In this “bonus” post I will be discussing some issues that might arise when you’re working with your Floyd guitar. I’ll also be discussing some tips & tricks that might help you along the way.
Are your springs making noise?
Cover them up! Put something between the springs and the back hatch (cover) to prevent the springs from making noise. The previous owner had put some rolled up paper, which works great. You do not want to put something that would prevent the springs from extending or something that would stick to the springs or the hatch.
Are your switches or pots making unwanted noise?
A temporary fix to this is using something called “Contact spray”, or “Electrical Spray”. Spray it directly into the switch, or directly into the pots (from the outside NOT the inside). You do NOT want to spray it from the inside.
This can fix crackling noises, tone degradation and also sudden signal breaks.
Before you do this, do a Google search on your specific guitar and also educate yourself about “Contact Spray”. And as always, do not overdo it. Also know that this is only a temporary solution.
Not happy with your whammy bar?
There can be a couple of problems if you’re unhappy with your whammy bar. First of all, something can be wrong with the bridge. The hole in which the whammy bar goes can be worn out, and the screw that keeps it all together can be worn out (not common).
But an easy thing to do is changing out the bushings, this might be the solution to your problem. The bushings, or “Torque Bushings” as they are also called, are the little white plastic things attached to your whammy bar. These are different on different guitars, but this is how the look on Ibanez Guitars, especially the ones from the 80’s and 90’s. Changing these badboys will tighten up your whammy bar and that little “gap” you might have felt before will be gone.
Might be the most frustrating thing you can do with your Floyd Rose guitar. You can spend countless of hours trying to get that one string to be in perfect intonation and still fail. I noticed that my A string was actually really badly intonated when I changed my strings. Before you do this, read up on the subject. This will help you understand what you’re actually doing.
The way to fix this is not pretty and takes A LOT of patience. Remember to take small steps every time to assure you’re not missing that perfect spot.
Step by step
1. Figure out if your string is too high or too low in pitch by using a tuner
2. You can do this by tuning your third fret to a perfect pitch, then check the pitch of the 15th fret. They should be almost identical, but if they are not, you need to fix the intonation of that string.
3. Once you’ve figured out if its too high or too low, tune down all the strings. This makes the guitar easier to work with.
4. Tune down the specific string even more. Once you’ve done that, it’s time to loosen the bridge saddle for that specific string.
5. If your string was too high, you need to move the saddle closer to the head. If your string was too low, you need to move it away from the head.
6. Repeat this until the string is intonated. You need to tune up your guitar for every check…
I will not be doing any neck adjustments in this guide. But I will discuss it briefly.
If you suspect your neck is warped or crooked you can check it a couple of ways. First way is to look at your guitar from the bridge point of view. Does it look flat or warped? Might be hard to see this if it’s just a slight warp, but if it’s a major warp you will see it.
Are frets buzzing even if you haven’t changed your springs or bridge? Your neck might be warped. If your 1-3 frets are touching even when your not playing then your guitar might have responded badly to your string change.
I strongly recommend doing research on the subject before you adjust your neck. Consult with your local music store or just let them do it.
IF you attempt to do it yourself, remember to take SMALL steps.
You need an allen wrench (hex key) and unless you dont have a cover (like Fender) you need a screwdriver.
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