#1
I have a vintage tremolo system, and I understand that the notes only can go down, around half step.

I was wondering if it is possible to make the notes bend UP too without incorporating double locking system.

And also to allow a greater range when using the bar, how?
#2
To do both of those, you will need a floating trem. If you want to do it to your current guitar, you would need to buy the trem and either route it yourself, or take it to a pro, depending on your abilities. The trem (lets say an Original Floyd Rose for example) would run around $170-$190 and installation could be from $150-$250 depending on where you get it done.
#3
Not true. You can simply loosen the springs in the back of the guitar, so that the trem floats, and you can pull up and down at will.
#5
^That's why I locked mine down. But the fact reamins that it can be done
#7
So how can I loosen the springs at the back of my guitar?

How can I make it hold tune after doing those crazy stuff (yea with a vintage, just shoot me)

Is there anything that I need to pay special attention when doing so and the consequences of loosening the springs?
#8
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How can I make it hold tune after doing those crazy stuff (yea with a vintage, just shoot me)


Make sure the nut is well lubricated; and having locking tuners helps, too.
#9
Quote by Invictious
So how can I loosen the springs at the back of my guitar?


Turn the two big screws in the cavity anticlockwise; only a few turns; then retune and check how big the gap is at the back of the bridge. It should be (very close to) 3 mm, when the guitar is properly tuned. And remember, when the bridge is floating, you will need to retune about five times before the strings will stay in tune.
#11
Ok, i just did it, how can i increase the range? I can only go down about a tone and up nearly a tone

Also, if i push the whammy bar too near the body will anything break? Same with the other way (i know the strings can break) but will anything break if i divebomb and force more than 2 semitones?
#12
Nothing except the strings should break. If anything else breaks, you need your guitar looked at.
#13
^^ If anything else broke I thing your guitar would probably be well and truly f*cked, and so probably beyond being "looked at".
Feel free to ignore my ranting.

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#14
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I wrote "the" instead of "your" on purpose; but it didn't seem to help.
#15
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I wrote "the" instead of "your" on purpose; but it didn't seem to help.

#16
So how else would I go increasing the range of the trem, it can only go 2 semitones up and down.
#17
right, i just did something weird which I forgot, and now I can shift the pitch of my high e string 4 semitones up and down

I seem to have to use a lot of force to push it beyond 2 semitones though.. but still, I can do semi divebombs on my low e strings (until its very slack) and when it returns, there is some loss, but good enough :P
#19
Not worth it, the floyd rose itself is probably already worth more than my guitar, but still, 4 semitones for a vintage
#21
I thought it was Jimi Hendrix.

How the hell did EVH make it divebomb anyway, even with my modded trem, 4 semitones is barely a divebomb, unless it's the lower strings
#22
when the bar's touching the pickguard on a vintage shouldnt it be more then 4 semitones? im sure mine can go way more
#23
My is made of cheap metal and it is vintage.
I am measuring from the top e string...
If it was the low e string then I can go much further.