#1
My guitar doesn't (and probably can't) have a Floyd Rose and, unfortunately, alot of the guitar greats tend to use Floyd Roses.
I'd say I'm pretty decent on the guitar. I can play YYZ pretty smoothly.

So, does anybody know any guitarists that don't really use Floyd Roses, or anything where there is alot of whammying involved (My guitar will got out of tune quite quickly).
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#2
no, almost none of the guitar greats use a floyd rose often at all
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#3
Segovia, Villa-Lobos, Johnson, Hendrix, Dufour, Frusciante, Bonamassa, etc. I don't think a single on 'my' greats list uses a floyd.
In fact, I can't think of any guitar players that use one that I really consider great except Vai.
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Hardly any songs "need" a Floyd rose - even if they do a lot of the time you can get away with doing something else.
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#6
The Floyd-Rose went on sale in 1979, so any song recorded before then is pretty much guaranteed not to have a Floyd-Rose on.
#7
Hendrix actually uses a whammy bar, but not a Floyd Rose. Jimi used the whammy bar for little pitch shifting.
No wonder that Joe Bonamassa doesn't use a whammy bar - He's playing with a Gibson Les Paul!

Actually, that is the answer for you - once a guitarist puts the Floyd Rose's bar on his/her guitar it guaranteed that the Floyd Rose will be used anyway...
Just avoid Motley Crue songs (unless your pick scraps sounds good as Mick Mars' dive bombs) and search for people with Gibson's guitars like Tony Iommi, Jimmy Page, Zakk Wylde, etc...
Oh! and there is always Marty Friedman that used to play with Jackson Kellys but he's playing PRS guitars now and he never really did any usage of a whammy bar (as far as I know...)

Edit: A lot of Floyd Rose whammying are so Dimebag Darrell (RIP), he's incredible in that!
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#8
You never need a Floyd Rose. ever.

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On a serious note, it's just a tool to create something otherwise hard to achieve. You can bend your neck for mini dive bombs. The only instances I can think of you need one is to do Steve Vai styled riffs with all those cool little noises and to simulate a slide guitar but that can be done on a regular fender tremolo.
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Quote by Artemis Entreri
Segovia, Villa-Lobos, Johnson, Hendrix, Dufour, Frusciante, Bonamassa, etc. I don't think a single on 'my' greats list uses a floyd.
In fact, I can't think of any guitar players that use one that I really consider great except Vai.


Gary Moore ?

Satriani ?
#10
Quote by Dukey
Hendrix actually uses a whammy bar, but not a Floyd Rose. Jimi used the whammy bar for little pitch shifting.
No wonder that Joe Bonamassa doesn't use a whammy bar - He's playing with a Gibson Les Paul!

Actually, that is the answer for you - once a guitarist puts the Floyd Rose's bar on his/her guitar it guaranteed that the Floyd Rose will be used anyway...
Just avoid Motley Crue songs (unless your pick scraps sounds good as Mick Mars' dive bombs) and search for people with Gibson's guitars like Tony Iommi, Jimmy Page, Zakk Wylde, etc...
Oh! and there is always Marty Friedman that used to play with Jackson Kellys but he's playing PRS guitars now and he never really did any usage of a whammy bar (as far as I know...)

Edit: A lot of Floyd Rose whammying are so Dimebag Darrell (RIP), he's incredible in that!


Hendrix was also never in tune, nor did he use a floyd so that goes along with everything that TS said. And Bonamassa frequents a strat as well.


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Gary Moore ?

Satriani ?


I never listen to either of them so I couldn't really make a judgement. That being said, I should probably add them to my 'list' of people that do use floyds.
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I never listen to either of them so I couldn't really make a judgement. That being said, I should probably add them to my 'list' of people that do use floyds.


You should definitely give gary moore a listen, if you like guys like hendrix and frusciante then moore will blow you away. Satch also
#12
Unless you're planing on playing Steve Vai, Mattias Eklundh, or Dragonforce, you don't actually 'need' any trem bar, let alone a Floyd Rose. They're helpful tools, but not necessary at all. I didn't get my first tremolo bar until over 7 years after I started playing. I didn't have much of a problem without one.
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Hardly any songs "need" a Floyd rose - even if they do a lot of the time you can get away with doing something else.


This.

I'm pretty sure Eddie uses a FR but I could be wrong.
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You should definitely give gary moore a listen, if you like guys like hendrix and frusciante then moore will blow you away. Satch also


Eh, I don't really like Hendrix or Frusciante that much. As far as pop guitarists go I like Frusciante but other than that he's not really one of my favorites. I've never been a fan of ridiculously overdone solos, however impressive they may be.
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Quote by Crazyedd123
My guitar doesn't (and probably can't) have a Floyd Rose and, unfortunately, alot of the guitar greats tend to use Floyd Roses.
I'd say I'm pretty decent on the guitar. I can play YYZ pretty smoothly.

So, does anybody know any guitarists that don't really use Floyd Roses, or anything where there is alot of whammying involved (My guitar will got out of tune quite quickly).
What do you mean? There's a lot of guitarists who don't use Floyd Roses and you don't actually "need" it. I don't really understand why you started this thread, do you even know some guitarists?
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Quote by Crazyedd123
My guitar doesn't (and probably can't) have a Floyd Rose and, unfortunately, alot of the guitar greats tend to use Floyd Roses.
I'd say I'm pretty decent on the guitar. I can play YYZ pretty smoothly.

So, does anybody know any guitarists that don't really use Floyd Roses, or anything where there is alot of whammying involved (My guitar will got out of tune quite quickly).



Your falsely assuming that you need a Floyd to stay in tune. Guitars go out of tune in 99% of the time because;

First and foremost, the string is binding in the nut, either because it is not channeled correctly to the proper size of the strings, or is not made out of a hard material. A prescisly cut nut and the use of graphite takes care of the problem.

Strings - because of being improperly stretched when first put on, or old strings. The accumulation of dirt, oil, and dead skin from your fingers also will affect a strings pitch. Do your own experiment, play for half an hour, then measure the pitch using a tuning meter on your first or second string, now use a cloth and wipe the strings, being sure to get the underneath them, measuring the pitch again and you will see a noticeable change.
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#17
Assuming you mean the whammy bar when you say "floyd Rose" I can think of a few off the top of my head:
Steve Vai
Dimebag
Jimi Hendrix
Carlos Santana

To name a few, each use it to a different degree and style but all of them make use of it.

IMO I think it's handy to have a whammy bar, it's another weapon in your arsenal that you can make use of and shouldn't be ignored.
#18
Zakk Wylde ( on his les pauls), Gus G. ( No more), Les Paul himself, Mick Thompson, Slash etc.

None use trems.
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Your falsely assuming that you need a Floyd to stay in tune. Guitars go out of tune in 99% of the time because;


i think he meant that his guitar goes badly out of tune when he tries to simulate a "whammy trick", probably by playing with his tuning keys or something. your points are valid though.

also, a tremol-no+OFR=never tuning again, it's like night and day.
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