guitarists with big hair
guitars with insanely thin necks
and insanely big frets
and the one device that changed everything- the Floyd Rose tremolo
replacing the nut with a locking nut
designing the tremolo so it had fine tuners behind the string clamps
all those ball ends being chopped off the ends of strings all over the world
the one guitarist that spun my head around
Eddie Van Halen
a new term came into the guitarists lexicon - the dive bomb
you could release the tension on the strings to the point of them being
completely loose. bring it back up and the guitar would be in tune.
when i first got a guitar equipped with a Floyd Rose tremolo, i cranked up the distortion, plucked harmonics all around the pickup area and dive bombed - for hours. until the neighbors called the relevant authorities
check the video for a demonstation
not only could you bend down, guitars began to be routed with a recess so you could bend up. great news for string manufacturers all over the world. my preference was breaking the high E string. one time i went through four in a day. brutal
click below for a detailed schematic
Floyd Rose schematic
the Floyd rose company
click here for an article about Floyd Rose
click here for an article about the company
there is a lot to look at on the Floyd Rose site, so why not have a look around?
the amazing thing about this device is that not only has it been extended to 7 and 8 string guitars, there are models made from different materials and spring blocks made from brass to tungsten.
what i love is that Floyd has never stopped. He has refined the device constantly since it's conception
plus have a look at the new FRX tremolo, as discussed in the previous post bridge 1