General Fitment Questions:
The Sophia 2:92 and Sophia 2:22 series are designed specifically to meet the now vintage 80’s standards of the Fender® Two-Point Tremolo and the Original Floyd Rose® [OFR] in view of the original and, later, larger Pro tremolo pockets including the routings/stud placement, etc — the historical standards.
There are many “licensed Floyd Rose” tremolos that vary cosmetically and otherwise from this standard — CSL builds to include as many as possible.
The GT and GT Pro are larger and, prefer, like any oversized upgrade block, a larger or Pro Pocket for general fitment or upward pull — we cannot verify every “licensed Floyd Rose” tremolo/guitar setup to the OFR spec.
Macro-Tuner and Deluxe Bridge elements string loading Questions:
CSL Macro-tuners and Deluxe Bridge elements feature through the tail-end using the ball end or threading the plain end through the .078″ nose slot before clamping.
String Installation from the Tuner Knob
Tested: Up to .054 [starting with a common plain end] through the macro-tuners’s knobs easily — the larger the diameter, for the wound strings, the greater the benefit of plain ends on the wound strings for string threading.
Not all manufactures provide the plain end on the wound strings — .050 without a plain end is a bit difficult, but can be done, especially with a slight bend in the end of the string as discussed ….
String Installation from the nose slot :
Using the plain end of a .075 string through the nose slot is pretty much the limit:
1) Cut plain-end to about 1 inch
2) *** Thread set screw out to its limit and then thread back in slightly to allow unrestricted movement with the tuner konb ***
3) Use the tuner knob to thread the inner tunning pin away from the IP
4) Insert plain end through string slot, toward the knob, positioning end within clamp mechanism
5) Holding the string in position, use the tuner knob to thread inner tuning pin towards the IP — moving the string within the clamp with it….
6) Once the setscrew is visible/in position, clamp the string and tune.
What radius does CSL offer on their tremolos?
CSL Sophia tremolos come with a 14” radius — the Individual saddles are supported by pre-determined tiers to provide:
1) maximum contact between the saddles and the base plate for an enhanced clarity and sustain —
2) since all the saddles are the same size, there is an added accoustic benefit that varied sizing of OFR saddles does not provide —
In order to preserve this greater advantage, shims are required.
Commonly found OFR tremolo shims will fit with minor modification — next shipment of US stock should include them “in the box” with the other upgraded CSL accessories.
Integrated Spring Blocks/Global Tuner/Global Tuner Pro Questions:
Does it go out of tune when you break a string?
The CSL Integrated Spring Blocks and Global Tuners offer a built-in TremStop that can be set up [with tighter tremolo springs] to hold pitch if a string breaks — there is no upward pitch bending in this setup.
The Global Tuner Pro include Dual Stabilizers that reinforce the tremolo at initial position [determined during setup] — the Dual Stabilizers are adjustable not only for the contact position per guitar but also for firmness — the trem returns accurtely from both up and down.
The Global Tuner Pro will stabilize the other strings when you change the E string to D on the Drop Tuner — accurate within a few cents/variable by firmness.
CSL also offers a heavier internal spring that can increase the firmness — all the same, at the firmest of settings, since it is a floating setup, the other strings will go sharp.
The blocks fit OFR and are sold seperately as well.
Why do you stabilize the Drop Tuner?
Going to D from E with the Drop Tuner decreases string tension enough so that the tremolo springs throw the other remaining strings sharp enough to be annoying unless you put in a traditional hard stop so the tremolo will not tilt back.
The Drop Tuner arrangement benifits from the Global Tuner Pro since the Dual Stabilizers can be setup to keep the tremolo in position within a few cents, depending on the firmenss used, etc., when the sixth string pitch is changed that whole tone and back.
Using the Global Tuner Pro this way will ensure stable up and down bends as well as firmer chording, more like a non-tremolo guitar…..
The Integrated Spring Blocks and the “S” models featuring the Global Tuner [regular] include a TremStop and can be set up for a Stopped mode by extending the spring holder to the body — see http://cslsophia.com/integrated-spring-blocks/
The setscrew affects coupling/tone of the instrument — check it out.
What’s the CSL Intonation Extender Plate for and can I take it out?
The CSL Intonation Extender Plate is 2mm thick and is placed between the base plate and spring block to extend the intonation [OFR uses 1mm reinforcement arrangement].
Accordingly. there is a 1mm differential between OFR and CSL in the distance from the bottom of the base plate and the end of the spring block…
Using the same size spring blocks, 32, 37 or 42mm, the CSL tremolos with a Global Tuner / GT Pro extend about 2mm further — if your instrument can be intonated without the plate, it can be removed.