My Jackson came with a Floyd Rose Special and it's very special, just not in any good way !
It's black and the replacement i want is also gloss black.
I've seen a Gotoh Floyd Kit here in the UK for £130 and it looks really good. I've read that they are as good as, if not better than an OFR but that aside, it looks easily good enough for me.
Can anyone tell me will a Gotoh Floyd work with FR posts or will i have to use the Gotoh posts it comes with to work properly? The coarse thread on the Gotoh posts looks very different to the fine thread on the FR posts and if i have to use the Gotoh posts it will mean pulling the inserts which i want to avoid if i can. Also the Gotoh posts are the locking type, unlike the FR. Does this really make much difference?
As well as not wanting to pull the inserts, the other reason I ask is I wanted to order some Titanium Posts from FR,...........which is my second question....
Will using a steel base plate against a Titanium post cause any problems? The Titanium is coated with a low friction surface and they claim 12,000 cycles with no visible wear in testing, but that is with the Titanium base plate. Would the Steel against Titanium cause the base plate to wear quickly?
The Gotoh baseplate has one knife edge in the 'Half Moon' shape as a normal FR does on the treble side but the one on the bass side is an L shape. Is this to overcome slight differences in mounting post distances or is there some other benefit to it? It looks fine i'm just really curious.
If anyone's got some past experience or solid advice with this it would be great to hear about it.
The gotoh is 3mm longer (not including locking screws) and 3mm deeper (40mm block to 37). It might drop in. If not, it won't take much to get it to (but you may not be able to get your back plate on; I can't on my jackson dinky with a gotoh). The posts on the special seem to be 9mm, so the 8mm gotohs will work.
Look up the dimensions and compare. I just had a glance. You have the same google as us.
Don't get excited about titanium. Hardened steel is harder. In anything where strength to weight ratio isn't important or where corrosion is not a massive factor, titanium is worse than most decent hardened steels. It's just marketing bullshit for people that don't know anything about it. No offence or anything.
Yes, the L shaped knife edge is for incorrect or odd post spacing. The min distance on the gotoh is 74mm (standard), the special is 74.5mm (weird) so it will work in that regard.
On the trem quality: I have two gotohs and work on all the other major ones quite often (least often; schaller, most often: OFR (edit: actually most often the millions of cheaper LFRs out there, but I don't count those)), and the gotoh is better engineered, and more comfortable to play on (all edges are smoothed) than schaller, OFR or edge. Any of those are good trems though.