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Guitar Maintenance: Floyd Rose Tremolo String Tuning

  1. Loosen the three string clamps at the nut (three bolts at the top of the neck, near the headstock) and set your fine tuner screws (2) on the bridge to the middle of their adjustment range.
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  2. Tune the strings to the correct pitch with an electronic tuner starting with the low E.

  3. When you have finished tuning all of the strings, check the tuning on the low E again. If the low E is now flat, re-tune the strings starting again with the low E but this time tune the E, A, D, G, and B strings a little bit sharp, then the high E to pitch. If the low E is sharp then do the opposite.

  4. When the strings are at the desired pitch - check to see if the tremolo base plate is sitting parallel with the top surface of the guitar. If the tremolo base plate is tilted forward away from the body, you must tighten the tremolo springs tension by tightening the screws behind the plastic plate on the reverse of the guitar's body (these are called the spring claw screws and the plate will need removing for this) and then repeat step 3. If the tremolo base plate is tilted back toward the body, you must loosen the tremolo springs tension by turning the spring claw screws counter clockwise and repeat step 3.

  5. When the tremolo base plate is sitting parallel to the face of the guitar and the strings are tuned to the desired pitch, tighten the three nut bolts located at the top of the neck near the headstock and re-tune (if necessary) once again using only the fine tuners. When tuning is complete, check the action of the strings off the neck. If your action is to high or too low, adjust the action with the two rocker screws (bridge pivot screws) using an Allen wrench. This adjustment will change your tuning. If your fine tuners run out of range and you cannot tune your guitar with them then you must repeat steps 1-4.

Dislcaimer: These are instructional articles only and should be carried out only by someone with a superb knowledge of their instrument. Gear4music is not responsible for any damage inflicted by following these guidelines.

Posted on 20 Mar 2009 09:00 to category : Tips and advice

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