I know they materials differ slightly. Seymour Duncan The 1000 series is a passable system that can help keep down the cost of a new guitar purchase. the difference between 2.91 and 2-7/8 is .035 which is just under 1mm (.0394) it's not machinist precision my any means but as long as one of the blades on the bridge are strait and they usually are you probably wouldn't notice any problems. The 1984 comes with a brass sustain block, brass fine tuners, wood mounting posts, and ‘old style’ tremolo arm. This means that it is not manufactured by Floyd Rose, but is licensed to an OEM to make their own. Fluence The Korean-made 1000 Series is suggested as the equivalent of the ‘Original’ German Floyd Rose. Floyd Rose Website | Facebook | Twitter | YouTube, 59 No other locking tremolo system is as recognized as the Floyd Rose. There used to be 3 colors. Les Paul People see photos of the locking versions before the “whale tail” and think this is the same. The Floyd Rose Special is the cheaper version of the Original Floyd Rose. I feel my soul go cold... only the dead are smiling. Now there are 10. Jimmy Page The Jackson Custom Shop form lists these varieties of Floyd Rose bridges to choose from: Re: What\'s the difference between the various Floyd Rose versions? Floyd Rose Special vs Original: Durability As mentioned, both tremolo systems use the same steel baseplate and the knife edges are made of hardened steel. I believe he saddles are steel. Schaller The LockMeister also proves that a ‘new style’ arm can be made that will stay in place. I use the GFS fast-loader, it's wider than the original Floyd-Rose I have it in a couple of guitars, love that you just use regular strings, no more cutting strings end balls, and works very well, the only I changed is the block, http://store.guitarfetish.com/Floyd-Rose-Fastloader-locking-Tremolo-System_p_260.html, www.facebook.com/people/Dougs-Custom-Neck-Plates/100002566342538, Quote from: DMRACO on July 19, 2012, 10:13:00 AM, Quote from: Dan0 on July 19, 2012, 08:46:36 PM, Quote from: ZionWarmoth on August 02, 2012, 06:25:38 PM, Quote from: DMRACO on August 03, 2012, 07:59:12 AM. That’s right! You can see it in videos from this year’s NAMM (of Greg Koch playing). His iconic Floyd Rose ‘Original’ tremolo, which has remained largely unchanged, features the legendary double-locking design. The Korean-made 1000 Series is suggested as the equivalent of the ‘Original’ German Floyd Rose. http://search.netscape.com/ns/boomframe.jsp?query=floyd+rose+trem&page=1&offset= 0&result_url=redir%3Fsrc%3Dwebsearch%26amp%3Breque stId%3De957f1e44f5ce573%26amp%3BclickedItemRank%3D 2%26amp%3BuserQuery%3Dfloyd%2Brose%2Btrem%26amp%3B clickedItemURN%3Dhttp%253A%252F%252Fwww.vintagekra mer.com%252Fparts6.htm%26amp%3BinvocationType%3D-%26amp%3BfromPage%3DNSCPIndex&r emove_url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.vintagekramer.com%2Fpar ts6.htm, If this is your first visit, be sure to "Quiet, numbskulls, I'm broadcasting!" PAF The Original Series. The Non-Fine Tuner System. In my opinion, it is not. There are dozens of manufacturers that have used our patents to make their own systems, each with varying dimensions and materials. There are a few other Floyd Rose systems, but I think these are the basic models that most people think of. Alnico 8 haha! Ceramic If you’re going to put a brass block on it, just go with the 1984. The licensed systems will normally bear the phrase "Licensed by Floyd Rose Patents". check out the. Steve Vai And then Charvel simply made their own version. Sure, it looks nifty and deters corrosion. After experimenting with different metals, including brass (which wore down too quickly), Rose settled on hardened steel to form the two main components of the system. It maintains most of the quality and craftsmanship present in the original Floyd Rose tremolo, and at a much lesser price. There are versions for right-handed and left-handed players. In addition, German-made systems have a stamp on the bottom stating "Made in Germany". But, for this article, only the nearly identical tremolos — Floyd Rose 1000 vs Original will be further discussed. Bare Knuckle More than anything, I seem to hear the most confusion about this one. From my own observations, the Special might most commonly be seen as OEM on budget-friendly guitars at around the $500 and below level. Personally, every guitar that I own has or has had a version of a Floyd – see what I did there! Brandonwound Mojotone It appears that your cart is currently empty! An authentic system will have our logo on the top of the base plate. If you were looking at the special because it's a little cheaper, I'd get one of these. Brass The Floyd Rose ‘Original’ Tremolo. Cast and treated steel that is durable enough for the most enthusiastic sadist to tire before it does. If the places offering stainless steel want to source much stronger parts and publish the specs, I’ll consider giving it another go. Alnico 2 Meh, not so much. Pariah Celestion This page was generated at 01:32 AM. « Reply #9 on: August 02, 2012, 06:25:38 PM » I use the GFS fast-loader, it's wider than the original Floyd-Rose I have it in a couple of guitars, love that you just use regular strings, no more cutting strings end … The spacing seems off. I am interested in floyd rose original vs floyd special. The Floyd Rose systems have come a long way since the late 70s and early 80s. Brown Sound And there are players that will not do without a Floyd Rose. JB Floyd Rose Special Chrome. The 1000 Series. I will take you word for it since you are the expert. Satriani Nut Speaker The licensed systems will normally bear the phrase "Licensed by Floyd Rose Patents". Singlecoil Humbucker In my opinion, it is not. As far as I’m aware, Reb Beach is a player that is able to get not one (Ibanez), but two (Suhr) companies that are known for adamantly NOT using real Floyds to put a real Floyd on his guitars. Fretboard It is the flagship for a reason. Made by the same German company that makes the Original series, pretty much only the name is different. When it comes to the ‘Original’ lineup, the only thing that I prefer more would be the 1984 model. Many people are unaware of the difference between a licensed system and a genuine Floyd Rose tremolo. BKP Alnico 5 The Jackson Custom Shop form lists these varieties of Floyd Rose bridges to choose from: Floyd Rose Pro - $180 Floyd Rose - $120 Original Floyd Rose - $120 Floyd II - $120 I think I have also heard of a Lo Pro or Low Profile Floyd Rose (but maybe I'm thinking of the Ibanez copy). I have 2 of these and I put them up there with the quality of the Floyds I’ve had since the 80s. These are also manufactured in South Korea, but with Floyd Rose strict quality control which ensures consistent build quality. 2 7/8 does not equal 2.91.....the measurement for an OFR. The Floyd Rose can also be at the source of deeply heated opinions. The zinc saddles are too soft, I believe the OFF has hardened saddles. My research and experience is that it’s not as strong as the original black oxide parts. My favorite? And after about 40 years, the Floyd Rose brand is so well-known that it’s the default designation for most any brand of double-locking tremolo. It’s also probably just fine for light tremolo users. The Special Series. If you are going full-time Dime or Vai on your rig, tread cautiously. I’m seeing them right now on eBay and Reverb at a more affordable rate than buying a new German system from the Floyd Rose website. At this time, only available as OEM on a new guitar. I’ve seen the pivot point and knife edges of some 1000 Series parts show alarming signs of wear with just a few hours of use. DiMarzio Offered as an alternative to the plethora of licensed versions across the market. This is the classic German-made rig. To keep this simple, I will restrict my query to actual Floyd Rose products (as opposed to extending it to licensed copies). His iconic Floyd Rose ‘Original’ tremolo, which has remained largely unchanged, features the legendary double-locking design. This Floyd Rose system was getting a little attention when Guthrie Govan put it on his signature Charvel. Like the 1000 Series, the Special Series is also made in Korea. Dean An early exposure to someone not caring for the Floyd Rose was an old-school Stratocaster player that had fits with double bends on a floating tremolo. The Special and 1000 Series will not have a stamp, but can be identified by the logo on top of the system. What’s up with all these different versions of the Floyd Rose tremolo? Saddles and sustain block are “zinc alloy”. The Hot Rod series comes up here and there. For more than 40 years, the company has made different models and varieties of the tremolo system, including the Original, Floyd Rose II, Pro, Special, 1000 Series, Deluxe and the licensed models. Fishman The Schaller LockMeister. That can generally mean that someone is doing something right! So, the difference now would be in the saddles and the sustain block. Falbo Guitars At this time, only available as OEM on a new guitar. Thank Doug. Kids these days! I am not using recessed. Is the original really worth the extra cash? Gibson Professor Guitarism I knew you would have the answer. Alnico 4 It is my understanding that the contact points on this model are supposed to be treated for durability. A squid eating dough in a polyethylene bag. The Special and 1000 Series will not have a stamp, but can be identified by the logo on top of the system.
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