Changing Strings - Floyd Rose Style (Guitar Lesson)

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Kris Norris

Changing Strings - Floyd Rose Style

Kris Norris demonstrates how to install new strings on a guitar equipped with a Floyd Rose tremolo system.

Taught by Kris Norris in Kris Norris Artist Series seriesLength: 13:43Difficulty: 1.5 of 5
Chapter 1: (00:58) Introduction Welcome to Kris Norris' Phase 2 set of guitar lessons! Kris kicks off this series by explaining the proper method of changing strings on a guitar equipped with a double locking tremolo.

Floyd Rose Overview

Floyd D. Rose invented the double locking tremolo system in the late seventies to meet the whammy bar needs of heavy metal players. The Floyd Rose system allows maximum flexibility with the whammy bar while maintaining tuning consistency. It provides players with the ability to raise and lower the pitch of a string through a wide interval range without the risk of breaking a string or knocking it out of tune. Floyd's system gained overnight success through the approval of guitarists such as Eddie Van Halen and Steve Vai.

The design of the original Floyd Rose system added several new features to the popular Fender synchronized tremolo. A locking plate replaced the standard nut that joins the neck and the headstock. The locking nut provides much needed tuning stability when the whammy bar is employed. However, this advantage comes with a price. The tuning machines cannot be adjusted when the nut is locked. Fine tuners were added to the bridge system to compensate for this disadvantage. However, the fine tuners only allow for a tuning adjustment of a half step interval without unlocking the nut. To increase tuning stability, a second locking device was added to the bridge system to create a "double locking" tremolo. Unfortunately, this addition also complicates the overall guitar set-up.

Necessary Tools

The items listed below are necessary when changing strings on a guitar equipped with a Floyd Rose.

-Allen wrench
-String winder
-Phillips head screwdriver
-New strings
-Needle nose pliers
-A magazine or some other thin, flat object
-A polishing cloth
-Fretboard cleaner
Chapter 2: (05:23) Removing the Strings Step 1

First, the nut must be unlocked to remove the old set of strings. Simply remove the three locking hex keys by turning them in a counterclockwise direction with your Allen wrench. Set them aside in a safe location. Since they are very small, the hex key locks are quite easy to lose or misplace.

Step 2

The Floyd Rose bridge system floats in a cavity carved into the body of the guitar. The bridge is held in place by the tension supplied by the strings and a set of three or four springs stored in a panel on the back of the guitar. Once the strings are removed, the tremolo system will sink into the body of the guitar. To prevent this from happening, lift up the tremolo and insert a piece of cardboard or a magazine between the body and the polls extending from the back of the tremolo.

Step 3

Using a string winder, de-tune all six strings so that they are completely loose.

Step 4

Using needle nose pliers, cut each of the strings in half.

Note: Many players remove and change one string at a time. This method is slightly more efficient. By changing one string at a time, the tension provided by the strings remains relatively stable. Consequently, it is much easier to get the guitar in tune once a new string is installed.

However, this method will not allow you to clean built-up grime from the fretboard. This dirt will potentially slow your left hand down and result in some fingering inaccuracies. It also harms your tone. The strings will not vibrate as much due to the built-up dirt. Dirt can also push the frets upward over a long period of time. Washing your hands prior to each practice session will prolong the life of your strings and minimize fretboard build up.

Step 5

Loosen each of the locking bridge polls by turning the Allen wrench in a counterclockwise direction. This frees the string from the small metal block that holds it tightly against the bridge saddle.

Step 6

Remove the piece of string that is attached to the bridge. Be very careful not to loose the small block that holds the string in place!

Step 7

Remove the piece of string attached to each of the tuning keys. Be careful not to poke yourself with the ends of the strings. They are very sharp! It will hurt, and you will bleed!

Step 8

Clean the fretboard. Use a small amount of the appropriate fretboard cleaner. Ask a professional luthier or repairman which cleaner is best for your fretboard type. Use a polishing rag to rub the cleaner across the grain of the wood. Work the polish into the fretboard in this manner. Make sure that all excess is removed by the polishing cloth.
Chapter 3: (06:42) Putting the Strings on Install each of the strings in a sequential order beginning with either of the E strings.

Step 1

Using needle nose pliers, cut the ball end and winding from the first string to be installed.

Step 2

Insert the end of the string between the back of the bridge saddle and the small block within the saddle. Using an Allen wrench, tighten the poll extending from the bridge. This will tighten the block against the back of the saddle and secure the string in place. Be careful that you do not turn the poll too much. Otherwise, you may crack the small block.

Step 3

Pull the string underneath the string tree located on the headstock. Pull the string through the hole in the tuning peg. Make sure that the string is pulled taught across the length of the fretboard. Turn the tuning key in a clockwise direction to tighten the string. If you have a reverse headstock, the tuning peg must be turned in the opposite direction. This step can be shortened with the help of a string winder.

Step 4

Repeat Steps 1 and 2 with the remaining strings.

Step 5

Using an electronic tuner, tune the guitar to the tuning that it is setup for. Kris' guitar is set-up for Drop C tuning (C, G, C, F, A, D).

Step 6

Stretch out the strings to remove any extra slack. Do not pull too hard on the strings or they will break.

Step 7

Lift up the bridge and remove the piece of cardboard that you have lodged underneath it.

Step 8

Set the bridge system so that it is flush with the body of the guitar. If the bridge is floating higher than the body, tighten the springs located on the back of the guitar to bring the bridge lower. If the bridge is lower than the body, lighten the tension of the springs by turning the screws in a counterclockwise direction.

Step 9

Using your tuner, tune each of the strings several times.

Step 10

Lock the nut by re-installing the hex keys that were removed earlier. Tighten them securely with the Allen wrench.

Step 11

After locking the nut, the pitch of each string will go slightly sharp. Use the fine tuners located on the back of the bridge to re-tune each string.

Step 12

Re-install the back plate to cover the cavity that encloses the tremolo springs.

Step 13

Cut off any excess string extending from the tuning pegs. You don't want to put a bandmate's eye out.
Chapter 4: (00:37) Final Touches Feel free to leave a comment in this lesson or on Kris' forum page if you have any questions concerning the material presented in this lesson. Also, write in if you use a Floyd Rose string changing method that you think is more effective.

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muntijaqimuntijaqi replied

I've adjusted a new guitar I got with floyd rose as per the pictures below. It seems alright and in tune, but I have some questions: 1-Is it normal that the base of the floyd rose is above the guitar's body? 2-Is it ok to have the floyd rose a little bit higher at the EAD strings than at the GBE strings? That way the action seems lower.. 3-If the low E buzzes a bit unplugged (plugged in I can't notice) should I rise even higher the tremolo? Thanks! very useful videos

mario.mmario.m replied

I have succesfully restrung my Ibanez with rdgr pro tremolo twice, the second time was a diferent tunning, awesome

Balger2Balger2 replied

Hey Kris, Thanks for the great lesson. It really Helped me out. I have had this Floyd Rose for about two years and, hated even tuning it because, I myself am used to the normal kind of guitar. Never cleaned it or even thought about a string change on my own but now, I can do it with less stress. Learned a lot here so thank you. Stay Metal.

yanto23yanto23 replied

I use a method called "Cross Tuning" that works really well for tuning up a Floyd Rose - it keeps the tension balanced during the tuning process. I learned from this page: Here's the relevant section: This is from Gene Imbody: A Floyd Rose or similar bridge can be tricky to deal with. It is very important to tune with equal tension on those bridges, or you can run into problems. Many players change only one string at a time with bridges like these. "The proper way to tune any guitar with a tremelo is with what I call "Cross Tuning." This is a method of tuning back and forth across the strings. If you start at the bass E string and tune in succession to the treble E string you'll find that the bridge will tilt toward the peghead and all of the strings will be flat. Here's what you do (it is best to use a good electronic tuner for this): Your strings are numbered 1 to 6 (#1 being treble E, #6 being bass E.) Start with some tension on all strings, but make sure none are above pitch (all strings should be flat.) Tune #6 up to pitch. Tune #1 to pitch Tune #2 to pitch Tune #5 to pitch Now repeat this from the beginning(6, 1, 2, 5.) After you have re-tuned 5, tune #3. Now tune #4. Repeat from the beginning until you are in tune. Remember to ALWAYS tune up to pitch and never down. If you are sharp, tune below the desired note, then tune back up. It may seem confusing at first, but you will get used to it. I've gotten so used to it that I tune fixed bridges this way too. What this method does is apply even tension to the strings from side to side so that the tremelo rises level. If you go from one end to the other, the trem continues to raise and as it does all of the strings you've tuned become flat. This is more controllable with cross tuning. If you get to the end and are in tune, but the bridge does not sit parallel to the body, then you need a set-up and you should probably visit a good repairman." Good Luck! Gene Imbody

palicopalico replied

Good lesson to get exposed to changing strings on a floyd. One thing I found, when turning the string after the rough in tune. Tune inside out. G then D Then B Then A then High E then low E. Seems to help keep the bridge balanced while getting them close enough for the fine tuners.

vince_mcvince_mc replied

Thanks Kris, that was actually hugely beneficial to me since I just bought an Ibanez S last week, and it's my first floating tremolo guitar. What I found works really good to hold the bridge in place when taking the strings off (I do two at a time as per the nut blocks EA-DG-BE) is a AAA battery. It just fits in there, and holds the bridge perfectly flush. My guitar doesn't have screws to alter the springs, it has a dial in the back (thankfully) making tension adjustments a lot easier for me. By the way, I accidentally stabbed myself with left overs of a high E string today and drew blood so you're not alone.

ozzthewizzozzthewizz replied

What do we learn from that lesson actually?!

ozzthewizzozzthewizz replied

Oh by the way, they are wrong or quite unpractical. I would recommend all off you to watch how to change strings on d'dario's website; or read Guitar Player Repair Guide by Dan Erlewine - the best of this area of study- for further information about general care for stringed electric instruments, mainly guitars. And yes, that includes you Kris.

hereticsound666hereticsound666 replied

hey kris how about a floyd rose intonation video?

leon126leon126 replied

Thanks for this great lesson Kris !

antman512antman512 replied

strings out of tune and bridge wont stay level what do i do!

mdeeRocksmdeeRocks replied

I'd recommend doing it one string at the time (start from high E, and retune after each string change), rather than removing them all, unless you want to give the fretboard a total clean up. Normal clean up you can do with old strings on.

kris.norriskris.norris replied

thats is normally how I do it at home as well because I don't care about the cleanliness of my guitars and its easier to keep the tension, just ask old dawson here about that one

gabe dgabe d replied

Great lesson. I wanted to add that I have learned adjusting the spring tension by eye might not be enough for tremolo-bar needs of metal players. you can push the tremolo bar all the way down, let it release, maybe wobble it back and forth a little, and check the tuning. Then, tighten, or loosen springs accordingly with minute adjustments. Repeat a few times until the spring tension is completely balanced with string tension. Now you can wammy-bar violate and bounce instantly back into perfect tuning every time.

alexmarblekingalexmarbleking replied

can i use guitar polish to clean my fingerboard?

frankoo411frankoo411 replied

kris i bought scheter hellraiser with a floyd rose used for great price.not much experence here. less then a year. i wanted this guitar for standard tuning. have other guitars that are easer to change the tuning.anyway it was tuned in a way i hade never seen. so i tunedit eadgbe and did nothing eles. sometime the whole guitar will go flat or sharp all the same i can see it on my chromatic tuner. is this why i got a great deal or can i fix this. frank

forrestforrest replied

i cant get my guitar to stay in tune. i changed the strings but the tremelo bridge keeps on getting pulled up farther then it should be when i try to tune it. any advice?

muntijaqimuntijaqi replied

tight the screws under the body so that the tremolo pulls against the body. If the screws are completely in and your tremolo still is pulled up try adding one more spring or try with less flexible springs. I had to remove one spring from mine because I had the opposite problem, my tremolo was falling further below

muntijaqimuntijaqi replied

tight the screws under the body so that the tremolo pulls against the body. If the screws are completely in and your tremolo still is pulled up try adding one more spring or try with less flexible springs. I had to remove one spring from mine because I had the opposite problem, my tremolo was falling further below

skelligskellig replied

any advice on intonation? Looks a little painful on a FR

jesperlindejesperlinde replied

Thanks for this lesson.. :) helped a lot. rock on

niandraniandra replied

there is a tuning software for iPhone??

heavydheavyd replied

if youre good enough with a coputer, you can find an online tuner, download it, and woirk it out so it worsk on anything.. as long as the mics on the thing youve got is good enough.. thats basicly how they make tuners

spreemsspreems replied

I've read other places that instead of cutting off the ball-end of the string, to use this it at the tuning peg. Would placing the string on this way effect the tone? Could it hard the tuning peg or guitar? Thanks Kris...rock-on!

nmoundnmound replied

Much needed lesson...thanks Kris and JamPlay. I recently bought a guitar with the FR system and was wondering how to change the strings. Problem solved!

jaronjaron replied

Thank you very mich Kris! Welcome to Jamplay!

jefferson_onejefferson_one replied

Awesome ... many people have troubles with Floyd Rose setups - I do mine on the ESP at least once per month. I'm a tweaker ... thanks for the video Kris! Nice to see ya -

tapeeyokatapeeyoka replied

I just did mine last night before I knew there was a video on here. I changed out one string at a time so the bridge wouldn't drop down all the way, but I still had to adjust the two adjustment screws in the back of the guitar to loosen the tension on the bridge because it was pretty low with the new strings on once I started tuning the strings. I did get 'bit' by a stray string that fell on the floor that I didn't see :)

dennis.hodgesdennis.hodges replied

Scene 2, 00:56 : awesome sound effect. JamPlay spares no expense!

snowdadsnowdad replied

Thanks Kris! Good explanation.

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Kris Norris demonstrates how to install new strings on a guitar equipped with a Floyd Rose tremolo system.

Length: 13:43 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
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Kris Norris

About Kris Norris View Full Biography Mr. Kris Norris was born August, 31 1978 in Canton, Ohio. He began playing around the age of 14. Early on the self-taught guitarist took an interest in metal and began playing in a local Virginia metal band. Kris' early influences were rooted in Swedish metal, bands include In Flames, Dark Tranquility, and Edge of Sanity. Norwegian Black metal also played a part in Kris' interest including early Mayhem, Emperor, and Ulver. Kris started Disinterment with future Darkest Hour bandmate Ryan Parrish. Disinterment lasted over 6 years and developed a local following in the Virginia metal by being some of the first players to incorporate Swedish metal and 3 guitar players.

College Days
When Kris was 17 he attended Virgina Commonwealth University School of Music (VCU). He studied Music composition and focused on film with world renowned composer Dika Newlin. Kris also studied classical guitar with John Patykula, prize student of Jesus Silva who was the prize student of Andre Segovia. Kris left the University after 6 years of studies. After college, he began his teaching career instructing private students and giving lessons at Mars Music. Kris' teaching career would eventually be put on hold to join Darkest Hour.

Darkest Hour Days
Kris' first album with Darkest Hour ,Hidden Hands Of A Sadist Nation, the 2005 release was recorded at Studio Fredman in Gothenburg, Sweden with producer Fredrik Nordstrom. Ironically, the same studio facilitated many of Kris' influences 10 years prior.

Darkest Hour's next release, Undoing Ruin allowed Kris to stretch his wings and show what he could truly do on the instrument with the addition of several solos. The record was produced by Canadian metal mastermind Devin Townsend (Strapping Young Lad, Steve Vai). Townsend was a big part of pushing Kris to his own musical potential on Undoing Ruin and even more so on the follow up record, Deliver Us.

Deliver Us was released in 2007 and debuted at 110 on the Billboard Chart. This would be the last Darkest Hour record with Kris as a member. The album like its predecessor was also produced by Devin Townsend, who was able to take a bigger hand in its production. Devin pushed Kris to experiment with his own playing and to hone in on his strongest abilities.

Kris' career with Darkest Hour spanned 6 years, 23 countries, 4 continents, countless tours, 3 albums, near 200,000 album sales, and many lifelong friendships made along the way. With the birth of his son in 2008, Kris felt he needed to take his career closer to home while still focusing on music and guitar. In order for Darkest Hour to devote 100% to their music and touring, Kris came to the decision to amicably part ways with the band.

His Future:
As of early 2009, Kris has full sponsorships from ESP, EMG, Peavey, DigiTech, InTune, and Morley. Currently, Kris is producing and mixing aspiring metal acts while also working for Final Symphony Studios out of Charlottesville, Virgina. Kris also edits records for James Murphy (Testament, Obituary, Death) at Safehouse Productions. Kris has released his first solo record through Magna Carta Records, entitled Icons Of The Illogical. His solo effort was recorded at Karma Productions with Cory Smoot (GWAR) and features vocals from Lamb Of God frontman Randy Blythe.

Kris is excited to be an addition to the JamPlay Instructor Roster. Lending his metal chops and thorough education to his lessons make him a valuable teacher. Kris is excited to be making lessons for JamPlay and just as stoked to learn new things from our other instructors. Check it out and stay Metal.

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Kris Norris Kris Norris

Kris analyzes different pick sizes and their effect on his playing. Using a slow motion camera, he is able to point out the...

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Ariel Posen Ariel Posen

Vibrato is a technique that not only gives character to your guitar playing, it conveys your personality on the guitar, giving...

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David Davidson David Davidson

JamPlay interviews Revocation's Dave Davidson.

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Jane Miller Jane Miller

Jane Miller talks about chord solos in part one of this fascinating mini-series.

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Billy Sheehan Billy Sheehan

Billy starts his artist series off with a lesson on something he gets asked the most to explain: right hand 3 finger technique.

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Prashant Aswani Prashant Aswani

Do you want to play more musical sounding solos? Do you want to play solos with more emotion behind them? Maybe you're the...

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