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Posts made in January, 2009


Posted by on Jan 21, 2009 in Articles & Tutorials, Sound Samples

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...

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Posted by on Jan 19, 2009 in Articles & Tutorials, Sound Samples

Please help me decide which bridge sounds the best. The samples below are recorded using a Line6 GuitarPort using Windows Vista Sound Recorder. The tones used are “Mr. Clean” with Gate and Compressor turned off and Drive turned all the way down, and “80’s Metal Rythm”. Again, the bridges have been mounted on “Red Devil” (see Gallery). One of the samples is the original Floyd-Rose, one is the EGS tremolo with a stainless knife and one is with ball bearings. One of the clean samples has a volume increase that I cannot explain – try to just listen to the sound qualities. Bridge 1: clean1 / dist1 Bridge 2: clean2 / dist2 Bridge 3: clean3 / dist3 [poll...

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Up-Hill Battle

Posted by on Jan 18, 2009 in Articles & Tutorials, Product Images

I am continuing to struggle with the hardened fulcrum knives. It’s been to the point where I have devised a different design, relying on ball bearings instead. I have tried two versions of bearings: one with steel balls and one with ceramic. The results to date are inconclusive, but I think that the response of the strings (i.e. sound) is significantly better with the knife edge. Having said that, I want them more durable in a product. Here is the hardened version that I just received, after only a few minutes of playing: And the ball-bearing prototype: I have returned the hardened knives to the manufacturer, hoping that there is something that can be done to improve the performance. I will try to organize some comparative sound samples of knife vs. ball-bearing to see if the difference is real or...

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Silver Tounge

Posted by on Jan 2, 2009 in Articles & Tutorials, Product Images

I have spent some more time with the camera and Photoshop to create the pictures for the products page. Here is the silver version of the tremolo. Note that it is possible to use silver knobs of course. And here are some of the color choices. Aside from black and silver, they are available at a small extra...

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