#1
I got a gibson Explorer and by faR IT IS THE BEST GUITAR i HAVE EVER PLAYED. But anyway I really like to use whammy bars, because they sound so awesome. Is there anywhere that I could send my guitar to get a floyd rose original tremolo installed? I really want one. But buying a new guitar is just stupid. I am saving for an amp anyways.
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#3
You could get that done...but its gunna be expensive, not to mention it would hurt the tone by cutting a big piece of the wood out...
#4
Quote by What_is_my_name
I got a gibson Explorer and by faR IT IS THE BEST GUITAR i HAVE EVER PLAYED. But anyway I really like to use whammy bars, because they sound so awesome. Is there anywhere that I could send my guitar to get a floyd rose original tremolo installed? I really want one. But buying a new guitar is just stupid. I am saving for an amp anyways.

I wouldn't dream of routing a beautiful Gibson XPlorer to fit a FR; instead, I'll cruise evilBay or CraigsList to buy an Epi with a FR. They do come up:



#5
routing it is the only option, you'll lose some tone due to the loss of mass, and its gonna be expensive. but if you love this guitar then the price doesn't matter. the only question to ask is, is the slight loss in tone worth the use of the whammy bar?
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#6
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You could get that done...but its gunna be expensive, not to mention it would hurt the tone by cutting a big piece of the wood out...


+1.

Just get a guitar with a trem already built in, saves you much hassle of modding your Explorer.
#8
Gibson's GOTM next month is the shred X Explorer, with a FR (I think; it could just be a licensed tremolo) and EMGS for TEH BR00TAL MUSIK.

I'm thinking of getting one myself.
#9
dear god, how many times have i seen this. routing some of the guitar off won't make you lossesez the brooot4l toneerz

i'd say, if you can get ahold of a router, do it yourself, you may surprise yourself. and save you a ton of money from what shops charge, plus the actual cost of a FR system. It won't be cheap. but is it worth it? you decide on that.
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#11
look into a kahler instead of an OFR.
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#12
The 'loss of tone' would be so minimal it's not worth mentioning. If you can 'buy' FR version of the guitar, it's not much different than that area of wood missing from one that's been routed. How do you think the factory removes that piece? If you do it, make damn sure you know what you're doing and use a guide or it's not going to be a clean cut into the body and it'll look like sh*t. If you've ever used a router you know they kind of feel like a gyro (no, not the sandwich :p and sort of move all over the place because of the centrifugal force of the spinning motor / cutting blade. So a router guide or unbelievably steady hands are extremely important. At the very least, go to your local music store and at least talk with a luthier about it first. See what their prices are to do it. I'm guessing it'll be pretty expensive, very likely at the VERY least it'd be about $150-$200 for them to do it. If that's too expensive, I'm sure he / she will give you a few tips. Keep in mind a new OFR runs almost $200 but, you can probably find them slightly cheaper on eBay used. So it'd run you about $350-$400 for the FR and the install with a luthier. Honestly, at that point, you're almost better off just finding another one that already has one installed. So, you can do it yourself with a TON of prep work and caution. Either that or trade yours if you want a trem bar that bad or buy an additional guitar with one already installed.

Personally, I wouldn't try the router option yourself. Too much risk to me.
#13
if you just want vibrato and dont need to do divebombs and stuff get a maestro tailpiece trem. they're so beautiful. oh and you can bend up on bigsbys and like trem bridges i think the B-3000 would look ok on an explorer.
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#14
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Gibson's GOTM next month is the shred X Explorer, with a FR (I think; it could just be a licensed tremolo) and EMGS for TEH BR00TAL MUSIK.

I'm thinking of getting one myself.


Actually it's a Kahler. Some view them as better than OFRs, some not so much. I believe they have a bit less range than an OFR or proper LFR. Also, it's an EMG 85/85 set, instead of the more standardized 81/85 set. The 85 in the bridge will have a bit less output than the 81, but it's still a very nice pickup. Some prefer the 85 in the bridge, actually. However you look at it, the Shred X and Shred V look like awesome guitars.

TS, like others have said. It's usually not worth it to pay to put a big hole in an otherwise perfect guitar just to add a Floyd. It's almost always a better option to buy a cheaper guitar with a locking trem already installed.
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#15
There is no use in doing that to a perfectly good Gibson Explorer...those things cost to much to f*ck with like that
#16
Don't mess with it even if you are confident installing a FR. By the sounds of things you already have guitars with whammy bars so just use them.
if you want a whammy bar effect you can always do the randy rhoads thing and push the main body of the guitar in,just above the neck, and then push the neck out...think I described that well
#17
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Don't mess with it even if you are confident installing a FR. By the sounds of things you already have guitars with whammy bars so just use them.
if you want a whammy bar effect you can always do the randy rhoads thing and push the main body of the guitar in,just above the neck, and then push the neck out...think I described that well



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#18
Well, if you have the money, get an Epiphone futura FX.
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