Posted Mar 29, 2010 11:05 AM
Browsing through articles and reviews, I found that many people are afraid of the floyd rose style tremolo systems that have become almost a staple of rock and metal. Guitarists will complain of their complexity, their limited tuning stability and how sometimes they won't stay in tune from the beginning. The first thing for me to address is to have your bridge set up properly by a local guitar shop, however if you have purchased a guitar that comes with one of these bridges automatically then there should be no problem. My Ibanez XPT was perfect from the beginning with an Edge III tremolo. However there are always exceptions and if you find fault with your guitar in any area bring it to a professional. When tuning these there are fine tuners on the bridge itself that are meant for tuning the instrument. Left will lower pitch, right will raise it.
Most people begin to have their problems when restringing their guitars. If your guitar stayed in tune before it will again if strung properly. There is no pattern to follow while stringing these instruments. That is the most common misconception, nor does it matter if you replace each string individually or all strings are removed at once. When you put in a new string:
1. Set all fine tuners on the bridge to medium height.
2. With an allen wrench secure the ball-end into the bridge.
3. Tighten the string at the headstock to close to its normal tuning.
4. Finish stringing the guitar.
The Important Part
5. The strings will not stay intune imeadiatly. Retune the instrument several times (this may take afew minutes) and make sure that all strings stay in tune at once. At first they all will become drastically out of tune.
6. (Only once the strings stay in tune) fasten the nut-locks with an allen wrench. Make sure that the locks are facing the proper direction. Mine have points on the top that are meant to run parrallel to the neck.
7. The guitar will most likely become out of tune now, using the fine tuners tune it.
Your guitar should now be ready to play while staying in tune. Note - you cannot change tunings without changing the spring settings in the back of the guitar.
I hope that my articles has helped those struggling with what is really an important advancement in music. If anyone has a problem with my article, and I know someone will, then either I am wrong and an idiot or they are an airhead who needs to do some research (I hope for the latter). I am 16 and it is very probable that I've screwed up. Also this is my first article please comment.