finally got my new esp f-250 in and ended up having to go buy a tuning kit since it didn't come with my guitar.. anyways, i loosened the locking thingy on the neck that keeps the strings in tune ( not sure what its called ) and tuned my guitar. but whenever i tighten this thing back up, the strings go all out of tune, so i tried tightening it not as tight, and the strings out out of tune when i use the tremelo.

is this problem just because i have new strings? or is there some way of getting around this
Well, you have to tune it differently than you would a normal guitar because the trem floats.

When tuning, make sure the trem is parallel to the body, it's best to block it off when tuning, or changing strings. Use a small block or what ever to keep it from sinking into the body.

Now for the actual tuning. First thing, unlock the locking nut.

Low E> A > Low E > D > Low E > G > Low E > B > Low E > High E > Low E

From there, re-tighten the locking nut, and it should stay in tune.

If you continue to have problems, repost and we'll see what we can do to help you further.

Tuning Floyd Rose

1) Loosen the locking nut
2) Set your fine tuners to middle position
3) Tune up your guitar to standard or whichever tunings u wish. "Cross-tuning" between strings if you want easier. Tune the low E string> A string> low E string again> D string> low E string>A string... and so forth. Keep repeating for all strings. To make it more easier, tune the low E generally a bit sharper or about half step sharper, so that you might not have to repeat crossing the strings again and again.
4) If the floating bridge comes out, loosen the tunings and then tighten the springs in the tremolo cavity at the back, if the bridge sinks, then vice-versa, until the bridge is parallel to the body.
5) Be patient
6) If you're happy with your tunings and your bridge is well centered, lock in the nut
7) Tune again using the fine tuners

Also some tips - You might want to have at least 3 springs and after following the tuning method above, tighten the 2 claw's screw for about 1/8th or 1/4th more. This is to prevent your floating bridge from getting stuck to the knife edges on the posts (action studs) after you bend notes. You can ignore this if your bridge/trem is reliable (e.g. Edge Pro, Edge, ZR, Lo-Pro Edge, Original Floyd Rose, Licensed Floyd Rose by Kahler/Schaller/Gotoh). But still you may face this problem even if your bridge is very good.

Stretch the strings first if they're new

More info on tuning floyd roses - http://www.floydrose.com/originaltremolo.html
Info on changing strings - http://www.ultimate-guitar.com/columns/features/steal_this_video_re-stringing_guitar.html
Picture guide on how to perform the #4 step mentioned above - http://www.fretnotguitarrepair.com/floydrosetremolo.htm

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hey thansk alot guys, this is a brand new style of guitar for me, i didnt want to start screwin around with the bridge and **** it up lmao. thanska lot for all your info