Floyd Rose and GraphTech Announce New Tremolo System
The first authentic Floyd Rose Tremolo System loaded with Graph Tech’s Ghost saddles.
Wall Township, NJ (December 30, 2014) -- Two of the foremost innovators for the electric guitar over the last 40 years, Floyd Rose and Graph Tech, are finally teaming up to create the first authentic Floyd Rose Tremolo System loaded with Graph Tech’s Ghost loaded saddles. While there have been licensed Floyd Rose systems that have been produced with these saddles, this will be the first produced by Floyd Rose in direct cooperation with Graph Tech, and of course the first to bear the Floyd Rose name and stamp of authenticity.
Graph Tech’s ghost loaded saddles contain custom engineered piezo crystals, and are reputed to be greatly superior to other piezo saddles for a number of reasons. First, most piezo pickups are set in a metal saddle; the metal makes it next to impossible to get a truly authentic acoustic sound, and leaves the crystal exposed and susceptible to moisture and corrosion. Graph Tech Ghost saddles completely encapsulate the pickup in their renowned String Saver material, making it impervious to the elements. String Saver saddles also give you a more balanced tone across the audio spectrum when compared to metal saddles, with crisp highs, warm mids and deep bass-- they don’t have the 2 KHz spike that metal saddles are known for, giving the tone more balance and dimension. Also, the saddles don’t just utilize any piezo crystals; Graph Tech’s crystals are designed specifically to work within the guitar frequency range. The pickups are individually calibrated for even string to string output-- if that’s not enough to make them an ideal match for the ever-durable Original Floyd Rose, they also dramatically reduce string breakage.
While the makeup of Graph Tech’s saddles is impressive to say the least, it’s the endless possibilities of their application that is really what makes them an incredible innovation; they will work alone or in conjunction with any ghost preamp kit. In combination with a Graph Tech Acousti-Phonic Preamp, your electric guitar can produce a rich, authentic acoustic guitar tone at the flick of a switch. In addition, the saddles can also be used with the Graph Tech Hexpander Preamp, adding a MIDI interface to your instrument, which in combination with a pitch-to-MIDI converter will create virtually endless possibilities of sounds that you can produce with your Floyd-equipped guitar. From flawless real instrument imitation to your own custom synthesized sounds, there’s really no end to the variations that you can create.
“We’re excited to partner with the Floyd Rose team to bring the Ghost acoustic and midi capabilities to the legions of Floyd Rose players around the world. The Floyd Rose changed the way many players perform and now, with Graph Tech, they are about to do it again,” said Graph Tech owner Dave Dunwoodie. The president of Floyd Rose, Andrew Papiccio, said about the collaboration, “We’re proud to work with such a well reputed innovator as Graph Tech on advancing our authentic equipment, and will be using their ghost saddles to increase the possibilities of the Original Floyd Rose in both 6 and 7 string formats.”
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