Instructions for “Original” Floyd Rose Locking Tremolo

Instructions for “Original” Floyd Rose Locking Tremolo
Instructions for “Original” Floyd Rose Locking Tremolo
The Original Floyd Rose is the most rugged and dependable locking tremolo made today. With replacement
parts available at most guitar repair shops, the serviceability and playability can’t be beat, and will stay that way
for years to come.
String height Studs (3mm wrench)
Intonation Screws (2.5mm wrench)
Lock Block
Lock Box
Fine Tuners
Saddle Lock Screws
(3mm wrench)
Arm Cap Nut
Attaching Arm:
• Slide tremolo arm into socket..
• Turn the arm cap nut clockwise about 4 turns
until it stops.
• If you want your arm to stay up then tighten the
cap nut fairly tight. If you want your arm to
swing freely then back off slightly on the cap nut.
• Remove arm when transporting or storing guitar
in its case.
• Oil socket with a drop of 3 in 1 oil twice a year
or more.
Overall String Height Adjustment:
• Turn string height studs C.W. to lower action.
• Turn string height studs C.C.W. to raise action.
Changing Strings
Rear Tremolo Cavity
• Loosen strings completely by turning machine
• Loosen the string lock thumb screws counter
clockwise on the back of the Sperzel gears.
You only need to turn these screws about 2 or
3 turns.
• Loosen saddle lock screws with 3mm allen
• Remove strings.
• Remove broken string bits from lock box with
small magnetic screwdriver or long nose
• Normalize the tremolo fine tuners to the mid
point of their travel.
• Cut ball ends and extra wraps off of the new
• Insert new strings into lock box, sandwiched
between lock box wall and lock block.
• Tighten saddle lock screws real snug, but do
not over tighten them.
• Slide string through the small hole in the
string post. Take up all the slack then tighten
the thumb screw on the back. Cut off the
excess string and then tune your guitar.
• Tune up from low E (6th) string to high E (1st)
string, 6 or 7 times in order to stretch the
tremolo springs.
• Stretch your strings using the tremolo arm.
• When strings hold their pitch relative to each
other, then tuning is complete.
• Fine tune using the fine tuners.
Adjustment Screws (use #2 phillips screwdriver)
Spring Claw Springs Tremolo Sustain Block
If the arm socket becomes loose,
tighten with a 3mm allen wrench.
Spring Tension Adjustment:
Your Carvin guitar comes set up with a set of high
quality 942 strings. If you continue to use the
same brand and gage of strings, spring tension
adjustment is normally not necessary. However, if
you switch brands or gages you may need to readjust spring tension. Follow the steps below.
1. Tune up guitar to pitch.
2. Remove rear cover plate.
3. If tremolo rear end is to high in the air follow
steps #4,5,6 & 11.
4. Tighten the two screws on the rear of the guitar
that hold the spring claw, 1/2 turn each with a
phillips #2 driver.
5. Re-tune guitar and see if tremolo is parallel with
guitar body.
6. If it’s just right, go to step #11. If it’s still to high
repeat steps #4 & 5.
7. If tremolo rear end is setting to low in the
tremolo cavity follow steps #8, 9, & 10.
8. Loosen the two screws that hold the spring
claw, 1/2 turn each with a phillips #2 driver.
• Don’t rest palm on tremolo while tuning up or
9. Re-tune and see if tremolo is parallel with guitar
fine tuning.
• Over tightening of saddle lock screws can cause:
10. If it is just right, go to step #11. If it’s still to
Lock box walls to crack, distortion of shape of
low repeat steps #8 & 9.
the lock block, rounding of allen sockets, and, or
cause rapid string breakage.
11. Put rear cover plate back on.
• When stringing up the Sperzel tuners do not
wrap multiple string wraps around the post.
• When turning the two claw screws, have your
Eliminate as many wraps as possible to keep
guitar face down on a padded table.
your guitar in better tune. /2 of a turn around the
• Hold screw driver firmly when turning, so as not
string post should be considered maximum.
to slip off screw head and scratch the back of
your guitar.
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