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Table of contents:
Tools you'll need: 2:20
Understanding your Floyd Rose tremolo: 3:15
Understanding tremolo angle: 7:40
Tuning your guitar DOWN or going to a lighter gauge of strings: 10:25
-front blocking a tremolo: 10:58
-changing the tuning down: 13:28
-the crazy weird secret trick to rule all other tremolo tuning tricks!!!!: 16:09
How to tune UP, or go to a heavier gauge of strings: 19:40
-back blocking a tremolo: 21:00
-tuning UP: 23:00
-the best tremolo trick you'll ever use for setting your guitar up: 24:00
Afterthoughts and the effects of changing tunings and string gauges on your floating trem guitar: 26:35
-intonation : 26:49
-truss rod: 27:09
-adding an additional spring: 28:14
Suckamaniacs!!!! Uncle Ben Eller here is back with a brand new installment of This Is Why You Suck at Guitar! I get dozens of emails and telepathic dream messages every week from fans all over the world who are in a world of pain from trying to change tunings and string gauges on their Floyd Rose /Ibanez Edge / Lo Pro Edge tremolos... and i can't blame them! I remember the first floating bridge guitar i ever messed with, it was my brother's Ibanez EX Series... i was trying to tune down a half step to play along to the Metallica Load and Reload records (.... yeah.), and i just couldn't figure it out! By the time i got the low strings tuned down, the high strings were WAY sharp, then when i tuned them down, the low strings had jumped up to standard pitch again... what a nightmare. I actually sold my soul to the devil in order to finally get the tuning changed over... boy do i ever regret that move now! It was years later that i stumbled across this awesome trick for changing the tuning on a Floyd-Equipped guitar. I'm going to save you a LOT of time and frustration, not even to mention your immortal soul. You just may need that later.
You just need a couple simple tools and some knowledge of the crazy seesaw-like effect that your strings and springs have. You'll learn about blocking your bridge (from both sides!), adjusting the claw screw tension, the famous Whoopi Goldberg, and the aftereffects of messing with your tuning and string gauge. Its all super fast and easy once you learn the basic principles of how to do this. Its all reversible, it doesn't harm anything, and if you follow my steps, you'll have great success. Huzzah!!!!
The guitar i'm working on is my 1987 Ibanez RG550 Fallout finish, with custom pick guard and pickups by Instrumental Pickups (Decomp HS set).
Thanks so much for watching, let me know how it goes for you!!! Cheers!