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Do you use Floyd Rose bridges? What do you find are their advantages and/or advantages? This week’s Gear Spotlight is on the Floyd Rose bridge! 

The Floyd Rose Locking Tremolo, or simply Floyd Rose, is a type of locking vibrato arm for a guitar. Floyd D. Rose invented the locking vibrato in 1976, the first of its kind, and it is now manufactured by a company of the same name. The Floyd Rose gained popularity in the 1980s. 

Its tuning stability comes through the double-locking design that has been widely regarded as revolutionary; the design has been listed on Guitar World’s “10 Most Earth Shaking Guitar Innovations” and Guitar Player’s “101 Greatest Moments in Guitar History 1979–1983.”

The main advantage of the Floyd Rose vibrato system is its double-locking design. This makes the guitar stay in tune through large pitch changes, e.g., forcing the vibrato bar all the way down to the guitar body, or pulling up on the bar to raise the tone by as much as a fifth or a seventh.

The Floyd Rose Tremolo rose to popularity in the early 1980s, through guitarists like Eddie Van Halen, Neal Schon, Brad Gillis, Joe Satriani, Steve Vai, and Alex Lifeson, who used its ability to stay in tune even with extreme changes in pitch. Many popular artists quickly adopted the device, making it difficult to measure how much each individual artist contributed to that popularity. Most sources consider Eddie Van Halen a pioneer of Floyd Rose usage. Other players frequently cited as influential Floyd Rose users are Kirk Hammett, Tom Morello, Allan Holdsworth, Dimebag Darrell, and Synyster Gates.

Check out this video on Tips and Tricks for using a Floyd Rose bridge! 

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