SG with a Floyd Rose?

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Big Sabbath/Iommi fan, but somehow I'd never noticed that one of his SG's had been outfitted with a Floyd Rose. Was watching a live concert tonight (Wacken 2009) and caught it when they played the first song, Mob Rules. I'd have thought an SG to be a bit thin body wise to do an install, but there it is!
 

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That looks more like a Kahler than a Floyd to me.
 

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Hard to get a good look at the trem on that vid. To me, it doesn’t look like a Floyd or a Kahler, but it is hard to tell. A Floyd tone block would be too deep for an SG body, but trem blocks can be machined down.
 

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looks like a floyd to me....from what little you can see of it. He never moves his damn hand!
 

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It IS tough to catch a good glimpse for sure. At 2:08-2:12 I was trying to see if I saw the standard locking nut hardware. Bar itself sure looks to be the shape of a Floyd bar. Appreciate the extra sets of eyes...I'm gonna look around and see if there's a gear tech breakdown somewhere that mentions it.
 

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I just saw Tesla and they were absolutely amazing. The original guitar player has an SG with a Floyd and he knows how to use it.

The Floyd feels very heavy and stiff to me. I play PRS guitars when I need a tremolo. Their tremolos feel way more light than a Floyd Rose. A PRS feels like a Gibson to me…almost.
 

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Floyd’s and their locking nut seem to deprive the tone of depth, and my original ‘61 SG hasn’t much total depth to start with. I think I’ll leave it as it is.
 

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Its got a wiggle stick for sure....

But damn was that a good show - have not watched it in ages
 

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Floyd’s and their locking nut seem to deprive the tone of depth, and my original ‘61 SG hasn’t much total depth to start with. I think I’ll leave it as it is.
I don't hear any tone robbing from a good build Floyd style trem at all....
 

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I just saw Tesla and they were absolutely amazing. The original guitar player has an SG with a Floyd and he knows how to use it.

The Floyd feels very heavy and stiff to me. I play PRS guitars when I need a tremolo. Their tremolos feel way more light than a Floyd Rose. A PRS feels like a Gibson to me…almost.
Floyds usually don't appear on SGs (and Kahlers only occasionally) -- the skinny body on most SGs makes it difficult to install a Floyd.

Floyds can feel heavy and stiff or light and rubbery -- it really depends on the strings and springs used.
 

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Iommi's White SG for Mob Rules is Floyd equipped.

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Floyd also makes the FRX unit, which is top mounted...

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FR equipped SG's are somewhat rare.

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I have a “partscaster” Strat put together with God only knows what parts — but it plays and sounds great! I had a desire for a brass spring block or tone block, or whatever it is called. I found one used at a great price at a local music store. Great, except the block was too long to fit within the trem cavity without sticking out the back. The body was too thin for it. So I took measurements, did some marking, and ground the block down with a compressor driven hand grinder. All worked out fine, and is working and sounding great over a decade later.
 

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