How to Lower the String Action on Floyd Rose

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How to Lower the String Action on Floyd Rose
Floyd Rose tremolos keep strings in tune after heavy bending. (Jupiterimages/Photos.com/Getty Images)

Floyd Rose never could have foreseen the impact of his locking tremolo. Since its introduction in 1977, the Floyd Rose locking tremolo has appeared on guitars around the world of virtually every manufacturer. Designed to secure the strings in position and keep them in proper tuning and intonation, the Floyd Rose requires special techniques for operation and adjustment. If you wish to lower the string height, or "action," of a guitar with a Floyd Rose tremolo, you can do so with the right tool.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Guitar with Floyd Rose locking tremolo
  • 3 millimetre Allen wrench

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Lay a guitar with a Floyd Rose locking tremolo across a flat, even work surface.

  2. 2

    Locate the two bridge height adjustment screws on either side of the bridge.

  3. 3

    Insert a 3 millimetre Allen wrench into the bass-side bridge height adjustment screw. Turn it counterclockwise.

  4. 4

    Place the end of a 6-inch ruler on top of the 12th fret next to the lowest string, perpendicular to the neck of the guitar.

  5. 5

    Read the measurement on the ruler. If the string has not reached the desired height, turn the Allen wrench counterclockwise a few turns and check the height again. Repeat this process until the bass strings have the desired action.

  6. 6

    Remove the Allen wrench from the bass-side bridge height adjustment screw. Insert it into the tremolo-arm-side bridge height adjustment screw.

  7. 7

    Turn the Allen wrench counterclockwise a few turns.

  8. 8

    Place the end of a 6-inch ruler on top of the 12th fret next to the highest string, perpendicular to the neck of the guitar.

  9. 9

    Read the measurement on the ruler. If the string has not reached the desired height, turn the Allen wrench counterclockwise a few turns and check the height again. Repeat this process until the three highest strings have the desired action.

  10. 10

    Remove the Allen wrench from the bridge adjustment screw.

Tips and warnings

  • Consult your guitar manufacturer's website for the recommended string heights for your guitar. You may set the action at any height you choose, but these measurements can help give you an appropriate range.

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