Thanks to everyone who has been voting on the sound samples for the different bridges! I will keep the poll open, but since I happen to agree with the results at the time of writing, and since I have new findings, I will reveal the results.
- Bridge 1 = Ball bearing
- Bridge 2 = Original Floyd Rose
- Bridge 3 = Stainless steel knife
First of all, I am not disappointed. Why, you might ask? Read on… Secondly, this is for one guitar, and a pretty unique one at that. The material, for instance, is jeluton, which is not commonly regarded a tone-wood. Other guitars will render different results. Furthermore, I selected two tones more or less at random, but other tones will give different results. The distorted tone is the one that decided for me, and for most other voters that have commented on or off-line. It was just more complex and “tight” with the F-R.
Anyway, I got my hardened steel knives back and discovered that they made quite a (positive, I think) difference to the sound as well. So, I went on and made three new tremolo spring blocks to examine all avenues and see what might have tipped things in the F-R’s favor. So, here are three new sound samples. All use the hardened knife and one is with an aluminum block, one is with a brass block and one is with a steel block. I also made a stainless steel block, but have not had time to test it yet.
To make things more interesting, I will raffle off a black fixed bridge (i.e. a set of 6 tuners) to the voter who can identify correctly which is aluminium, brass and steel respectively. I will announce the results on Feb 1, 2009. If more than one has a correct answer, the coolest project will win, so please let me know how you plan to use the bridge if you win it. Submit your entries via e-mail only please.
And one more thing: obviously, some of the ergonomic aspects are lessened with the other spring blocks. Here are the weights:
- Aluminium = 43 grams
- Steel = 124 grams
- Brass = 132 grams