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Floyd Rose Trem Block Hack

This hack involves blocking off your Floyd Rose Style Tremolo. Its a simple modification that locks you trem in effect converting it to a fixed position bridge. This is an mod and is completely reversible in a matter of minutes. 

Pros:

  • Better tuning stability.

  • Easier to change strings.

  • Easier to tune.

Cons:

  • No More Tremolo (No more dive-bombing)

Time to Complete: 30 minutes

Tools and Materials:

  • Tape Measure or Ruler

  • Block of Hard Wood

  • Some kind of saw (Band Saw, Circular Saw, Chop Saw, Hand Saw)

  • Sandpaper

Step 1:

Remove the backing plate from your guitar's trem cavity.

Step 2:

Using your tape measure or ruler, measure the length, width, height, and depth of the space behind your tremolo. (between the tremolo's sustain block and the wall of the cavity.

Step 3:

Use those dimensions to cut a piece of hardwood that will fit snugly within that opening. (This will take time to get just right, but it will be worth it.)

*If you cut the block too thin and it moves around, no problem. Just place the block in the cavity, and use a phillips head screwdriver to loosen the spring claw. This will allow the trem to settle against the block of wood, trapping it in place.)

 

Step 4:

Even if you cut the perfect fitting block, you can make it even better by loosening the springs so the tremolo traps that block against the body of the guitar. You can then retune.

Step 5:

Once your block of wood is fit, just retune your axe and test out the trem. It should be good and solid. Whenever you want to use the trem again, just remove the block of wood. Easy!

Congratulations, you just blocked you Floyd Rose Style bridge.