As all of you know I recently purchased an old Ibanez RG565 equipped with a floating tremolo system (Edge, based on Floyd Rose). A great guitar, but the day of rejuvenation has come.
In this huge guide I will take you through the many steps you need to take when you’re taking care of your guitar. This guide can be used with almost any guitar, even if doesn’t have a floating bridge.
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Note that the methods I use are MY preferred methods and the way I have been successfully fixing and restringing Floyd Rose guitars for 10 years, both professionally and privately. There is no perfect way to do this, but my way has resulted in many perfectly set up Floyd Rose guitars that never fail to perform.
The picture below includes every tool and gadget I will be using in this guide (except the cutters). Note that you will probably not need ALL of these items. This is just for this guitar and for this one time situation. I will explain their usage when the time comes. It’s also good to lay the guitar down on a table and put some kind of support on the head/neck. This will make it easier when you’re working on it and it will also prevent some frustration that comes from having the guitar in your lap.
There are many factors that matter when changing strings on a Floyd Rose guitar.
Are you changing your strings?
-If you’re changing to the exact same model you were using before, then it’s pretty straight forward
-If you’re planning on changing your string gauge, make or changing the string type, you might run into some trouble.
The bridge will react differently to different string gauges, makes and types. If your guitar is perfectly set up right now and you change to either a thicker or thinner gauge, then your bridge will either be pulled up or pulled back. If you’re unlucky you might even have to adjust the neck. I’m praying I won’t have to do this in this guide, haha. In some cases you might also have to adjust the intonation.
As you can see on my picture, the strings are pulling the bridge a little bit too far for my taste. This is easily fixed by adjusting the springs on the back of the guitar. I will cover that in a later post. I will also change to a lighter string gauge, so I’m hoping the problem will resolve itself.
That’s pretty much it for the preparations. In the next post I will be removing the strings and setting the guitar up for cleaning.