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Steve R.



Joined: 04 Apr 2005
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 15, 2005 10:19 am    Post subject: Tremolo springs and tone Reply with quote

Call me crazy, but I have found that different manufacture springs used with a Floyd Rose affect the tone quite a bit.

I tried a set of Ibanez Edge springs (.052" wire diameter) and the guitar sounds a bit brighter with less mids.

Then I tried the springs that came with a new Original Floyd Rose (.0495" wire diameter) and the guitar sounded not as bright, but a bit darker, and had a really thick middy sound.

Finally, I tried some Schaller springs from the early '90's and the sound was close to the sound of the Floyd Rose provided springs mentioned above, but not quite as dark, and not quite as thick... And certainly not as bright as the Ibanez springs.

Now having said that, what springs have you guys found to be superior? I'm sure the wire diameter, and spring material make a difference and I'm looking for a clear bright tone.

Thanks in advance.
-Steve
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Pow Lee



Joined: 27 Jan 2005
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PostPosted: Sun May 29, 2005 2:07 pm    Post subject: Springtime Reply with quote

Hey Steve,
that's kinda weird, I was just wondering about that yestarday as I put together an older strat. I'm pretty sure there's differences, as I've come to find out that really every hardware part seems to affect the tone in some way.
John, any insights??
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tfire



Joined: 27 Jan 2005
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Location: NW England

PostPosted: Mon May 30, 2005 1:11 am    Post subject: Springs Reply with quote

I don't think you're crazy, Steve. I tried swapping springs around between two Suhrs - one with a VG300, and the other with a Standard bridge - and a Fender Strat. I could definitely hear differences between the springs. When you think about it, if the bridge is floating, there are more contact points to the body through the springs than through the bridge posts - so why shouldn't it make a difference?
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