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Sunday, June 26, 2011

Apa maksud "floating" bridge dan Floyd Rose pada sesebuah gitar?

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To many players out there, a floating bridge is equivalent to the Floyd Rose locking unit as it allows one to raise & lower the played notes. The fallacy here is that a floating bridge need not be a Floyd Rose model & the Floyd Rose bridge itself comes in a version which doesn't 'float' (ala Van Halen's).

A floating bridge is common reference for a bridge unit which allows the whammy action to lower & raise notes as previously mentioned. The pic above shows my Fender Highway 1 bridge which is neither a Floyd Rose unit nor a locking variant; it's Fender's traditional Strat bridge. I've set it up to such an extent it rests in an overhanging position, not levelled against the body surface. This way, I can lower the notes & raise them as the need arises. This is how a non-Floyd Rose bridge floats, just as preferred by Stevie Ray Vaughan in his belated 'Number 1' Strat.

So the term 'floating' refers to how the bridge rests to allow a dual-whammy application, regardless of it's a Floyd Rose unit or otherwise.
 

Floyd Rose

Many of us are aware the 'Floyd Rose' name refers to a (locking) guitar bridge capable of lowering & raising (vibrato) the generated pitch. Floyd Rose is itself a brand name, it is not referring to the component's technical capacity. However, we conveniently refer to 'Floyd Rose' as a bridge type instead because many of us find it a chore to explain what this hardware is capable of. The product reputation is such that the brand name itself comprehensively explains what it does.

Ibanez Edge

There are many guitars out there equipped with a dual action bridge ala Floyd Rose but they are by no means a product of the brand name. Ibanez's bridges in many of their guitars feature a Floyd Rose derivative which equal the former in function & features, if not furthering the details of the original. The Edge model (pre-2003, currently discont'd except for selected models), depicted above, is a very close spin-off which allegedly exceeded the Floyd Rose version in selected attainments.

I am not trying to polarize players into believing in brand name superiority, but let's be careful when we tell others we are off-loading a guitar with a Floyd Rose bridge when what's in store is a copy/ derivative unit instead. This may be trivial to many of us until the situation takes a legal turn... 
 

Harap-harap dapat difahami. Kalau tak faham, ayuh kita diskas lagi.

4 comments:

devourment of souls said...

dah lama aku nak cari info pasal floyd rose, tak paham2.. apsal gitar kapok aku takde aaa??? pueh aku belek2.. tak jumpa..

ihsan_huhu said...

fuh satu pon aku xpaham

Ijau D. Koceng said...

aku guna "jambatan terapung" edge-III (ibanez), xpnh ada masalah setakat ni

Dr. Ben said...

DoS,

gitar kapok juga yang mencipta riffs terhebat di negara kita haha...

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ihsan,

budak2 memang tak paham.

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ijau,

fixed bridge rules hehe