How to Change Strings on a Floyd Rose
From your Guitar Guide
Changing strings on a guitar with a Floyd Rose bridge can be a major ordeal, but the following instructions should help things go smoothly.
- Reset all fine tuning screws located on the bridge to a middle position.
- Remove the sixth string from your guitar. To do this, loosen the 'string-lock screw' located at the back side of your bridge using an allen key. The string-lock screws are the screws that run parallel to the body of your guitar.
- After several counter-clockwise turns, the string should pop free from the bridge.
- Using an allen key, loosen the 'nut clamping block' (the part of the guitar where the neck meets the headstock) that covers the sixth and fifth string.
- Once the nut clamping block is loosened, you should be able to extract the string from the guitar.
- Now, take your replacement string, and using wire cutters, clip off the ball at the bottom end of the string.
- Put the freshly clipped end of the string into the saddle of the bridge. Examine the other strings to see where exactly the new string should go.
- Push the string down into the saddle as far as possible. You may have to further loosen the string-lock screw.
- Using your allen key, gently but firmly tighten the string-lock screw to hold the string in place (be careful not to over-tighten!) Be sure the string stays secure in the saddle while doing this.
- Feed the string under the loosened nut clamping bolt, and under the 'string retainer' (the bar on the headstock that runs parallel to the nut).
- Feed the string through the tuning peg, leaving some slack in the string. The string should wrap several times around the peg.
- Bring the guitar into approximate tune. Cut away excess string.
- Repeat the above steps for each of the remaining five strings. You may need to repeatedly re-tune the guitar.
- When all six strings have been changed, tune the guitar as precisely as possible, then tighten the nut clamping bolts. If tuning changes, re-tune using the fine tuning screws.
- Getting the guitar in tune can be a problem initially. Be patient, and keep re-tuning the guitar.
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