HOW DO YOU TUNE A GUITAR WITH A FLOYD ROSE TREMOLO SYSTEM??

Posted by Brandon on Tue, 07/25/00 - 22:13:11.

I really need help on tuning a guitar that has a Floyd Rose Double locking Tremolo System that FLOATS. Thats my problem i can't tune it because the Tremolo system is floating. I have no idea how to tune this. PLEASE HELP, Thanks
Brandon

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Re: HOW DO YOU TUNE A GUITAR WITH A FLOYD ROSE TREMOLO SYSTEM??

I'm not a big specialist, Brandon, but first check if you
have an original Floyd Rose tremolo (only brand name guitars come equiped with originals that realy work).
Then you have to check the bolts of the vice on the top of your guitar and see to it that it holds the neck
very tight.
The tuning is done then solely by 6 bolts ( or 7 if you use an Vai Ibanez) on the opposite side, the little plastic ones on your tremolo (they might be on the upper side or just on the right side).
The thing you must check anyway are the 2 or 3 springs located on the back side of your guitar. Because they control the way your tremolo floats you can either replace them with stronger springs or just remove one of them, according to your likings.
I hope this helps you a bit.
Marius

Re: HOW DO YOU TUNE A GUITAR WITH A FLOYD ROSE TREMOLO SYSTEM??

you just have to keep tuning and tuning, and then tune some more...because everytime you adjust the tension of a string, the bridge moves...that is why once you get it in tune,,..tighten those bolts up by the headstock and hold it in tune...then there should be handturnable knobs on your bridge to fine tune any strings. The floyd roses are a pain to tune, but I find they stay in tune pretty good becuase they are bolted down.

Re: HOW DO YOU TUNE A GUITAR WITH A FLOYD ROSE TREMOLO SYSTEM??

I agree, it takes me about ten minutes to get the tuning right, using a tape I got with a book. I also pull on the strings, if it is a new set, to stretch them out a bit, as they stretch a bit when new. Once they are all at the right pitch, I tighten the nut, then tune some more.
You can alter the bridge fine tuning pegs to compensate for the increase in pitch you get when you tighten the nut bolts. Just make sure you leave the bridge pegs enogh room either way to tune in the future.

INSTALLING TREMOLO SISTEM

: I agree, it takes me about ten minutes to get the tuning right, using a tape I got with a book. I also pull on the strings, if it is a new set, to stretch them out a bit, as they stretch a bit when new. Once they are all at the right pitch, I tighten the nut, then tune some more.
: You can alter the bridge fine tuning pegs to compensate for the increase in pitch you get when you tighten the nut bolts. Just make sure you leave the bridge pegs enogh room either way to tune in the future.

Re: HOW DO YOU TUNE A GUITAR WITH A FLOYD ROSE TREMOLO SYSTEM??

This has given me problems for a while,thin I got it .
Tune the high E,B,G strings first,but tune them 1/2 or
Whole step up ( E=F,B=C, yada,yada).Tune the lower strings (D,A,E) normally.This will pull the trem.(floating) foward, bigger strings create more tension.
You'll find your higher strings close to original pitch.IMPORTANT:use only the fine tuners (bridge) to
finalize high string tuning.That should work.
Good Luck dude

Re: HOW DO YOU TUNE A GUITAR WITH A FLOYD ROSE TREMOLO SYSTEM??

Hello:
Soy de Bolivia y tengo problemas para calibrar mi guitarra Fender, tiene el sistema floyd rose y espero que ustedes me manden como calibro la guitarra.
porque despues de sacarle la cuerdas el floy rose se bajo y no pudo volver a tocar.
Espero su respuesta queridos amigos de fender
SERGIO

calibracion

hola : soy chileno y tengo una fender estratocaster y nunca he logrado calibrar yo mismo mi guitarra , me gustaria saber como puedo lograr una calibracion completa y que elementos debo utilizar
muchas gracias

Re: HOW DO YOU TUNE A GUITAR WITH A FLOYD ROSE TREMOLO SYSTEM??

I strongly recommend getting an electronic tuner. It still takes a long time to tune, but you can do it with your brain turned off.

Re: HOW DO YOU TUNE A GUITAR WITH A FLOYD ROSE TREMOLO SYSTEM??

Just in case anyone is still accessing this board, just wanted to clear some things up. The springs in the back of the instrument, that hold the trem to a certain tension are a constant. Their tension doesn't change unless you add or subtract springs. However, the claw that holds the strings is held to the wood of the body by a couple of screws. You need to experiment with turning those screws to "tighten" or "loosen" the springs. Otherwise, when you tune one string up, all the rest go flat. Tune the whole instrument so that it is in tune with itself. Then, get your hands on a tuner or something to check the pitch with. Check the A string. Adjust the tuning with the screws in the back (on the claw). DO NOT ADJUST THE TUNING PEGS OR FINE TUNERS!! Check tuning again. When the A string is in tune, and the guitar is still in tune with itself, then you can lock the nut down and make fine adjustments.

Re: HOW DO YOU TUNE A GUITAR WITH A FLOYD ROSE TREMOLO SYSTEM??

FUCK ALL OF YOU! SLAYER RULES!

Here's One Way....

Here is how I tune my Jackson with a floating floyd rose:

Here's One Way....

Here is how I tune my Jackson with a floating floyd rose: Firstly Make sure all your strings are in tune trust me it will save you trouble later. Remove the locknut if you havent already and remove the The low E (6th string). You will notice the tremolo will bottom out this is normal. Replace with new E string of the same gauge or else it will not work becuase the tension will be different. Tune to pitch. Next move on to A and follow the same procedure. After you finish a string move on to the next. You may need to do some fine adjustment to the tremolo springs but I havent because ever since I purchased the guitar I used this method. I strongly recomend using the same brand and gauge of strings that you currently have on becuase it will save you time. This job requires patience. Happy Restringing!!

What are the benefits Floyd Rose type tremolo system?

I really don't know what that means but my brother needs to know for his job so if you know please respond.
thanx
Danielle

Re: HOW DO YOU TUNE A GUITAR WITH A FLOYD ROSE TREMOLO SYSTEM??

I need some advice on how to keep my Floyd in tune. I play a six string Ibanez Strat style and i always play in a dropped d tuning,from Alice In Chains to Pantera,however being that they play in two different tuning stages I am constantly re-tuning my guitar.For instance with Cantrell he really doesn't hit the bar to hard and when he does it seems fine,but with Dimebag he divebombs and hits ridiculous pitches,how can I get the same affect as Dime without retuning the thing all the time? I'm using an Original Floyd Rose system for like 1990,I love that one better than the one that came on my new Ibanez.Where can I go with this?

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