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