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    What is the key or trick to changing strings or tuning to E flat on a floating bridge anyone? I dont want to wreck the action or bridge.Thanks

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    I think you should just change one string at a time.

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    I always found with the floaters that you need to tune a 1/4 below where you want to end up! This is because by time you get through tuning all six strings you'll find that you closer to your desired pitch when you go to retune.

    If you tune to pitch, your going to go sharp, and you'll have to de-tune and start again.

    Put simplely start below pitch and work your way into it, or do what I did, block it!

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    I gotta block my Kramer, I hate floating tremolos. What a pain in the arse to tune when you have to put new strings on there.

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    on my ibanez i just put a old neck plate under the back of the bridge after i take the strings off ..it keeps the trem at zero horizontal and after ive tuned to 1/2 step down A the plate falls out so i know the string and spring tension are even and its in tune....what tuning you want on your guitars with floating trems just depends on spring tension vs string pull....also i like the edge trems on the ibanez guitars ,a floating trem can be fun sometimes, i love to just get crazy and slam the shit out of the bar sometimes....of course sometimes i really dig the set trem on my wolf to though....

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    I recently floated the trem on both of my 78 strat and Squire strat. The only problem is, I'm almost affraid to touch the tremolo now. I usually don't like a floating trem AT ALL, but I wanted to set up both guitars to factory specs. I have both tremolo units (6 screw by the way) floating about 1/8 of and inch off of the body. The 78 stays in tune OK, but the Squire goes completely out of tune. I've tried different string windings, oiled the nut, damn near everything. I'm almost to the point where I want to scrap the entire neck on my Squire and put on a better neck with Grover tunning keys or something. Any suggestions?

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    I usually change the whole set when I break one. I hate one bright sounding new string a nd five dull ones.

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    sell the floating bridge. they are evil and are never useful and shall bring you many problems

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    the floater on my ibanez doesnt give me any trouble..

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    Alchemy--your tuning problem isn't due to the neck. It could be any one of a number of things. Try these...

    1)use Bullet end strings
    2)use graphite in the nut slots, as well as the underside of the string trees (pencil lead works fine)
    3)make sure your strings are wrapped TIGHT; pull on 'em to take any slack out of the post, as well as stretch them out
    4)loosen the claw in the rear, but add another spring to balance it out
    5)those 6 bridge screws you have? LOOSEN THEM! Raise them so the bottom of the screw heads are between 1/16" and 3/32" ABOVE the top of the bridge plate (don't worry; it's safe)
    6)a little graphite on your bridge saddles won't hurt
    7)make sure you always tune down and THEN UP to pitch-you don't want to just tune down to your note-->it can create slack
    8)make sure your springs don't rub any wood in the rear cavity (boy, THAT sounds bad). if they do, get your chisel and learn a new trade!
    9)try putting a small piece of foam rubber UNDER the springs; it cuts back on spring noise and vibration
    10)check your action and intonation; floating your bridge changes both angles and tension vectors

    hope these help you out!

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    Thanks for the info abe. I guess I should try bullet strings...I have Boomers on there right now.

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