Simple Steps to Restring and Tune a Floyd Rose Guitar Using Roadie

by Alain Abou Atmeh, Nov 13, 2017 . 4 min read

Simple Steps to Restring and Tune a Floyd Rose Guitar Using Roadie

Ah! The Floyd Rose system, one of the most important and most complex inventions in the history of guitar playing. Some love it, some hate it. But at the end of the day, if you want it, you have to learn how to (restring &) tune it!

So, it’s time to restring your Floyd Rose guitar. start by putting it down on a soft surface so you make sure it doesn’t get scratched or damaged. 

Next, have the following tools ready:

– Allen wrench

– New strings

– Wire cutter

– Roadie Tuner as a winder/unwinder & Tuner

Before you start, check the level of your bridge and make sure it’s straight. You have to be ready to tighten or loosen the springs on the backside of your guitar in case the bridge tension isn’t right. Now that you’ve checked your bridge level, you can start with changing the strings one at a time so that (again) you maintain the tension.

Here’s a step by step guide:

    1. Unlock the 1st locking nut bolt on the neck and clip off the low E string (using the wire cutter) right around the 12th fret. Your hand should be far from the fretboard so you don’t damage it.
    2. Loosen the nut on the bridge to get the string out. Be gentle with it until you get the needed tork which might take around 2 to 3 turns to be able to free the string.
    3. Remove the string and take out a new one. It will have a ball at the end of it. use the wire cutter to clip it off along with the winding part of the string.
    4. Feed the string inside the bridge, then detune the relative fine tuner so you can sharpen the new string when you stretch it out later on. Always check your bridge height, if it’s not straight then something’s not right.
    5. Tighten the nut using your allen wrench making sure it isn’t too tight.
    6. Pull the string along the fretboard through the locking nut, then through the post on the headstock.
    7. Wind the string using the wind/unwind feature on Roadie.
    8. Choose your tuning with Roadie (it can be drop tuning, open tuning, standard or other) to tune the low E string. Congrats! You’ve just finished re-stringing and tuning the low E string. The same process applies for the rest of the strings.

Create your own custom tuning:

Now that you have finished re-stringing and tuning all of the strings, it’s time to perfect the tuning process. To program your Roadie to automatically tune accurately to the cent, sharp or flat, check the tuning on the low ‘E’ again: 

Here’s an example of how to create your custom tuning using the Roadie app:

Go to “Tunings” / Select “Guitar” then 6 or 7 strings / Create new tuning.
In this example we’re going to tune all the string a bit flat (because usually when you tighten the locking nuts, the strings tend to go a bit sharp):
E2: – 1 cents
A2: – 2 cents
D3: – 1 cent
G3: – 2 cents
B3: – 3 cents
E4: – 3 cents

After you’re done creating your custom tuning, make sure you sync it with your Roadie 2 (this is only a one-time process).

Keep in mind: Every time you change the tension of one string, the other strings’ tuning changes as well. For that reason, you must keep re-tuning with Roadie until all the strings are at the desired tuning.

Finally, now that the strings are all changed and tuned, stretch them out a bit by pulling them up one by one gently. Lock the nut on the headstock and use the fine tuners to make the final tuning adjustments.

And Voilà!

Enjoy rocking your Floyd Rose!


Get our free Alternate Tunings Guide!

Check out some other similar articles

What do our 5 most popular articles of 2019 have in common? Nothing. That’s because we work really hard on making sure the content we develop for our readers is as diverse as the music world is.

Tamara Habchi
Jan 28, 2020 . 3 min read

New year, New reviews? But wait, before we officially welcome 2020, let’s look back at some of our favorite reviews of 2019.

Tamara Habchi
Jan 8, 2020 . 4 min read

The term guitar tunings may refer to pitch sets other than standard tuning, also called nonstandard, alternative, or alternate.

Alain Abou Atmeh
Jan 6, 2020 . 5 min read

One of the most difficult elements of being a musician is finding your sound. As guitarists, we tend to wear our influences on our sleeves.

Frederik Nielsen
Nov 8, 2019 . 4 min read

How many alternate tunings are there for guitar? A s#$%load. Here are some of the resources I’ve come across when surfing

Frederik Nielsen
Oct 24, 2019 . 3 min read

We work really hard to keep our Roadie users happy and nothing gives us more satisfaction than to release new features that make musicians’ lives better!

Karine Janho
Jun 27, 2019 . 2 min read

Western and non-western civilizations across the globe contain a plethora of various genres of music. Although these cultures aren’t universally on the same page – music is the universal language.

Randall Nashleanas
Jun 21, 2019 . 5 min read

We’ve covered alternate tunings extensively on this blog, and recommended several great songs you can learn to play with new tunings. We’ve even written an entire ebook on it. 

Frederik Nielsen
Jun 19, 2019 . 7 min read

The beauty of being a musician is that the only musician you can be…is you. Jimi Hendrix left-handedly pioneered blues and rock guitar styles of playing with a head full of lucy.

Randall Nashleanas
Jun 10, 2019 . 3 min read

Tuning a 24 String Bass…How long does it take?!

For some people, it’s quite difficult to tune an instrument even with the use of a tuner.

Randall Nashleanas
Jun 7, 2019 . 3 min read

Around 4000 years ago, someone invented a gadget which could create sound using strings forged from the gut of a cow. As time progressed,

Randall Nashleanas
May 31, 2019 . 4 min read

Band Industries, the makers of the Roadie automatic guitar tuners, are excited to announce the launch of their new free tuner app.

Karine Janho
May 27, 2019 . 2 min read

Should you start learning Ukulele? The answer is a definitive yes! Ukuleles are soaring in popularity at the moment

Alec Plowman
May 14, 2019 . 4 min read

Mastodon is a heavy metal guitar masterclass! In the past twenty years or so, Brent Hinds and Bill Kelliher have written some

Alec Plowman
May 13, 2019 . 4 min read

Hello fellow Roadie fans, and welcome to the ultimate guide to guitar tuning! It doesn’t matter if you’re a pro or have never seen a guitar before — this guide covers it all.

Frederik Nielsen
May 8, 2019 . 7 min read

Want to learn metal guitar? Sooner or later, you’ll need to get to grips with downpicking. Downpicking is what makes the James Hetfield

Alec Plowman
May 7, 2019 . 4 min read

Whether you are a beginner or have some experience with guitars, you still may be wondering how to tune a guitar perfectly.

Alain Abou Atmeh
May 2, 2019 . 4 min read

Alternate tunings make life as a guitarist a bit more interesting, as it’s easy to get tired of just being famous all the time. That’s why we cover alternate tuning

Frederik Nielsen
May 1, 2019 . 5 min read

Keith Richards, half man, half cigarette, is the legendary guitarist of The Rolling Stones. Having been in the game for as long as he has,

Frederik Nielsen
Apr 30, 2019 . 3 min read

Drop D tuning is an awesome tool. If you want to write a guitar riff with heaviness, heft and grit, it’s great to have it in your tuning arsenal.

Alec Plowman
Apr 24, 2019 . 3 min read
We'll be bringing you recommended tabs and plenty of interesting quotes from guitar legends along the way!