how to set up a floyd rose

Fig. 1: When a Floyd Rose-style tremolo is tilted back against the body—as shown here—you can't use the system to its full potential.

When a Floyd Rose-style tremolo is tilted back against the body—as shown here—you can’t use the system to its full potential.

Last week, a client brought in an Ibanez solidbody for a setup. Overall, it was in great condition, but the Edge tremolo was out of adjustment and the action at the locking nut was ridiculously high. My client wanted to perform with the guitar, but it was unplayable in its current condition. At first glance, it looked as if it was going to be a typical setup, but as you'll see, looks can be deceiving.

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