GV8
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Hey guys,

Basically how do I know if a guitars Floyd rose is floating or not?

I'm looking to get either a Charvel DX-1 or a Charvel So-cal and I don't know which one has or if they both have a floating FR.
(BTW i'm looking for a floating one)

Thanks for the help guys,
Cheers
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Throw it in a bath. If it floats, there's your answer
GV8
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Quote by mark.bark
Throw it in a bath. If it floats, there's your answer

hahah nice...
mark.bark
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Only jokin, a quick google search and they both appear to be floating Floyd Roses. So either one is fun. Until you restring it
GV8
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Quote by mark.bark
Only jokin, a quick google search and they both appear to be floating Floyd Roses. So either one is fun. Until you restring it

Thanks man, but how do you tell?
GV8
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http://lmgtfy.com/?q=Charvel+DX-1
http://lmgtfy.com/?q=Charvel+So-cal

If it's floating it wont be flat against the body.

Nice animation man
But can you just tell by sight? because, lets take an EVH Wolfgang Special, doesn't have a floating system but it doesn't look like its parallel to the guitar body.
Sorry for the question, pretty new to the whole FR system (first time out of 8 previous guitars)
thes50
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You can tell by sight:









Floating will usually be recessed to allow the back end to dip down when you pull the bar up. On a non floating the bridge sits on the wood, meaning you can push down but not pull up.
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Quote by mark.bark
Throw it in a bath. If it floats, there's your answer


meh, you don't need to bother. if it weighs less than a duck then it will float. so if you don't feel like getting wet...

Quote by GV8
Thanks man, but how do you tell?


afaik a 'floating' bridge would be a bridge that allows you push down on the trem bar (lowering the tension/pitch) and pull up on the trem bar (raising the tension/pitch).

different bridges do this different ways, a FR does this by sitting in a recessed cavity i believe (it rocks back and forth in the cavity to change tension). you can 'block' an FR so that it can only bend down, up, or not at all and this would take away it's ability to 'float' (but generally makes maintenance and tuning simpler).
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really i think you're talking about recessed versus non-recessed. you can set up non-recessed trems to float, but you're limited to a semitone, maybe a tone if you're lucky, of up-pull.

i'd say the socal is probably the better guitar, MIJ and all. But most of them are non-recessed. I think the first two wildcards were recessed, but i dunno if you can still get them, they've been discontinued for a while.
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