Cheap Floyd Problems.

Discussion in 'Beginners/FAQ' started by SlamLiguez, Aug 12, 2018.

Wat do?

  1. Sell it.

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  2. Keep it.

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  1. SlamLiguez

    SlamLiguez Voidist.

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    A haiku.

    Wanted a Kelly
    Floyd Rose caused many problems
    Now, I want to sell.

    Dealing with this cheaply made FR has left a bad taste in my mouth.
    First attempt at a setup, I stripped a locking nut screw. Fine, order some cheapo saddles and wait two weeks.
    Boom. Watch Deadpool 2, swap saddles, toss on some NYXLs only to find the saddles are WAYYYY taller than the old ones.
    ... Fine?
    While adjusting the action, the BASEPLATE SCREW strips! Now I need a new mounting screw AND saddles. All this time and effort and I don't have a guitar that plays like butter. Should I really keep trying? What would you do selly the kelly and trick out an older seven string, get another new guitar entirely, or try to salvage this annoying f'n fr?
     
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    noise in my mind SS.org Regular

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    You get what you pay for.
     
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    MaxOfMetal Likes trem wankery. Super Moderator

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    Band-aiding cheap bridges like this is a dead end, as you've discovered.

    Just drop a whole new unit in if you like the guitar enough. You don't have to spend a lot, a decent FR Special is only ~$80, and an awesome Gotoh 1996T is only ~$100.
     
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    SlamLiguez Voidist.

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    Alright, alright
    I'll post an NGD when I get it all set up, whenever that may be
     
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    cardinal Strat 7 Guy

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    The FR Special to me seems like a pretty nice trem and it’s too expensive.

    The really cheap Floyd copies are just awful all around as you’ve found. Soft materials everywhere. Saddles are inconsistent heights.
     
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    Shask SS.org Regular

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    I definitely agree with this. It will probably be a nice guitar once you get a quality trem in it.
     
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    Shask SS.org Regular

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    Actually, you have me wanting a Gotoh 1996T, lol. I have an Ibanez RG5EX1 that is a pretty nice guitar other than the Edge III that is on there. I have it locked down like a wannabe MT model, but always think about putting the Gotoh on there to make the trem usable.
     
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    I ordered one of these specials, I had no idea they offered the variety of finishes like antique, I rarely ever see it here, I'll DEFINITELY avoid OFRs from now on. Might try my hand at swapping the bridge myself, but with MY luck...:noplease:
    Probably posting another thread when it gets here detailing my arduous, perilous, and frankly annoying journey, stay tuned:metal:
     

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    vilk Very Regular

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    I thought that OFR is the standard model? By standard I mean that it's more expensive and better quality. I'm pretty sure an OFR costs more than a Floyd Rose Special... it wasn't an OFR that you're referring to as the "cheap" floyd that was causing you problems, right?
     
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    LFR* my bad lmao
     
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    bostjan MicroMetal Contributor

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    Funny how cheap metal parts suck so hard. I've had my fair share of headaches with cheap hardware as well, not just floyds, but lots of drum hardware, some hardtail bridges, etc. Luckily, most nice aftermarket floyds are drop-in replacements for most of the cheap ones. Unluckily, they are also fairly expensive. If the neck and everything else on your guitar is good, though, it's worth the cost.
     
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    BOOM.
    New Floyd came in, swapped them out and I finally have a set up and playable instrument. Belated NGD coming soon.
    (when I can get good pics)
    Thanks guys
     
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    Yeah the LFR on my MIJ Dinky went to complete shit after 2 years or so. It's been blocked for the last decade. Can't really justify the cost of replacing it here though.
     
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    777timesgod Stop reading this...I said stop!

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    I have heard of people owning licensed floyds and being ok with them but the general opinion is that they just got lucky. An exception being when the Floyd is licensed because a respected manufacturer made the copy, in which case you basically buy their version of the Floyd but with a relatively equal quality sometimes.
     
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    The new bridge is fine, but now I can't pull up without the high E choking on the 24th fret. I can see that the neck is higher at the base on the treble side, so should I just file down the last fret or sand the neck?
     
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    You can see if there's a shim in the neck pocket on the treble side or if not you can shim the bass to make it even. Easier than sanding the neck or filing the fret.
     

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