I bought a Licenced Floyd Rose Bridge on ebay at a very cheap price new as it looked good.

After installing it on my guitar I am having tuning problems with it as it goes out of tune whenever I do dives etc.

I am guessing it's just a crappy one but could it be the installation?

I am thinking of ordering an Original Floyd Rose but it's not cheap so I thought I'd ask first.

Are there good licenced Floyd rose alternatives or is my best option to buy the an original floyd rose?

p.s: I use the tremolo a lot.


  • Questions about purchase recommendations are off topic here, but diagnosing and repairing problems with your instrument are generally OK. So you may want to edit your question to refocus on the problems with the bridge you have, or the community may put the question on hold. May 24, 2014 at 21:48
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    I think this is okay. It's much more focused than a typical "shopping recommendation" question.
    – NReilingh
    May 25, 2014 at 0:30

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"Floyd Rose Licensed" basically just means that the manufacturer has paid a licensing fee to the Floyd Rose company so as to not infringe upon Floyd Rose's patents. The trem could be made of stale chewing gum; as long as it is based upon the Floyd Rose design, it must be licensed.

So, chances are, if you bought a dirt-cheap trem on eBay, it's going to behave like it was dirt cheap. The fabricator is still what you need to go by in terms of your expectation of quality.

The Floyd Rose company themselves of course makes a full line of tremolos; their website also contains a page about how to tell a genuine trem from a licensed one.

I generally wouldn't trust a "Floyd Rose Licensed" trem that didn't have a known brand associated with it. For example, Ibanez is an established guitar manufacturer, and many of their Edge tremolo designs are or were subject to the Floyd Rose patents, and as such were Floyd Rose Licensed tremolos. I personally have an ESP guitar with a Licensed tremolo that I've never had any problems with, though it appears that now they actually throw genuine Floyd Rose tremolos on their current models.

It's also worth noting that the original Floyd Rose patent expired in 2003, so tremolos based on the original design don't need to say "Floyd Rose Licensed" on them in the first place.

So at the end of the day "Floyd Rose Licensed" is effectively meaningless in terms of quality. If you need something reliable, you should probably make an investment in a trem from a reputable parts manufacturer.

  • Just to add: don't buy cheap guitar parts ever. Especially from eBay. eBay is ok, but their cheaper listings are not.
    – Kyle
    May 26, 2014 at 9:53
  • To second this comment, you get what you pay for. Oct 27, 2014 at 2:38

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