Changing strings on a guitar with a Floyd rose can be tricky to do the first time. Its not very hard but you have to know how to do. So here is an ible on how to change your strings with a Floyd rose! I know there is a lot of step but its better to be clear than to be all messy so nobody understand! Feel free to tell if I made mistakes in my texts !
So whats a Floyd Rose?!
A Floyd Rose is a system on some guitar that let you do some big dive with the whammy bar without detuning the strings because of his strings locking system.(Strings are locked on the bridge and on the head part of the guitar) The bridge on the guitar is support by spring locate inside the body on the guitar and the tension of them need to be equal to the strings tension or else the bridge will dive in or out of the body.The Floyd rose let the guitar player make a variety of other sounds with the tremolo!
Step 1: Material
Here are the few things you will need to change your string(s)..
- Your guitar with Floyd Rose
- The string(s) you want to change
- Cutter or Multi-tool
- Allen key the size of your Floyd's screws
- Guitar/Bass/Violin Tuner
- Not Show - Something able to hold your bridge
Step 2: Support the Bridge
Before starting you may want to put something under the bridge to support it so it doesn't go down , because if it goes down, 1) With some Floyd rose, the bridge screws would be unreachable, 2) All the other strings will de-tune and 3) It could prevent the other strings from breaking. What you ca do is to put something between the bridge and the body of the guitar like a stack of picks, a rag or anything else that won't scratch the guitar and that can support the bridge from diving into the body. To put your support (Here I will be using a rag), push completely down on the whammy bar and put your object between the bridge and the body of the guitar, then slowly release the whammy bar.The strings should be a bit loose.
Step 3: Unscrew the Nut Screw
Now you need to loosen or completely remove the screws on the nut part of the guitar (Where the strings are attached near the head of the guitar) with your Allen key
Step 4: Loosen the Tuning Peg
Now, just loosen the tuning peg of the string(s) until the strings are free, then remove the string(s) from the tuning peg hole. ( If your string was broken, you will be able to get it out without turning the peg)
Step 5: Loosen the Bridge Screw
What you want to do here is to loosen the bridge screw so the string will be free. Use your Allen key to loose the screw(s).Your Floyd Rose may be different then mine, in some case, the screw you will need to loosen will be under the fine tuner.
While you are there, you can set the fine tuner to his middle position, so you will have a better range to tune your guitar with the fine tuner after. Now that your string(s) is free, you may want to roll it up and maybe keep it for further project like Library cat does : Guitar String Bracelet - https://www.instructables.com/id/Guitar-String-Bracelet/
Step 6: Add the New String (Prepare the String)
Now is the part you will be adding the new string! But first, you need to prepare it. Now, there is many types of Floyd rose, so first, try to enter the string in the bridge where it supposed to go , maybe your Floyd rose is different then mine. If it doesn't enter , you need to cut the little ball at the end of the string. The ball colour may vary depending of the string number (E, A, D, G, B, E,) Cut the ball with your cutter.
Step 7: Lock the String in the Bridge
Now just insert the new string all the way in where the previous string was(In the bridge) Then, lock the bridge screw with the Allen key. You need to screw it tight enough so the string doesn't get out while tunning or playing!
Step 8: Attach the String on the Tunning Peg + Tunning
This step is just like normal guitar, but here is how to do. Insert the other end of the string in the tunning peg and just let enough string to let you make a good 3-4 loop around the peg. Then start winding the string on the nob, while holding the string to apply a bit of tension, until its quite tight but not too much. Then, with your Guitar tuner (Or with your ear) tune your string(s) to the correct pitch.
If you don't have any tuner, here a great Instructables that show you how to tune it without: How to tune a guitar - https://www.instructables.com/id/How-to-tune-a-guitar/
Step 9: Put the Nut Screw Back
In this step , you just need to place the nut screw back with the little metal piece with the Allen key back in. This screw need to be tight correctly or your string won't stay tune when you will use your Floyd rose.
Finish up: When the string is new, it will be to long so you can't wind it all on the tunning nob, so you can cut the excess of it with a cutter. My string wasn't new because it was only for demonstration purpose so I just detach my string then I place it back.
Step 10: Voila!
Here you go , you've just change your string(s) on a Floyd rose guitar!
Hope it wasn't to hard and now just go play your favourite song and enjoy your new fresh strings!
Feel free to comment and just go ahead if you have any questions!