What are the benefits and drawbacks of the Floyd Rose SpeedLoader tremolo system?

Asked by: Rob Mosqueda

What are the benefits of a Floyd Rose bridge?

The main advantage of the Floyd Rose vibrato system is its double-locking design. This makes the guitar stay in tune through large pitch changes, e.g., forcing the vibrato bar all the way down to the guitar body, or pulling up on the bar to raise the tone by as much as a fifth or a seventh.

Are Floyd Rose tremolos worth it?

They don’t need anything more than simple vibrato, but the extra insurance when it comes to tuning stability is worth it. Bottom line: If you intend to use the tremolo bridge a great deal in your style of play, you should seriously consider a guitar with a Floyd Rose.

What is a SpeedLoader guitar?

Floyd Rose SpeedLoader is a floating guitar bridge based on the Floyd Rose Original. In development since 1991, it was introduced to the public in 2003.

What is the difference between Floyd Rose and tremolo?

A Floyd Rose looks similar to a standard tremolo, but they feel completely different to play. A standard tremolo will go out-of-tune far sooner than a Floyd Rose when you use your whammy bar.

Is a Floyd Rose good for beginners?

if you spend some time when you first get it, and learn about it, it’s actually a very good idea. once you have it in tune it stays that way, you can do some pretty wild whammy stuff, and it doesn’t require that you change your picking as some people say.

Does Floyd Rose affect tone?

No, people don’t put Floyd Rose’s to improve their tone… FR’s are used by guitarists to change the pitch of notes to get different sounds (vibrato, divebombs etc.) and with the FR’s locking system the strings are kept in tune. A Floyd Rose can affect sustain but it’s probably not very noticeable.

What is the difference between a Floyd Rose and a Floyd Rose Special?

Both feature almost identical design elements, however, the Floyd Rose Special utilizes zinc alloy in its construction, whereas the original uses classic steel saddles and a brass sustain block. It’s also worth mentioning that the Specials are made in Korea, while the Originals are made in Germany.

How can I make my Floyd Rose Special better?

Stay where you put it it'll always swing down back and forth sometimes. That can create extra vibration in the guitar. Which will lead to extra string noise now there's a lot of weird little fixes.

How can you tell if a Floyd Rose is real?

How to tell: An authentic system will have our logo on the top of the base plate. In addition, German-made systems have a stamp on the bottom stating “Made in Germany”. The Special and 1000 Series will not have a stamp, but can be identified by the logo on top of the system.

Do you need locking tuners with a Floyd Rose?

Do you need lock tuners on a floyd rose guitar? no. Just string install the strings with the ball end at the tuner. It saves more time than locking tuners.

Why does my Floyd Rose go out of tune?

1) Your most likely issue is the guitar’s setup itself. So before you assume it’s the bridge, have the intonation, neck angle, etc checked. If that’s off, the bridge won’t function correctly. 2) The setup of the Floyd itself has 2 critical issues.

How long does it take to tune a Floyd Rose?

To fine tune it only takes me about 2-3 minutes. you stay in drop d), and you will need to adjust the spring tension in the back cavity.

Are Floyd roses hard to maintain?

you’ll find it pretty easy. But it’s not a quick process. there ok to be honest, changing strings on them is really simple really. tuning them can sometimes be a pain cus of the fine tuning at the bottom.

Are Floyd Roses difficult?

A floyd rose is hard at first, but after trial and error, you get better at it. And if you don’t like the floyd rose, you can easily block it and turn it into a hardtail. I have the seven string version of the guitar your looking at. I would highly recomend it.