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  • Is this normal for a Floyd Rose?

    First time with a Floyd equipped guitar and I quite like it but I have a strange issue that could be normal. Probably doesn't matter but the guitar is a new Charvel San Dimas.

    My issue is with tuning. I noticed that the guitar was swinging around in tune. In some trial and error I realized that it's generally when I change playing position. I may lean back in my chair and the guitar is more on it's back and it goes about a quarter step sharp. If I tilt the guitar in the other direction it goes about a quarter step flat but returning back to normal playing position it's back in tune. I'm guessing it's the weight of the floyd rose adding some tension (or not) based on playing position. Is there anyway to combat it? I'm planning to install one of those ESP Arming Adjusters to solve the bend issue and was thinking that with adding some more tension to the bridge it may help it not wobble around so much in tune when I move around.

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    Re: Is this normal for a Floyd Rose?

    Yeah it's normal, a is generally less of a problem with heavier strings. An arming adjuster will mitigate the problem.
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    • #3
      Re: Is this normal for a Floyd Rose?

      Too bad.

      I got a stoptail Epiphone, and if I lean towards, or back - even do the "Bill Frisell" neck bend- it has a beautiful vibrato.

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      • #4
        Re: Is this normal for a Floyd Rose?

        Quarter step is a lot. Mine doesn't do that, but I've got 11s on it. What gauge strings are you using?
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        • #5
          Re: Is this normal for a Floyd Rose?

          Originally posted by GuitarStv View Post
          Quarter step is a lot. Mine doesn't do that, but I've got 11s on it. What gauge strings are you using?
          Currently using 9s. I usually play 11s but wanted to try something lighter with this guitar so I'm going back to 10s.

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          • #6
            Re: Is this normal for a Floyd Rose?

            A quarter step? No that isn't normal at all. With that much happening, you should be able to see what is moving when you hold it in different positions in front of you. My guess is that would never make it past the prototype stage if that was a 'feature' of Floyds.
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            • #7
              Re: Is this normal for a Floyd Rose?

              Originally posted by Mincer View Post
              A quarter step? No that isn't normal at all. With that much happening, you should be able to see what is moving when you hold it in different positions in front of you. My guess is that would never make it past the prototype stage if that was a 'feature' of Floyds.
              I'd believe it. 9s only exert 90 lbs of tension at the very most. I play 11s and flipping the guitar will knock the bridge out of tune a noticeable amount and that's with 120 lbs from the strings.
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              • #8
                Re: Is this normal for a Floyd Rose?

                It depends...I have a "custom" sustain block in one, its a huge slab o' brass. It really is sensitive to position due to its weight. Soft/few strings, light strings, heavy block - I'd say plausible. You sure about that quarter note? Or is it just audibly shifting pitch? The latter is perfectly normal, the former indeed sounds a bit much with factory setup and parts.

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                • #9
                  Re: Is this normal for a Floyd Rose?

                  OK, so I got curious and ran a little test for ya with the guitar that has the heftiest block in it. Firt pic is playing position, secon is flat in my lap, strings facing the ceiling and the third is strings facing the floor:

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                  All in all what you're experiencing is normal, but not sure about the extent. I have a heavy core 10-46 set, which means more tension, but I also have a huge brass block, the stuff pictured here are the two most extreme cases Again, are you sure about the quarter step? Isn't it rather a quarter of a HALF step?
                  Last edited by nexion218; 05-11-2020, 09:07 AM.

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                  • #10
                    Re: Is this normal for a Floyd Rose?

                    I think a bit of variation is to be expected, especially with .09s and a heavy block.
                    But if it's going halfway to F, there may indeed be something wrong.

                    I've used .010s on my old Floydcasters (a '79 and an '80) for forty years and never noticed any problems.
                    Then again, I rarely played while lying on my back. And when I did I wasn't paying much attention to the tuning.
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                    • #11
                      Re: Is this normal for a Floyd Rose?

                      Originally posted by eclecticsynergy View Post
                      Then again, I rarely played while lying on my back. And when I did I wasn't paying much attention to the tuning.
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