Set Up For Floyd Rose

How to get the correct adjustment for a floyd rose style bridge.

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This is a basic outline of the procedures needed to be taken when playing with action levels on a floyd rose designed guitar. First things first, get comfy and be in a good mood as a stressed mind will not be good if things get complex! You can start by unscrewing the lock nut on the neck of the guitar so it is not putting any tension on the strings. Also, you wil need to undo all the fine tuners until they are all the way out. Once this is done, turn the fine tuners approx. 1/4 to 1/2 turn back in to stop them sticking on the threads! To explain the next steps please read and follow instructions: grab your guitar and check to see that when the guitar is in tune, the floyd rose bridge is very close to parallel with your guitars body. If the bridge is leaning towards the front of the guitar (head) read the next step. If your floyd rose bridge is leaning towards the back of the guitar read from the **** futher down this page. Towards the front: start by using the normal tuning heads to tune all the strings flat because it is alot easier to set up the floyd rose if it is already too far back. From here, open up the panel on the back of your guitar (spring cavity) and tighten the spring adjustment screw in a few turns (clockwise) which should result in the face plate of the floyd rose to tilt back slightly once all the strings are in tune. Once you have re-adjusted the spring adjustment screw, begin to re-tune your guitar (use a digital or an analogue tuner). Start with low E and work your way up the strings ending on high E. The desired effect you are lloking for is the floyd rose to be parallel to the guitars body. This procedure may take a while so be patient. It takes me roughly 4-6 full tune ups before my guitar is "in-tune"!!! You will notice that after about the 2nd or 3rd pass, the strings will require less and less tuning. Make sure you don't make the tuning too sharp or over pitch! As the time rolls by you will reach a point where you no longer need to tune your guitar up. From this point your guitar should be roughly in tune, with the floyd rose now pointing further towards the body of the guitar, rather than the head. Of course for some of you, you may of set up the spring tension/string tension 'perfectly'. This is the case if the floyd rose is running parallel with the body of your guitar. If so well done, your doing better than me. Towards the back: so your floyd rose is now leaning towards the back of your guitar. This can be fixed by adjusting the spring tension screws out approx 1/4 turn at a time. Once you have released some tension by a 1/4 turn, start to retune your guitar again with the low E to high E. Note: Due to the design of the floyd rose system, you cannot use the spring adjustmet screws to obtain the units parallel. The reason for this is the floyd rose system works as a counter-tension to create the 'floating' bridge. There needs to be an equal tension between the springs and the strings plus the bridge to run parrallel with the guitars body to obtian a 'perfect pitch.' Once the faceplate of the bridge is almost parallel to the guitars body, making sure that the guitar is in tune, re-lock the lock nut (if ya have one) on the neck and using the fine tuners now, obtain your perfect pitch by starting on low E working your way through to high E. It may take a few tries to get it down right but like everything practise makes perfect. Happy playin'.

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    LimoZeen
    THANK YOU!!! I have an axe build which has a floyd, and I was thinking about selling the Floyd for a speedloader Floyd because I could not get it to work, but you have shown me how to use a FLoyd correctly. Thnx again.
    Kenit
    Hey I am thinking of getting a guitar with a floyd rose on it and wanted to ask if you can easily tune from the top E to drop D. Will i have to adjust the floyd rose too or just the tuning keys?
    arondadi
    Kenit wrote: Hey I am thinking of getting a guitar with a floyd rose on it and wanted to ask if you can easily tune from the top E to drop D. Will i have to adjust the floyd rose too or just the tuning keys?
    If the Floyd Rose is used to be tuned to E, tuning it to drop D will **** with the whole system and it will take time and work for it to ajust. Just have it in E or dropped D, not chance alot.
    Kenit
    And what if I tune the Floyd to standard E, and after I tune only the guitar string to D, will it play correct to D without setting the floyd rose and not using it for D but I only use to bridge when its in E?
    The_Wooper
    Great! thanks. i tuned my guitar one step down using this article but! you dropped out some importent info.. how do i deal with buzzing strings and string action after the tuning?
    Dude...
    This may be off subject, but my Rg has an Edge Pro on it and i had it tuned within like a minute, is it different or something b/c i don't see where everyone is having a problem with the tuning. I can understand the prob with changing tunings.
    fiestared
    my string clamps are blocked by the screws that hold the bracket that holds the string clams in place....what should I do??...buy new screws?? answers to loganboyle@aol.com PLEASE!!!
    superslash1994
    panics fall, if he did screw it up, go back and make him put it right, if he doesn't you can sue.
    guitar_demon48
    the best way to learn to use a floyd is to just **** around with it, really people, there not brain surgery or anything
    Demonikk
    williamyb wrote: dis so confusing...how u supposed to understand dis shit
    Could try learning the names of the parts on your guitar. Or learning the English language would also help a lot.
    XxPanicsFallxX
    Someone please help me. e-mail me @ negan1@mac.com I tried to put my Floyd Rose in Eb, and, the bridge shot down way into the cavity, I took it to Guitar Center, and, then the guy put some wood behind it so that I couldnt pull up on the whammy bar, but, I could go into different tunings. I tried to go in Eb again, and, it totally screwed up, the strings are insanely loose, the action is so low that the string rests on the fretbars. and. I thinkthe Floyd Rose itself is messed up. I dont want to take the guitar back to Guitar Center so the guy could screw it up again for 50$, so, any help please? please email me
    MiNdDiVidED
    i picked up the se razorback..what a smooth ride. and i dont normally use a tremolo. however dime was my idol so i went with it. **** floyd rose...this thing is a pain in the ass...thats why he had guitar techs...they tunes his shit for fun lol...had it for a week...already its rattle is driving me nuts. anyway...next time i go with the les paul
    AxeMan88uk
    first again... WOO!! will ppl stop wrting bout floyd roses, ur gonna make the poor confused ones even more confused, let them leanr by example from sum1 else and theyll know howeasy it actually is
    evh95
    i strung a floyd my first time and it was perfect i was very surprised
    MetalheadMosher
    I'm getting a Jackson Warrior XT guitar brand new and was wondering what I can do to set it up best to semi-tone lower tuning (DGCFAd) because my music is heavily influeced by Death and I would like to basically use all the same techniques Chuck used (R.I.P.). Once this tuning is set up, I will not need to change the tuning again. Thanks in advance.
    seankir92
    haha floyd roses are not that confusing at all really. really to just sum up what he says in a few sentences is like, if the fr is pulling forward too much then you need to make the springs in the back pull harder by screwing the screws in the back farther in (first drop the tuning of the strings some!!) and same goes for the opposite, if the fr is dipped too far into the guitar then lower the spring tension by loosening the screws in the back of the guitar and just tune up. might take a while but its not complex. just trial and error is what it is pretty much. and for all of you asking about drop D tuning or any sort of drop tuning at all, yeah just do the exact same process except just keep trying to tune it the way you want to tune it until the fr is level
    xXL1QU1DFEARXx
    my floyd rose isreally annoying, cuz it juts out of my guitar and the screws are already as far in as they cabn go, do i need more springs, cuz i only have 3, and when i move the springs to get maximum tension, the trem still juts out from my guitar
    Cyskin
    dude before you let loose the floyd put something that will hold in place the floyd screw the spring tight n change the tuning lock the strings make shure is tuned n un screw the springs until its is tuned takes about 5 mn to change standard to drop c
    Cyskin
    For A Tip to skip The Part When You Tune The Guitar 5 to 6 times Put a Peace of Of Wood That Will Leave Your Floyd In Zero Means In Tune Screw Tight The Spring This Will Leave Your Floyd In Zero Then Do The UnLocking N Tuning When You Finish Lock The Strings n Take The Peace Of Wood Out Un Screw the Springs until Your Guitar Is tune Take Les than 5 Minute But Half Of THe Things He Said Are True
    emothis
    can a floyd rose be installed on a stratocaster?? or will it need some major constuction??
    espforme
    I love floyd rose but I have a question about setting the strings so they are all level. I had ESP KFK pickups installed on mine at a shop and told them to set the action as well. They did do this but I noticed my A and G strings are not level with the others. Actually makes me miss them sometimes when playing now. IS there a set way to fix this so the string are level with each other? Thanks in advance if someone has an answer.
    Alex Soliz
    Can anyone help me out? I just got a Jackson KE3, and it stays in tune fine and all, but the problem is that whenever I use the whammy, the tension springs creek and screech, especially with dive bombs, it sounds horrible. So, is it just an issue with cleaning them or do I need to get new tenssion springs?Thanks in advance.
    AiC
    Alex Soliz wrote: Can anyone help me out? I just got a Jackson KE3, and it stays in tune fine and all, but the problem is that whenever I use the whammy, the tension springs creek and screech, especially with dive bombs, it sounds horrible. So, is it just an issue with cleaning them or do I need to get new tenssion springs?Thanks in advance.
    i guess a certain amount of creek and acreech is bound to happen if it's a old guitar and you haven't maintained it properly but, from what you said it sounds like you have a new one. so honestly it shouldn't screech at all. just check if the tremolo is exactly parallel to the body ... ideally it should ...
    AiC
    espforme wrote: I love floyd rose but I have a question about setting the strings so they are all level. I had ESP KFK pickups installed on mine at a shop and told them to set the action as well. They did do this but I noticed my A and G strings are not level with the others. Actually makes me miss them sometimes when playing now. IS there a set way to fix this so the string are level with each other? Thanks in advance if someone has an answer.
    i'm not too sure how the height of each string could vary. if you drop the bridge too low to the body then you may have a problem with the lower notes buzzing on the fretboard. but just check if the height of the bridge on either side is level.
    dodreaper
    I just bought a jackson with a floyd rose off someone ne he realy screwed it up...I can get it to be in standard tuning with everything parrallel..but I had a question, whenever I want to tune it say in flat or something do I always have to adjust the strings in the bak?...because I can tune my stratt anyway I want and all I have to do is mess with the knobs on top..
    SchecterDamienE
    its not difficult.. just takes time and practice. its very tedious work. and as long as your guitar is in shape it should go smoothly. i would do mine myself but the neck is bowed and i dont know how to do that. its also a super strat and i just got done with the cavity and putting the mounting posts in. so im gonna have luthier do it this time but after that its all me
    ledcaveman
    andy_rox_69 wrote: hey, h0w r yall tonite? I got this cheap ass strat copy which i have been ***in around wif and it has a tremolo on it. is it possible to fit a floyd rose onto it WITHOUGHT altering the nut. if not, why?
    cos u have to route(cut) bits out of the guitar in order for the floyd rose to fit in cos they're bigger than standard strat tremolos, and to the noobs. GO TO FLOYDROSE.COM OR WIKIPEDIA AND FUKING READ ABOUT THE DAMN THING
    rebelyell3000
    I love floyd rose until it comes time to change the strings, now i know what to do when the system is sticking stright out. Thanks, thank god for guitar shops
    jacksonwarrior
    yeah my jackson has a floyd rose and its the handeist thing evr i can go mad with my whammmy bar and im still in tune whoop
    robertgower
    The tip reagrding instructions and jpegs on www.floydrose.com helped me alot. Does anyone have any tips for Intonating your guitar. The floydrose site only described intonating at the 12th fret. I've heard there are other proven methods, possibly depending on what part of the neck you may want to intonate better than another ?
    Mick Mackler
    Good stuff...'bout time somebody wrote an article about this. I have a Floyd Rose bridge on my Samick, and I hate it. I bought a Washburn that didn't have it instead after that. This process of tuning takes a looong time, and it pissed me off because every time I changed the gauge of my strings, I had to go through this tuning process again. I'd only buy another if I somehow got successful enough to have my own guitar tech because the negatives outweigh the positives. Nevertheless, a good article.
    heggazz
    hey im a newb to floyd roses and i bought one for my guitar how do you actually set it up on your guitar. coz im havin a lot of trouble
    kapp
    hey, do you have some pictures about this flyd rose, stringin'/tunung/etc. ?
    andy_rox_69
    hey, h0w r yall tonite? I got this cheap ass strat copy which i have been ***in around wif and it has a tremolo on it. is it possible to fit a floyd rose onto it WITHOUGHT altering the nut. if not, why?
    ronnie_sjr
    Its comprehendable if ya understand a bit of guitar technical knowledge. Otherwise take the guitar to a local shop and have it done up. Good job nevertheless.
    randall_truscot
    Floyd rose, is the best type of tremelo you can get, but only when its set up right. Your best to take your guitar to a shop to get it set up or put in or fixed. It will save a huge amount of playing time and effort, and quality and for the 30 bucks you get it done right.....Ps.I have a floyd rose w/ locking nut on my gutiar and it took me a night to setup, and it still isnt done propeely so im taking it to the shop.....And if you want good guidlines on seting up a floyd rose tremelo system go to www.floydrose.com And theres instrusctions on how to do pretty much everything.