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    To Floyd or not to Floyd?

    Hi guys, I have already purchased a Gotoh tremolo (Floyd Rose), but after I bought it, I decided against it because of how easy it is to work on a Fender tremolo. So, now my mom is pissed at me because I decided against it (I spent like $200 on it), but she doens't understand why I don't use it.
    But as of right now I am on the fence about it, I figured I would ask you guitar guys about it. So what do you think?

    Oh, and I hate the locking nuts so I will be using locking tuners either way I go.


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    Just a tremelo
    everywhere you go
    attached to the guitar
    you're playing

    makin' each note dive,
    man this ain't no jive,
    these locking nuts are not
    obeyin'

    There will come a day
    when you'll just have to say,
    "it won't keep this axe
    in tune"

    When the Fender you know
    is the easier tremelo,
    Return the Floyd Rose soon...

    cos...

    You ain't got no mo-o-ney.....!

    (apologies: can't sleep - stuff on my mind, got a little silly...carry on with your serious conversation gents...)
    remember....after the fire, after all the rain
    i will be the flame.....

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    Starving Guitarguy
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    There are some pros and cons with a Floyd.
    If you use it:
    They have to be installed perfectly.
    You will need a locking nut. Using tuners will make it go outta tune like a bitch.
    You have to know a little about em.
    You have to maintain it.
    You have to have it set up right.
    Most guys I know that hated em just didn't have em set up correctly.
    After I show em what they're all about, they love em.
    If your into divebombin, a set up Floyd will outlast, tuning wize, a Fender trem.
    I love the fuckers.

    (note to self. Keep Ravenna up all night. She gets goofy)
    Last edited by Ron4406; May 2nd, 2008 at 06:10 AM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by A.J. MASSEY View Post
    Hi guys, I have already purchased a Gotoh tremolo (Floyd Rose), but after I bought it, I decided against it because of how easy it is to work on a Fender tremolo. So, now my mom is pissed at me because I decided against it (I spent like $200 on it), but she doens't understand why I don't use it.
    But as of right now I am on the fence about it, I figured I would ask you guitar guys about it. So what do you think?

    Oh, and I hate the locking nuts so I will be using locking tuners either way I go.

    Well, I love Floyd tremolo types! Just amazing toy!
    Its a little difficult to install and tune, but if you do this right, it become
    a great thing to use.
    Deco.
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    I love mine, but it's difficult... it's a love-hate relationship sometimes.
    Ready, Eddie!

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    Ron is right ... everyone I've ever heard complain about Floyds simply didn't know how to install or set them up properly.

    If you do decide to go with the Floyd, I strongly suggest having a pro install it for you with the locking nut.
    Last edited by Dino; May 2nd, 2008 at 10:07 AM.

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    My mom was the same way, AJ.

    Instead of, "Have you finished your homework?!" i always got the irritating, "Have you installed your Floyd Rose, yet!!?"

    Anyhoooooo....

    FR is too much of a headache to deal with.
    Half the time your looking for your tiny wrenches & whatnot.
    Plus, it feels weird when you palm mute & it makes your tone sort of high end & metallic.

    Truthfully, i don't even use my Fender bar, i just pull it off my strats.
    But my style is geared more towords finger & wrist vibrato.

    One guy that really expresses well with the bar is David Gilmour.
    Does he use a Floyd or a standard Fender one?

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    Quote Originally Posted by unchainedguitars View Post
    My mom was the same way, AJ.

    Instead of, "Have you finished your homework?!" i always got the irritating, "Have you installed your Floyd Rose, yet!!?"

    Anyhoooooo....

    FR is too much of a headache to deal with.
    Half the time your looking for your tiny wrenches & whatnot.
    Plus, it feels weird when you palm mute & it makes your tone sort of high end & metallic.

    Truthfully, i don't even use my Fender bar, i just pull it off my strats.
    But my style is geared more towords finger & wrist vibrato.

    One guy that really expresses well with the bar is David Gilmour.
    Does he use a Floyd or a standard Fender one?
    Of course I am going to have a pro put it in.

    David Gilmour used both I believe. I don't think Gilmour ever used a Floyd, except maybe in the 80's when everybody used Floyds.

    I was thinking since I don't like (freaking hate) floating trems, that the Floyd would be 10X easier to balance and work with.


    "The needs of the many, outweigh the needs of the few, or the one" - Spock

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    Yabba Dabba Doo!
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    Quote Originally Posted by A.J. MASSEY View Post
    I was thinking since I don't like (freaking hate) floating trems, that the Floyd would be 10X easier to balance and work with.
    "Floating" or "non-floating" has nothing to do with the trem itself ...
    It's all in how it's set up.

 

 

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