I guess it is just tradition but why can we not have a stratocaster with a floyd rose or a Ibanez with a Bigsby?

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    There are plenty of strats with floyd rose trems. I don't know if Fender have ever made any or they're all after market modifications. – Dave Halsall Jan 6 '16 at 12:42
  • You can BYO (build your own) axe out of just about any set of parts (bridge, pickups, mixers, etc) you like. More fun that way :-) – Carl Witthoft Jan 6 '16 at 12:51
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    Googling Stratocaster Floyd Rose got me many many results – Shevliaskovic Jan 6 '16 at 13:12
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    Ibanez currently makes Bigsby-equipped guitars as a standard feature! So we totally can have both Strats with Floyd Rose and Ibanezes with Bigsbys. Looks like Fender makes Strats with Floyd Rose available from the factory also! (The Fender page isn't working where I am right now). What made you think otherwise? – Todd Wilcox Jan 6 '16 at 13:26
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    The question is misguided, as both these exist, both in manufacturer-approved, and aftermarket versions – Doktor Mayhem Jan 7 '16 at 14:13

Guitars, generally (with a few notable exceptions) follow the trends of the manufacturers.

Ibanez is known for making "high gain" and metal guitars, much more than their awesome takes on Strats and Teles. In general, metal guitars in the past usually exclusively used Floyd Roses, however that's starting to change with the advent of hardtail bridges as we get heavier and heavier gauges of strings and lower tunings.

Fender is known to not shy away from what they know. They've been making essentially the same guitars for the past 60 years without much modifications. That's usually why you won't see a Floyd Rose on a Strat unless it's a Dave Murray Strat (or something bought in the 80's where they installed Floyds on nearly everything). But that's not to keep you from putting one on. You'll need to do some body modifications (routing and post hole relocation) to get it done, though.

There are no rules to music or guitar, but you'll find (like in middle school) the cliques will keep to themselves and there's not a lot of crossover. You want a Bigsby on an Ibanez? Floyd on a Strat? go for it.


Your question is invalid. You could have found this out with a simple Google search.

At the present time, Fender sells several models that come with a Floyd Rose.

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Ibanez also sells several models with a Bigsby-style tremolo, if not one that is actually made by the Bigsby company. You could easily swap a genuine Bigsby for the Ibanez tremolo on one of these guitars.

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If you have an existing Fender Stratocaster, the Warmoth company can sell you a replacement body that is custom-routed for a Floyd Rose tremolo. You can transfer and install all the other parts from your Fender Stratocaster onto the new Warmoth body, and install a Floyd Rose instead of the stock Fender tremolo.

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