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Strings for Floyd Rose

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cklein1118  
30 Dec 2008 11:58 | Quote
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I just bought an Ibanez rg470 and immediately began messing around with it so as to learn the ways of the Floyd Rose system. Well, as expected, I ended up breaking a few strings. Anyways, the guy I bought it from had Dean Markley Blue Steel strings on it and I have heard that you can't use certain types of strings with Floyd Rose systems, so my question is this: does anyone know exactly what the specifications are on this/which strings are usable and which are not? I usually use Ernie Ball because they're cheap and my local store has tons of 'em, so can I just continue to use these and just reset my new guitar to Ernie Ball strings?
foogered  
30 Dec 2008 12:07 | Quote
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REAL Floyd Rose guitars use special strings, but I've never heard of the Ibanez Floyd Rose systems being incompatible with any strings.

I have an S470 Deluxe and I put all kinds of strings on it with no trouble at all.
cklein1118  
30 Dec 2008 12:10 | Quote
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Awesome, that's good news. If I had to continue using this guy's old strings, I'd shoot myself. They feel so damn weird to me. :/

Thanks, Foogered.
mattmurray  
30 Dec 2008 14:03 | Quote
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You do not need special strings for a real floyd, a licensed one, or unlicensed. I have 2 RG Ibanez's and I regularly string floating bridges up at the music store I work in. You can put any set of 6 string electric guitar strings on a floyd, so long as you balance out the spring tension in back and the height of the bridge.
league  
30 Dec 2008 14:06 | Quote
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I use light gauge strings on my Floyd Rose and it sounds awesome!

I like old strings. I just changed the strings on my guitar. I hadnt changed them for over a year and I have to say GHS makes the best light gauge strings.


foogered  
30 Dec 2008 18:17 | Quote
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@ MattMurray

When I say REAL Floyd Rose guitar I mean a Floyd Rose GUITAR, not a guitar that uses a Floyd Rose bridge. The Floyd Rose guitars have no tuning-pegs on the head stock, so you need to purchase special strings for them. The strings have a metal piece on the end that sits in a saddle where the neck meets the headstock.


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