Author Topic: A Quick Guide To Setting Up A Double-Locking Floyd Rose Floating Tremolo  (Read 698 times)

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What you will need:

-Hex or Allen wrench (for the locking nut as well as the saddles if you are going to change the strings)
-Phillips head screwdriver (to adjust the spring claw to proper tension as well as one to remove the back cover of the tremolo)
-Flathead screwdriver if you need to adjust the action (where the bridge sits on the two screws that the knife edges rest on).
-The back cover of the tremolo cavity
-A polish cloth or a rag that won't scratch your finish
-A Guitar Tuner

Once you remove the back cover of the tremolo cavity adjust the spring claws so that the back of the tremolo is sagging into the recessed cavity. You want to lean the tremolo backwards into the cavity just enough for the next part. This will make sense later.

Next, place the rag on top of the body underneath the tremolo and over the recessed cavity and lay the back cover of the tremolo on top of it UNDERNEATH the sagging edge of the tremolo. As you probably guessed the rag is there to keep the back cover from scratching your finish. You want the tremolo to sit on top of the back cover so that it is COMPLETELY LEVELED.

Making sure the fine tuners on the bridge are about halfway and that the tremolo is leveled and not sagging backward or leaning forward you can begin to tune each string. If the tremolo is not held level and moves while you tune the guitar you will notice that when you make one string sharp the rest go FLAT. The reverse is true if you make one string flat, the rest will go SHARP. If you have the bridge level sitting on top of the back cover this will not be much of an issue as the bridge will not move much at all.

Once you have the strings tuned to whatever tuning you want lock the nut in place and remove the back cover of the tremolo cavity. What you want to happen is the bridge will once again begin sinking into the body and your strings will go sharp. Again, YOU WANT THIS TO HAPPEN. Now simply take the Phillips head screwdriver and begin turning the screws holding the spring claw to the left to reduce tension. Don't turn it too much, because the more tension on the springs the sharper your strings will go. The less tension the flatter. So while turning the screws about an 1/8th of a turn to a 1/4 of a turn periodically hit your low string to check if it is sharp. If it is loosen the screws at the spring claw until the desired pitch is reached. Do the same with the high string and your bridge should now be even and your low and high strings in tune. Now you may notice your other strings a bit sharp or flat. That is fine, all you have to do is simply use the fine tuners on the back of the bridge to tune the rest of the strings. Once you finish tuning the rest of the strings with the fine tuners...CONGRATULATIONS! Your double-locking Floyd Rose is now set up. Once you get used to doing this you should be able to do it in five to ten minutes, not fifteen to twenty. The important thing to remember is to keep the bridge stable in the position you want it to be at when it rests at "zero" and not let it move until the guitar is tuned and the locking nut locked into position.

This is only to set the tuning for the strings in the open position. You may have to adjust the intonation depending on how much you altered your tuning. You may also have to adjust the neck to get it straight as it will drastically effect your intonation if it has back bow or too much relief (you want the headstock to be just slightly pulled forward and have a slight bow to it to relieve tension on the neck). If you change string gauges adjusting your truss will be a must!
« Last Edit: March 30, 2016, 05:05:25 PM by SadisticKeith »


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