#1
http://www.amazon.com/Original-Floyd-Rose%C2%AE-Tremolo-Chrome/dp/B001M02XXY/ref=sr_1_8?ie=UTF8&qid=1359544633&sr=8-8&keywords=floyd+rose+tremolo

http://www.amazon.com/Floyd-Rose-Licensed-Trem--Black/dp/B0006ZNB8M/ref=sr_1_6?ie=UTF8&qid=1359544633&sr=8-6&keywords=floyd+rose+tremolo

http://www.amazon.com/Floyd-Rose-Special-Series-Tremolo/dp/B0064RVDZ4/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&qid=1359544633&sr=8-4&keywords=floyd+rose+tremolo

What the hell. Why is there such a large price gap? If the price determines the quality, then the 80 dollar FR would be worthless, and the 150 dollar FR would be really shitty. The cheaper ones can't be that much worse than the 260 dollar version, right? My current guitar has the generic FR built in. I abuse the shit out of my FR with dive bombs, so if I used the cheaper ones then would that shit just snap?
#2
http://www.ebay.com/itm/GOTOH-FLOYD-ROSE-LIC-BRIDGE-CHROME-Item-GE1996TC-/230918168184?pt=Guitar_Accessories&hash=item35c3cb9e78

Gotoh 1996T

Just as good as the OFR for quite a bit less money. This is one of the best licensed versions made. Gotoh made some of the best Ibanez bridges ever as well.
#3
It's more about tuning stability and responsiveness than structural strength, although there is still an element of that there. For instance, the floyd rose special while built to similar specs as the floyd rose original isn't built with the same materials and isn't quite as responsive. It certainly doesn't flutter nearly as well as the original. Licensed ones vary in quality so it's hard to quantify how good the licensed one you posted would be. Another point is sustain, some of the cheaper ones won't hold up so well with this when compared to an OFR. DaveMC round here knows his stuff with trems so if you're lucky maybe he'll stop by to give his opinion on the matter.
#4
Get the "Original" Floyd Rose. The one made in Germany by Schaller.

The reason why I say that is because they are built right - the Licensed ones you posted are cheap (usually Chinese made) copies that are built with soft steel and parts that will wear out quickly. It might last a year or so, but sooner or later you will need to have it replaced again. If you buy the Original German-made version, it is all that you will ever need for the next 20 years.

Don't skimp out on a Floyd - get a good one, and take care of it.
The Gotoh someone else posted is good too.

Also, make sure of what size nut you need. This isn't just a one-size-fits-all part, it needs to match your neck so that the height, spacing, and string radius is correct that specific guitar.


Warmoth has the real deal, for about $100 less than what you posted. Warmoth is a top-notch company - I've bought parts from them many times before - I'd trust that before some random link on Amazon.

http://www.warmoth.com/Original-Floyd-Rose-C693.aspx


And the nut (get the one that works with your neck, or have a tech figure it out. This is critical)

http://www.warmoth.com/Floyd-Rose-Locking-Nuts-C859.aspx

http://www.warmoth.com/Guitar/Necks/StringNut.aspx (look at chart on bottom of page)
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http://www.amazon.com/Original-Floyd-Rose%C2%AE-Tremolo-Chrome/dp/B001M02XXY/ref=sr_1_8?ie=UTF8&qid=1359544633&sr=8-8&keywords=floyd+rose+tremolo

http://www.amazon.com/Floyd-Rose-Licensed-Trem--Black/dp/B0006ZNB8M/ref=sr_1_6?ie=UTF8&qid=1359544633&sr=8-6&keywords=floyd+rose+tremolo

http://www.amazon.com/Floyd-Rose-Special-Series-Tremolo/dp/B0064RVDZ4/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&qid=1359544633&sr=8-4&keywords=floyd+rose+tremolo

What the hell. Why is there such a large price gap? If the price determines the quality, then the 80 dollar FR would be worthless, and the 150 dollar FR would be really shitty. The cheaper ones can't be that much worse than the 260 dollar version, right? My current guitar has the generic FR built in. I abuse the shit out of my FR with dive bombs, so if I used the cheaper ones then would that shit just snap?

Yup, pretty much answered your own question there.

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#6
^^ +1, i seemed to remember you could get the ofr for $180 somewhere.

^ lol
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^^ +1, i seemed to remember you could get the ofr for $180 somewhere.

^ lol

Last time I checked Warmoth was selling them for around that.
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Get the "Original" Floyd Rose. The one made in Germany by Schaller.

The reason why I say that is because they are built right - the Licensed ones you posted are cheap (usually Chinese made) copies that are built with soft steel and parts that will wear out quickly. It might last a year or so, but sooner or later you will need to have it replaced again. If you buy the Original German-made version, it is all that you will ever need for the next 20 years.

Don't skimp out on a Floyd - get a good one, and take care of it.
The Gotoh someone else posted is good too.

Also, make sure of what size nut you need. This isn't just a one-size-fits-all part, it needs to match your neck so that the height, spacing, and string radius is correct that specific guitar.


Warmoth has the real deal, for about $100 less than what you posted. Warmoth is a top-notch company - I've bought parts from them many times before - I'd trust that before some random link on Amazon.

http://www.warmoth.com/Original-Floyd-Rose-C693.aspx


And the nut (get the one that works with your neck, or have a tech figure it out. This is critical)

http://www.warmoth.com/Floyd-Rose-Locking-Nuts-C859.aspx

http://www.warmoth.com/Guitar/Necks/StringNut.aspx (look at chart on bottom of page)



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#10
Make sure your guitar is routed for an original floyd before you order one. Not all trems are the same size.
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Make sure your guitar is routed for an original floyd before you order one. Not all trems are the same size.


good point. there should be routing templates on the floyd rose website- and also on the gotoh and schaller websites for their trems, if you want to consider quality alternatives. From what I hear, the schaller lockmeister is just an OFR with the schaller brand on it (schaller makes the ofr).
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I saw in a couple of pictures that on Bucketheads Les Paul (only some pictures) that his neck pickup is painted in white. Can anyone explain to me why he would do this, and if there are any pros and cons.

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The guy wears a KFC Bucket and a white mask during performances, and you're interested in the color of his pickup covers?

#14
^ they're not gonna be a direct swap with most generic floyds, though. an OFR is more likely to be a direct swap (though not guaranteed).
Quote by crownegamers
I saw in a couple of pictures that on Bucketheads Les Paul (only some pictures) that his neck pickup is painted in white. Can anyone explain to me why he would do this, and if there are any pros and cons.

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The guy wears a KFC Bucket and a white mask during performances, and you're interested in the color of his pickup covers?