The Floyd Rose bridge is a completely different altogether. It is important to have this bridge set up properly before trying to adjust the intonation. Otherwise, you may have to adjust the intonation again after you set the bridge up properly. The Floyd Rose Bridge is far more time consuming to set the intonation. On a traditional Floyd Rose bridge, the strings are placed inside of the saddles and secured with a setscrew that clamps the string in place.
On a Floyd Rose bridge, the entire saddle piece is anchored to the bridge with a screw that rides in a slot notched in the saddle. To move the saddle toward or away from the fretboard, you will have to loosen the tension on the string then loosen the screw that holds the saddle on the body.
Once the screw is loosened, you can slide the saddle back and forth. After you have adjusted the saddle toward or away from the fretboard, you can tighten the screw and bring the string back up to pitch and check the intonation. To set the intonation on a Floyd Rose bridge, follow these steps:
- Tune the guitar to pitch with a tuner.
- Adjust the truss rod to straighten the neck.
- Tune the guitar with a tuner again after the neck is straightened.
- Make sure the Floyd Rose Bridge is properly set up. For more information about setting up a Floyd Rose bridge, please see the Floyd Rose bridge set up page.
- Hold the guitar as if you were playing it. Gravity pulls on the strings differently as the guitar is oriented different ways. You want to set the intonation in the position you will be playing the guitar.
- Check the harmonic on the 12th fret and the fretted note on the 12th fret with a tuner. Both of these notes should be the same–the tuner’s needle should not move at all when the notes are played back to back.
- Once you have an idea, which way the saddle needs to be adjusted, toward or away from the fretboard, loosen the tension on the strings.
- Use an allen wrench to loosen the screw that attaches the saddle to the bridge.
- Push the saddle toward or away from the fretboard and tighten the screw that clamps the saddle to the bridge.
- Bring the string back up to pitch.
- Put the guitar back in playing position and replay the fretted and harmonic notes in a tuner to see if more adjustment is necessary.
Repeat steps 6 through 11 until both the fretted and harmonic notes are in tune on all of the strings.
As you can see, the Floyd Rose bridge can take some time to adjust the intonation. That is why you want to make sure the bridge is properly set up before you start the intonation adjustment. You don’t want to have to adjust the intonation twice. There will be more to follow on the Floyd Rose. Till next time!