Setting the Fine Tuner Range
Like the Original Floyd Rose, there are
several situations that will cause the SpeedLoader
fine tuners to run out of range. If this happens
don't panic, the fine tuner range can be reset.
To reset the fine-tuner range, first
engage the tremolo stop and set the bridge position
as described in the "Setting up the SpeedLoader
Tremolo Bridge base plate" section above.
With the base plate set properly and
the tremolo stop properly engaged, you're ready
to set your fine tuner range. If only one or two
of the fine tuners are out of range you may want
to try adjusting them without engaging the tremolo
The first thing you do to reset
the range of all the fine tuners is to position
all the fine tuner screws to the middle of their
One way to do this is to turn the
low "low E" string fine tuner screw all the way
up, then turn the "D" string fine tuner screw
all the way down. Now, position
the "A" string fine tuner screw half-way between
the "E" and the "D" fine tuner screw positions.
Now, leaving the "A" string fine
tuner where you set it, reposition all the other
fine tuner screws to match the height of the "A"
string fine-tuner screw.
You should now have all of the fine-tuner
screws set to the middle of their range. Ignore
the fact that your guitar is now completely out
of tune; we're going to fix that next.
At this point you're ready to tune your
guitar using what I call the range tuner set screw.
You can set your guitar up for standard pitch,
any open tuning, or any drop tuning using the
range-tuner set screw. Remember: do not use the
fine tuner screws to tune the guitar at this point.
A range tuner set screw is located
in the nose of each pivoting saddle.
Using a 1.5mm Allen wrench and the
range tuner set screw, tune your guitar to any
tuning you desire. You can increase the pitch
of a given string by turning the set screw clockwise,
and decrease the pitch of the string by turning
the set screw counter-clockwise. (Remember not
to use the fine tuner screws for this tuning.)
Now that you have tuned your guitar to
the tuning you want, the bridge should be properly
set-up, and the fine tuners should be set to the
middle of their range.
The way your guitar is set up now is
what is called a "blocked" setup. This means that
the tremolo can be used for dive effects but you
can't pull up on the arm for up-bends. You can
leave your guitar the way it is, or you can disengage
the tremolo stop to return the tremolo to what
is called a "floating" setup. However, before
you return the bridge to a floating condition,
you might want to check your intonation. If your
intonation needs adjusting, go to the "Setting
your intonation" section below.
If you're ready to float the tremolo,
check your tuning one last time and make any needed
adjustments using the range-tuner set screw. Then,
back the tremolo stop set screw away from the
spring block. This will cause the bridge to tilt
back toward the body of the guitar and all the
strings will go sharp. This is normal.
You must now retune the guitar, this time
using a Phillips screwdriver to turn the spring-claw
screws counter-clockwise to loosen the spring
tension. (If you added an extra spring to pull
the spring block against the tremolo stop screw,
you should remove it first.)
The good news is that you only have
to retune one string. Pluck the string you want
to tune (I usually tune the "A" string for this
procedure) and then, while watching the tuner,
loosen first one claw screw then the other claw
screw the same amount.
Check the tuning and repeat until the
string is in tune. When you get the string you
chose in tune, the other strings will be in tune.
This assumes that all the strings were in tune
before you released the tremolo stop.