 2, note change. I think I might just route it to let it sit in, it might be more work but it'll give me something to do.
Oh and I would have forgotten about changing the neck angle
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Old 11-16-2012, 07:29 PM   #5
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I see, I guess without routing I'll only get a step, maybe 2, note change. I think I might just route it to let it sit in, it might be more work but it'll give me something to do.
Oh and I would have forgotten about changing the neck angle


You can get more than 2 steps, 3 minimum I'd say unless the bridge is almost flush with the body.

How much do you really need anyway?
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Old 11-20-2012, 07:01 PM   #6
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I suppose so, I'm just wondering how high the bridge will sit. I've just ordered the trem anyway so we shall see.
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Old 11-30-2012, 06:41 PM   #7
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Right so the trem has turned up, when sitting it flush to the body it sits quite high. So that means I should either angle the neck to compensate or get someone to route the body out for me. Is it possible to run into any problems with angling the neck such as playability?
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Old 12-01-2012, 04:08 AM   #8
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Right so the trem has turned up, when sitting it flush to the body it sits quite high. So that means I should either angle the neck to compensate or get someone to route the body out for me. Is it possible to run into any problems with angling the neck such as playability?


All tune-o-matic guitars have neck angle, they seem to play fine.

Try a cut up credit card first, see if that's enough angle.

2-3 degrees seems to be the consensus for strat guitars with a non-recessed floyd.
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