Setting up the bridge plate
The proper set-up of the SpeedLoader Tremolo Bridge
looks exactly like a properly set-up Original Floyd
Rose Tremolo Bridge. By the way, the SpeedLoader
Tremolo will retrofit an Original Floyd quite easily.
The first thing you'll want to do is
check to see if the top surface of the base plate
of the bridge is sitting parallel to the top surface
of the guitar.
If the base plate appears to be tilted
forward away from the top surface of the guitar
or tilted back closer to the top of the guitar,
then an adjustment should be made.
To level the base plate, first take
the spring cover plate off the back of the guitar.
Inside the spring cavity you should
find a tremolo stop.
If this part is missing, stop right
here and get one installed by a qualified guitar
repairman. Call us at 732-918-7001 for this part. Depending
on the guitar you purchased, the tremolo stop
may or may not be engaged with the spring block. We will assume it is not engaged
and show you how to engage it. Take
the 3mm Allen wrench and turn the set screw
until the set screw touches the spring block.
Now, tighten the springs with the spring
claw screws so the spring block is pulled tightly
against the set screw.
Another way to pull the spring block
against the tremolo stop set screw is to add another
spring to the spring block and claw. Using this
method is preferred because it will be easier
to re-float the tremolo after setting up the bridge.
Now check the base plate position.
If it is not parallel to the face of the guitar
body, turn the set screw until the base plate
After you get the base plate parallel,
check your string action. If your strings are
too high or to low for you, adjust the action
with the two rocker screws, using a 3mm Allen
wrench until the action is where you like it.
When you get the base plate parallel
with the face of the guitar, the action properly
adjusted, and the tremolo stop firmly engaged
with the spring block, you are ready to set the
fine tuner range or intonate the guitar.
These procedures follow.