Questiona about Floyd Rose install on a Strat

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  1. burner

    burner Member

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    I've got a Classic Player 50s strat which I believe has a 9.5" radius.
    (locking tuners,custom pickups/wiring, 2pt brigde with vintage saddles)

    Anyway, I'm hell-bent on installing a Floyd Rose on it.
    However, I don't want to get halfway through the process only to find out it won't work well for whatever reason....

    Q: What do I need to know about this preocedure in regards to fretboard radius,scale length,nut placemet, etc?
    Any helpful tips would be suggested.

    Look, if I could find any other system that would keep it in tune and allow dramatic dive-bombing bends up/down, I'm open to those suggestions as well.
    (so far I've not found anything that does)

    Thanks
     
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  2. walterw

    walterw Gold Supporting Member

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    oh, the horror!

    when you're done, it will feel and sound like a different guitar. whether you like that guitar or hate it will be anybody's guess, and it's a one-way conversion.

    floyds were originally designed for strats, so if it's done right, it will "work" just fine.
     
  3. Eagle1

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    Extensive routing is needed to accommodate the OFR and the neck needs the locknut table cutting. also best done by the Stewmac dremol router base and jig (can be cut by hand.) Then you need to make a post locater jig from perspex and cut the scatchplate .Fitting a Floyd is one of the most extensive alterations you can make and expensive.In fact you could probably buy a S/H USA.Floyd classic Strat of Ebay for the cost of a pro job, and it's defiantly not one for the DIY beginner.
    However if you are experienced in setups and pickup routes etc you may want to give it a go but don't say I didn't warn ya.
     
  4. burner

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    I can handle the woodworking aspects just fine.

    I guess the thing I'm most concerned with is how do they match with the fingerboard radius? Adjustable to conform to them?
     
  5. Eagle1

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    No the locknut is fixed at 10" and the bridge is also fixed at a not very accurate 12". Steel shims for the saddles can be got from Allparts and the lock nut will just have to do as no one makes a 9.5".
     
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    Thanks for that info.
     
  7. BryanMatthews

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    a perfect way to ruin your strat imo.
     
  8. Eagle1

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    It will sound different but there are plenty of good sounding guitars that have Floyds on them, look at the one's Suhr makes.:dude
     

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