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13 Nov 2008 16:05 | Quote
Joined: 06 Aug 2008
hey guys, recently i purchased a schecter c1 fr guitar
and it came with an amazing floyd rose
it was tuned to standard E, but the strings that came on it, were
ernie ball strings gauges .13 - .56
anyway, i REALLY, dislike these strings,and frequently used ELIXIR .10 - .46 strings on my fender guitars
i wanted to know, how exactly do i change the gauge of my guitar to fit the new strings i want to put?
i dont want to damage my guitar, any advice?
13 Nov 2008 18:41 | Quote
Joined: 04 Feb 2008
United States
Karma: 2
string change is essential, and you need to know how to do it properly. as long as you own a guitar, floyd rose or not. youll want to loosen the tension a little bit on the lighter strings, but i dont recommen you do this on your own.

if you have a local neighborhood guitar shop, or even a guitar center and see if they can give you a little lesson on how to set up and balance a floyd rose. i learned how to do mine after MANY painstaking hours, and MANY sets of strings. i guarantee that the first times you try to do it on your own, your gonna break a lot of G and e strings. get shown how to do it properly, then make sure you pick up some extra singles.

eventually, the best bet for a floyd rose is just to buy rolls of strings at your gauge preference. since floyd rose's dont require balls to hold the strings, its a lot more efficient and cheaper in the long run.
17 Nov 2008 21:34 | Quote
Joined: 15 May 2008
United States
Karma: 1
since you say you use .10 gauge strings, make sure that there are only 3 springs in the back. any more than 3 springs will cause more tensions to your floyd rose bridge and make it sink into the body more while playing, giving it more opportunity to go out of tune. if the floyd rose bridge if floating (meaning you can pull up on the bar) then when you change strings, place a piece of small wood under the bridge to avoid it from going back into the body. if you bridge is not floating, use a piece of silverware: spoon or butter knife, to hold the bridge up while taking off the strings and putting on new ones. when you finally do put the new strings on, before tuning, keep the piece of silverware under the bridge to avoid it from sinking into the body and causing more tension that could break the strings... then tune to standard and the piece of silverware should easily slide from under the bridge.

this video is really good ...
18 Nov 2008 07:46 | Quote
Joined: 04 Feb 2008
United States
Karma: 2
ill admit i tried sticking stuff to keep the bridge from sinking, but you can have !BAD! side effects from that. ive seen people permanently damage their bridge and guitar from sticking **** inside to keep the balance correct. it can be an accidental thing, but it can put to much tension at the wrong times or not enough. you need the tension to properly adjust it. once your strings are stretched a little, you just need to watch the tension of every single string, while keeping an eye on the bridge.

once you know what your doing, you should only have to adjust the tension with a screw driver and your tuners. and not your microtuners, i only use those after i lock the nut. i always keep them midrange until i do that.

and, i agree it does make a difference how many springs you use.

all in all, to get mine properly balanced with a new set of strings, it probably takes me about 30 to 40 minutes.

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