Fix Your Gui­tar

Keep it sim­ple with TG’S guide to bal­anc­ing float­ing, two-point style vi­bratos

Total Guitar - - CONTENTS - Words: Jack El­lis

Vi­bratos are great when they’re work­ing but a night­mare if you don’t look af­ter them. This guide cov­ers how to bal­ance a USA Fender Deluxe Two-point Strat vi­brato, but the prin­ci­ples are the same for Floyd Rose de­signs and sim­i­lar for six-screw Strat vi­bratos.

The orig­i­nal six-screw ‘syn­chro­nised tremolo’ was a Fender de­sign but the Deluxe vi­brato was keep­ing up with the Floyd Rose ver­sion whilst main­tain­ing a more tra­di­tional look. It’s an up­grade on the old-style Strat vi­brato, which had six wood screws at­tach­ing the vi­brato plate to the body. The two posts when com­bined with a knife edge means much less fric­tion – and, trust us, fric­tion is the en­emy with vi­bratos!

Maybe you changed string gauge? Or drop tuned and now the vi­brato is out of whack? This guide will save you go­ing around in cir­cles.

Watch out for the tuningup stage too, which you could find tricky – that’s the curse of the float­ing vi­brato!

Top Tip! Try

bal­anc­ing so your vi­brato

that when far it’s pulled back enough to

touch the the sec­ond body, string bends

up a semi­tone the and third s tring

up atone

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