Hello I used to post here a long time ago as "Mechanix", and at the time the boards were full of errors , bugs and stuff so I lost interest in coming here I guess:( What I want to know is,, if anyone could tell me how to set up a guitar with floyd rose properly? I know how to change the strings and all, but I don't know how to adjust the action (REALLY high) or intonate or anythign...
No, do NOT touch the truss rod, unless theres a bad curve on the neck. it has to be a lil toward the strings.
you have to adjust the screws on the base of the floyd (theres two screws)
make sure your bridge is parallel to the body, adjust that with the springs in the back cavity (theres two screws there)
The 2 pivot bolts at the base (the 2 larger ones between the trem and the bridge p/u). They should have allen heads, but Ive seen some with Philips heads too. Turn them clockwise to lower the action, and counterclockwise to raise. Youll have to most likely raise it back up at some point due to fretbuzz *flex*......but thats how ya do it.
holy crap I didn't think it would be done that fast!
thank you so much!
Do you have any tips on how to stretch the strings properly so it doesn't go out of tune all the time at first like usual?
i usually lock the nut, fret a string on the 8th and put my picking hand's thumb on the twelfth and give it a couple o' good bends. do that one string at a time, then unlock, re-tune, re-lock again and do some 00ber dives/reverse dives (assuming your guitar has a recessed trem cavity) and check the tuning. of course, it'll take some tweaking, but mine rarely goes out of tune anymore.
can't help you there buddy. my intonation has never been really out there to begin with, so i've never worried about it. i've always heard that if you don't know what you're doing with it then it's best to take it to a shop and get that set up, seeing as how you have to jack around with the saddles and everything (tried it once a few years ago...i failed miserably)
[note - before intonating your bridge you must be in tune]
Check the intonation:
Step 1: Tune all the strings on your guitar to an electronic tuner with all the nut clamps released.
Step 2: Determine if the intonation of the string you wish to change is sharp or flat by chiming the string directly over the 12th and checking the tuning. Then, carefully press the string down to the 12th fret and check the tuning again with the string fretted. If the fretted note is flat when compared to the chimed note, then the saddle must be moved toward the nut until the chimed note and the fretted note match. If the fretted note is sharp when compared to the chimed note the saddle must be moved away from the nut until the chimed and fretted notes match.
To move the saddle:
Step 1: Once you have determined which direction (toward or away from the nut) to move the saddle, loosen the string until it is limp.
Step 2: Loosen the attachment screw holding the saddle to the bridge plate while holding the saddle in place. Move the saddle in the desired direction a small amount (about 1/16in on the first adjustment and your best guess on subsequent adjustments) and re-tighten the screw. [Note: If the saddle will not move forward because it is resting against the attachment screw, you can move the screw to the next hole forward on the bridge plate. This will give you more adjustment range. Also, if you need to move the saddle away from the nut to a position where the attachment screw can no longer clamp the saddle firmly, you can move the screw to the next hole back on the bridge plate.]
Step 3: Re-tune the string and check the intonation again using the procedure outlined above (check the intonation).
Step 4: Repeat this cycle until each string is properly intonated. When you’re finished with the intonation procedure re-tighten the nut clamps. This will not change your intonation setting. -------------------------------------------- If you have any questions, Ill reply with specifics as time allows.