About Floyd Rose

About Floyd Rose

Early Life And Influences

In 1963, a 15-year-old Floyd Rose picked up his first guitar, a Harmony, and an old tweed Fender amp. A year later, Floyd’s family moved from Durango, Colorado to Reno, Nevada, and he received his first tremolo-equipped guitar, a 1964 Fender Jazzmaster. Having grown up a fan of the Beach Boys and the Ventures, he found himself making ample use of his whammy bar, which More...

Innovation And Evolution

One evening, while casually watching TV after a particularly aggravating rehearsal in a freezing-cold storage unit, Floyd noticed that the windings of his E string slid across the nut when the tremolo arm was depressed. Curious if this could be the source of the problem, he marked the string at the nut, and then used the tremolo arm; as he expected, even after minimal use, the More...

Artist Endorsement Leads The Way

After creating the initial models, Floyd finally had a highly-developed piece of original hardware, and began showing and talking up his new system to friends like Randy Hansen, an extremely talented Hendrix impersonator, but Randy challenged Floyd that he could put it out of tune... More...

Floyd Rose Today

Floyd’s innovations continue to this day. In 2003, he released the SpeedLoader Tremolo System which used the same priciple of his namesake locking tremolo design but using pretuned proprietary strings. In development since 1991, the system cut down the player's restringing time from 10 minutes or more to under 30 seconds More...

Continuing Innovation

In addition to the locking tremolo system, named by Guitar World one of the “10 Most Earth Shaking Guitar Innovations,” one of Floyd’s more recent innovations is the SpeedLoader, a modified tremolo system which allows users to change strings faster than players with standard guitar bridges; professionals can change all six in under a minute. More...