Les Paul Alnico 8 Personally, every guitar that I own has or has had a version of a Floyd – see what I did there! This is the classic German-made rig. It’s also probably just fine for light tremolo users. Satch The LockMeister also proves that a ‘new style’ arm can be made that will stay in place. Sure, it looks nifty and deters corrosion. My research and experience is that it’s not as strong as the original black oxide parts. Like the 1000 Series, the Special Series is also made in Korea. Many people are unaware of the difference between a licensed system and a genuine Floyd Rose tremolo. I will take you word for it since you are the expert. 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. I knew you would have the answer. John Petrucci « 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 … DMT Singlecoil Technically not a Floyd Rose, or is it? It’ll come out costing about the same and the ‘old style’ arm is worth it. Meh, not so much. Brass Now there are 10. You can see it in videos from this year’s NAMM (of Greg Koch playing). In addition, German-made systems have a stamp on the bottom stating "Made in Germany". Brown Sound So, the difference now would be in the saddles and the sustain block. His iconic Floyd Rose ‘Original’ tremolo, which has remained largely unchanged, features the legendary double-locking design. Jimmy Page If it comes down to the Special or some of the imported licensed versions out there, I’d stick with the Floyd Rose brand. Floyd Rose Special Chrome. And there are players that will not do without a Floyd Rose. Dean BKP The Floyd Rose ‘Original’ Tremolo. It appears that your cart is currently empty! Order online or call us at (732) 919-6200 | support@floydrose.com, Free shipping on All Orders over $100! Speaker Pickup Kids these days! Falbo Guitars All things being equal, the 1984. 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. What’s up with all these different versions of the Floyd Rose tremolo? This Floyd Rose system was getting a little attention when Guthrie Govan put it on his signature Charvel. Cast and treated steel that is durable enough for the most enthusiastic sadist to tire before it does. Re: Floyd rose original vs special. The Special and 1000 Series will not have a stamp, but can be identified by the logo on top of the system. They come in 6, 7, and 8-string options. Floyd Rose If the places offering stainless steel want to source much stronger parts and publish the specs, I’ll consider giving it another go. His iconic Floyd Rose ‘Original’ tremolo, which has remained largely unchanged, features the legendary double-locking design. The licensed systems will normally bear the phrase "Licensed by Floyd Rose Patents". MJ And then Charvel simply made their own version. More recently, it seems that the most common complaint would be of players that simply cannot or will not learn how to set them up properly. Fluence I have tried a few of the Special units on a few different guitars. 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. Bare Knuckle 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. For the most part, a good understanding of the product’s operation will make all the difference. Custom Shop Alnico 4 Steve Vai This means that it is not manufactured by Floyd Rose, but is licensed to an OEM to make their own. Floyd Rose is a division of AP International. The Hot Rod basically adds stainless steel screws. The Special Series. Nut I feel my soul go cold... only the dead are smiling. And I don't think theevh d tuna works with recessed rout. 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 have 2 of these and I put them up there with the quality of the Floyds I’ve had since the 80s. I also know an artist that left an endorsement over not being able to get a real Floyd on his guitars. Mojotone 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. Satriani I know they materials differ slightly. The Original Series. If you were looking at the special because it's a little cheaper, I'd get one of these. But, for this article, only the nearly identical tremolos — Floyd Rose 1000 vs Original will be further discussed. You can buy them separately and put on and they should fit any Licensed Floyd. These are also manufactured in South Korea, but with Floyd Rose strict quality control which ensures consistent build quality. JB I am not using recessed. My favorite? 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. check out the. 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. Saddles and sustain block are “zinc alloy”. Only mentioned the studs being zinc. There used to be 3 colors. The Floyd Rose can also be at the source of deeply heated opinions. Pariah Fretboard DiMarzio Professor Guitarism Those Korean Floyd Rose trems also use cheap zinc alloy sustain block due to which they have substantially lesser sustain than made in Germany Original … The 1984 comes with a brass sustain block, brass fine tuners, wood mounting posts, and ‘old style’ tremolo arm. There are versions for right-handed and left-handed players. I am interested in floyd rose original vs floyd special. Schaller This means that it is not manufactured by Floyd Rose, but is licensed to an OEM to make their own. At this time, only available as OEM on a new guitar. 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 Alnico 2 The 1000 Series. The zinc saddles are too soft,  I believe the OFF has hardened saddles. An authentic system will have our logo on the top of the base plate. Thank Doug. haha! It is my understanding that  the contact points on this model are supposed to be treated for durability. 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). Gibson There are different versions. If you’re going to put a brass block on it, just go with the 1984. Humbucker From my own observations, the Special might most commonly be seen as OEM on budget-friendly guitars at around the $500 and below level. It is the flagship for a reason. 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. The spacing seems off. Again, the Original uses steel, while the Special uses a cheaper zinc alloy, which is also evident in the price.