Introduction: Change Floyd Rose Guitar's String

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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 -

Step 6: Add the New String (Prepare the String)

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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

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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

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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 -

Step 9: Put the Nut Screw Back

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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!

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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!


dj_ax11 (author)2017-04-10

Hey, is that a 1991 Epiphone by Gibson US pro? Nice guitar, but very hard to find replacement parts for the super exotic tremolo. Just replaced mine with an "ordinary" FR, but it seems to struggle with .009 strings :-\

Michael DouglasS made it! (author)2016-09-18

I have too many guitars with. Floyd systems on them ,and now Floyd sent me a black Floyd Rose flying V to review , great guitar with a f.r. 1000 system , and when a string breaks ,I call my tech ,he come and picks up my guitar ,I have 104 guitars and basses , and he does it for me ,that way it's done right and plays great ! So,just get a guitar tech,end of problem ! I did use to have to change strings on my Kahler system on my first custom Charvel/Jackson star body with 78 fender strat neck,that guitar is still my baby ,light years ahead of its time,made in 1980 ,before I could even really play well,but when I got my 82 white Anniversary series Marshall stack and had it modded,there was no stopping me! All thanks to my friend Randy Rhoads .

TsuilS (author)2016-01-01

Hello, I would like to congratulate you for the instructable, and apologize for digging up such on old topic but I have a suggestion regarding on how to put the strings in place.

Instead of shopping off the balls why don't you simply put them backwards ?
Kinda like what wayne6412 said but that way you can use any kind of strings not just the fender ones.

I've been doing this for years on both floydtars that I have with no issues :S

lambofwrath95 (author)2014-09-16

Hey man, so what do you do when your strings are too thick for the little grooves in the bridge saddle... Should I file them wider? Should i just accept my strings will buzz and sound a little tinny?

Any thoughts would be awesome!

Lucianod (author)2014-07-25

first of all, great guide, nonetheless because you risked your guitar putting all those tools on it in the fist picture only for demonstration purposes.

however, a tip:

if you insert whatever you use to keep the bridge firm in a way it rests parallel with the neck (the way it should stay all the time, actually), when you remove the thing after the tuning, it will stay(almost) in tune!

only remains to intonate octaves and you're done

iamtoats (author)2010-02-06

 damn, you have short bridge screws...

I like to use part of a deck of cards to hold the bridge up. It's a nice fit, and fully adjustable.

I find that the way you tune your strings.... doesn't work. It takes forever, and doesn't stay in tune.

I tighten the springs up, support the bridge level with the body (with the cards) then tune up (the other strings shouldn't go flat!), then loosten tue screws until the cards fall out.

Then just adjust a little with the fine tuners....

corey_caffeine (author)iamtoats2010-08-22

it may just be the bridge, alot of lower end liscensed floyd rose bridges don't stay in tune at all

pauliebird1 (author)2009-06-02

You should remove the trebble strings first, to prevent overloading and breaking them

z-man6233 (author)pauliebird12009-11-07

they won't break and if they do its time to change them anyway

Patented (author)pauliebird12009-06-02

What do you mean by the trebble string?s

peach_fart (author)Patented2009-09-29

the thin, unwound strings.

Re-design (author)2009-09-26

Nice explanation and nice photos. I like the you show someone actually doing some of the steps. That's sometimes kind of hard if you're the photog and the model.

Patented (author)Re-design2009-09-26

Thx! For my picture I use a tripod and I put my camera on timer mode so I can use my both hand in the picture!

wayne6412 (author)2009-08-10

Good Instructible:) Your instruction's are really accurate, but I wanted to add this little short-cut that I've used over the year's and save's quite a bit of time. This work's on Original Floyd Rose's and probably on most copy's. Try using Fender Bullet string's with the little bullet on the end instead of the brass ring with the string winding's. Run the plain end of the string through the tuning peg at the headstock until you reach the end with the bullet. The bullet will not go through the hole, which kind of anchor's the string, thus not having to trim the string. Proceed down to the bridge, and keep a fair amount of tension on the string and trim the access and lock it in the bridge. This has alway's worked well for me, and preventing too many wraps at the tuning key. I just thought I'd add this little instructible, maybe you'll find it useful! Thanks:)

caitlinsdad (author)2009-06-01

It would be of interest to all if you mentioned that the Floyd Rose is a type of tremelo/whammy bar familiar to the general public. If you are not an electric guitar player, you probably will not know why it would be difficult to change the strings because of what it is designed to do.

Patented (author)caitlinsdad2009-06-03

Nice idea, I put a link of the wikipedia definition!

caitlinsdad (author)Patented2009-06-03

Tis better to explain in your own words. Lends credibility to know that you know what you are doing.

Patented (author)caitlinsdad2009-07-04


norsehorse (author)2009-06-03

What does the dice do? As soon as you pull it out, the spring tension will stretch the strings out of tune, and the bridge will sink into the body which would throw off the action. Just saying.

Patented (author)norsehorse2009-06-04

Its because with some kinds of Floyd rose, the bridge screw that let you loosen the strings are at the very end of the Floyd rose so when the string are loose at the other side (head part) the Floyd will dive in so you cant loosen the screws.But I didn't explain it very well so I will check that out! Thx figuring that out!

Patented (author)Patented2009-07-04

I Also forgot to mention that all the other strings will be out of tune

norsehorse (author)Patented2009-06-04

Ah I see. Mine is different it has the screws on the top near the fine tuners. I've never run into that problem. I'm also pretty sure my Floyd Rose isn't an Original Floyd Rose so thats probably why.

DIYDragon (author)2009-06-04

Ah, thanks for this. I bought an older guitar with a Floyd Rose on it, and it's much different than my other guitar's bridge style. Maybe I'll break it out again, and mess with it. :|

Ibanezfoo (author)2009-05-31

Pretty good. Its a little easier if you use a shim under the bridge or a block between the sustain block and the body in the back. It keeps the bridge in place when the tension is lessened by removing strings.

Patented (author)Ibanezfoo2009-06-01

Yeah I know.. Its because its not totaly finished cuz I really want to post it.. Generally I put stack of pics to support the bridge but if you only change 1 string you dont need to. But thx I will add a step tonigh!!

Gypsyman (author)2009-05-31

on my floyd rose i never had to cut the ball off. It went through the body.

Patented (author)Gypsyman2009-05-31

Oh really?! I never saw that but ill mention it on my ible! Thx!!

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