Floyd Rose Bridge, Locking Nut and Changing Your Strings

20131215184822eddie 2For this article a few ideas about how to change your strings for guitars using a Floyd Rose bridge and a locking nut.

Most guitar players will cut the ball end of their strings and attach this end of the string to the locking mechanism at the bridge, they will then tune up the string the regular way. This is a good method and works perfectly well. What about when you break a string?

On most Floyd Rose bridges the string tends to break at the bridge, just like with any other type of bridge. The advantage of the Floyd Rose system is: Break a string, and just reattach that same string where it broke off. All you need is a string which is long enough to reach to your bridge. Instead of cutting the ball end of the string keep it there: Thread the string through tuning post with ball end remaining at the end of tuning post. The clear end of the string is the end you use to attach to the locking mechanism of the bridge. There are a few advantages to this: You do not need a wire cutter to cut of the ball end and you can reuse the string once it breaks. Disadvantage is you have a lot of string left over at the headstock, they can make a bit of a mess. You can wrap them up and stick the remaining bits underneath the strings which come from to tuning peg going to the locking nut.

Most strings tend to break during string bending and whilst using the tremolo bridge, it is just the nature of strings as they loose their flexibility over time. String bending and moving the tremolo bridge up and down does also wear out the strings quicker. Sometimes strings break because there are sharp edges on the nut-or bridge end. These sharp edges appear just as a normal sign of wear and tear from the strings moving over bridge, nut,  frets and fretboard.

Good luck and hope to catch you soon again.