Updated by Bobby
Updated on October 27th, 2023
Removed all references to the Ibanez Edge systems to focus entirely on Floyd Rose hardware.
August 24th, 2023: Jackson Pro Series Dinky DK Modern Ash FR7 has been marked discontinued. Everything else (as of this date) is still in production.
February 28th, 2022: Removed Mick Thomson Jackson Soloist and replaced it with the Gibson Custom Les Paul Axcess. Updated Ibanez language to include Edge and Lo Pro Edge bridges. Thanks to Tyler, in the comments.
I've always been a fan of the Floyd Rose locking tremolo system.
That type of flexibility and tuning stability is impossible to replicate in a traditional tremolo bridge, which is why the Floyd Rose has become a must for many lead guitar players who specialize in whammy bar use and high-end lead technique. It has also given way to a handful of imitation locking tremolo systems, including the Edge Zero by Ibanez, which functions - and appears - nearly the same as a full Floyd Rose.
In this article we're looking at the best electric guitars specifically with Floyd Rose locking tremolo systems installed.
Best Electric Guitars with a Floyd Rose
Since Floyd Rose is its own company, we see them show up in a number of different electric guitar brands as third-party hardware. These are our top 15 picks.
Fender Player Stratocaster HSS with Floyd Rose
PRS DW CE 24 Floyd
PRS SE Custom 24 Floyd
ESP LTD EC-1000FR
Schecter Avenger FR S Apocalypse
Schecter C-1 FR-S Apocalypse
Fender Limited Edition HM Strat
EVH Striped Series Frankenstein Relic
Schecter Hellraiser C-1 FR-S
Schecter Banshee Mach-7
Jackson Pro Series Dinky DK Modern Ash FR7 (discontinued)
Washburn Nuno Bettencourt N4 Authentic Signature
Schecter Damien Platinum 6 FR
Schecter Reaper-6 FR-S
Gibson Custom Les Paul Axcess
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Common Floyd Rose Brands
As we mentioned, Floyd Rose hardware can and has shown up in a wide variety of electric guitar brands. However, there are a few guitar makers that have shown to be more inclusive of the tremolo system over the years. They include - but are not limited to - the following:
- ESP LTD
Again, there are other brands that use Floyd Rose systems, but these are the bigger names that most guitar-savvy people will recognize.
Possible to mod a non-Floyd Rose guitar?
Another question that comes up: Is it possible to mod and non-Floyd Rose guitar to fit that kind of bridge and tremolo system? In most cases, this is something I would recommend staying away from, just because it's almost always going to be a heavy modification with a lot of cutting into the original guitar's body, especially if there was just a stop-bar there to begin with.
You'll also spend a pretty large amount of money for the modification and the bridge itself, even if you make it a DIY project.
For most, we'd recommend buying the guitar and the Floyd Rose in the same package, already put together.
All of the guitars in these two tables provide the functionality and experience of a locking tremolo system. As we come across electric guitars we like that have these bridges, we'll list them here and expand both tables.
Questions or Suggestions
In the meantime: If you know of a guitar with a Floyd Rose system that you think is worth including in this list, feel free to drop it in the comments section below and I'll take a look. You can also leave questions about the guitars already listed. Talk to you there.
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