Monumental pain in the arse

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  1. Sparky2

    Sparky2 Friend of Leo's

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    I just finished cleaning up, restringing, and polishing my brother's pointy HSH Ibanez.

    It's a beautiful guitar, and he's my brother, so I love him.

    But GOD do I hate dealing with a Floyd Rose Trem system!

    You need three hands, a screw driver, allen wrenches, diagonal cutting pliers, and a strong collection of curse words guaranteed to make a Sailor blush.

    Worst of all, he loves 0.08 to 0.38's on his guitars, so I had that added a$$-pain.
    (And my vision isn't the best, so I had my strongest prescription reading glasses on, two flashlights, and a huge lighted magnifying glass.)

    Never again, I swear.

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    That’s pretty; from a safe distance.
     
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    Have you tired blocking it before you do a string change?
     
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    1st world problems.

    Wah cry hanging out with my bro and his crazy skinny strings. He's your bro so complain at him a lot since he gets the family discount, lol. A brutal weekend no doubt. You're making memories for you and him and that is an absolutely beautiful axe. You will cherish every single musical memory you ever had with your brother so pipe down and quit taking it for granted now you hear? I could never have enough music memories with my brother there is always room for more and we've played some real winnah's together lemme tell you.






    ....I hear you about the floyd though.

    LOL
     
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    Not hard to set up floyds.....
    There are worse things...like Bigsbys....
     
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    I'm with ya Sparks. Did my son's Jackson a while back. Frets, clean up, re-string etc. Never again I hope.
     
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    Floyd’s aren’t bad after the first hundred or so string changes ;)
     
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    That's the least of the issue, quite honestly.

    It's those little blocks/chocks that hold the cut-end string in there.
    Just tedious, trying to hold the string in the center of the groove, and deep enough, while tightening the butt-end Allen screw.
    While pulling the trem up, to allow room for the tightening.

    I'm sure there are people out there who loves them some Floyd Rose, and making wonderful music with them.

    They can HAVE it.

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    What's the screwdriver for? I've not had a guitar with double locking Floyd for years, but don't recall needing a screwdriver to change strings.
     
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    They are tedious for sure. I enjoy the process though. I’ve only had one really test me in over 30 years setting them up. On a desert yellow Ibanez RG my wife surprised me with for Christmas a while back. I call that guitar stubborn sunshine. It’s beautiful but very ornery.
     
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    I know, I know.

    I do love my brother, and I am blessed to be in a band with him.
    We have made some amazing music together over a very long period of time.

    But I am going out of the string-changing business from here on out.

    ;)
     
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    My brother didn't have the trem arm on it.

    I used a phillips-head screwdriver (inserted into the trem arm slot) to tug the trem up to the proper position during the loosening and later tightening of the little string blocks.

    :confused:
     
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    Not a set up, just restringing.
     
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    Oh I see. Yes, that is a pain. There must be an easier way!
     
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    I guess you've done the "one string at a time" method. The other one is take all of them off, put all of them back on and THEN block the bridge before you tighten the strings. You get the bridge where it was before you took off the strings and then just tighten them up. I mean, you still have to stretch them and there's some fiddling but it usually goes pretty quick. Then remove the block and you're pretty much there.
     
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    Sheer genius.
     
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    Extra light gauge strings to boot. Is he playing guitar or cutting the cheese?
     
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    Just say no to Floyd Rose! .... He was obviously a Foreign Agent trying to destroy music in the Free World!
     
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    Years ago, in the early 1990’s, I got a job running a small guitar shop in northern British Columbia.
    I set up many Floyd equipped guitars.
    I cursed them at first because they are indeed a PITA to set up, compared to almost anything else.
    It suddenly dawned on me that these guitars were actually helping me pay my mortgage.
    Like with almost everything else, once you’ve done something a few times, it gets easier.
    Good on ya’ for helping your brother out!
     
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    8-38’s!

    Hope he doesn’t like to pull up on that bar or your gonna be seeing it again soon
     
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