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Say Whatever You Will About The Floyd Rose Tremolo

The fact is it is still the best straight ahead Rock n' Roll tremolo on the market. Ugly and cumbersome as it may be it's the only one that really stays in tune.


Just because it say's Floyd Rose on it doesn't mean it's the real McCoy.

There are probably 50 companies manufacturing Floyd Rose Style Tremolos, Most of them will obtain a license from Floyd.

The fact that they have purchased a license and are paying Floyd a royalty does not mean that they have to build it as well as Floyd. 

In fact I have never seen another one that I like as well as the Original Floyd except the one that Hamer used in the mid 80's.  The ones that Jackson, Charvel, BC Rich, Peavey & Ernie Ball use are usually Korean or Japanese impostors.

Floyd Rose Tremolo's have gotten some bad press over the past 10 years because of cheap Asian impostors. Like I said above, there are many companies who have legally licensed the name but haven't built the unit up to the standard of the original German manufactured unit. The original units are case hardened. They don't wear on the pivot points like the cheaper ones do. This means that they really do stay in tune. The Floyd Rose Tremolo utilizes over 15 patents and it is my understanding that Floyd doesn't necessarily license out all of the patents.

When the main patent ran out finally after a 17 year stint. Floyd decided to lower the price to make it impossible for the competition to eat his lunch.

Never let it be said that Floyd Rose is short on intelligence. Floyd is probably one of the smartest people in the industry today.

My prices are definitely the lowest you will find anywhere. If you find a lower price, I will beat it. Just like any other standard product I carry. If you find a better price on a Gibson, PRS, Gretsch or any other standard issue item I will always beat it.  (See My Price Guarantee)

Ed Roman

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A tremolo arm, tremolo bar, is a commonly misused term for a Vibrato arm on a guitar (sometimes called a whammy bar). Eddie Van Halen calls it a wiggle stick, It consists of a lever attached to the bridge and/or the tailpiece of an electric guitar or archtop guitar to enable the player to quickly vary the tension and sometimes the length of the strings temporarily, changing the pitch to create a vibrato, portamento or pitch bend effect.
Instruments without this device are called hard-tail. The term vibrola is also used by some guitar makers to describe their particular tremolo arm designs.
The tremolo arm began as a mechanical device for more easily producing the vibrato effects that blues and jazz guitarists had long produced on arch top guitars by manipulating the tailpiece with their picking hand. However, it has also made many sounds possible that could not be produced by the old technique, such as the 1980s-era shred guitar "dive bombing" effect.
Since the regular appearance of mechanical tremolo arms in the 1950s, they have been used by many guitarists, ranging from the gentle inflections of Chet Atkins to the exaggerated twang effects of early rocker Duane Eddy to the buoyant effects of surf music aficionados like The Ventures and Dick Dale to art rock innovator Frank Zappa.

In the 1960s and '70s, vibrato arms were used for more pronounced effects by the psychedelic guitarist Jimi Hendrix , Pink Floyd guitarist David Gilmour and Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page. In the 1980s, shred guitar virtuosi such as Edward Van Halen , Joe Satriani and Steve Vai, and metal guitarists ranging from Brian May to thrashers like Kirk Hammett used the "whammy bar" in a range of metal-influenced styles. The pitch-bending effects, whether subtle inflections or exaggerated effects, have become an important part of many styles of electric guitar.
Despite their common names, these devices cannot produce tremolo in the normal sense of the word, but can be used to produce vibrato, while the vibrato units used by electric guitarists generally produce a tremolo effect, rather than vibrato.