so i just picked up my first HM strat(HSS, "USA" markings on everything, serial E 8273XX, bright white, large Strat logo..... anyway i've had a standard american strat since new in 1987. i am quite experienced with guitar setup. BUT: i am so far kinda baffled by this Spyder bridge. i thought i saw in a manual that you need to clip the ball ends off the strings. but this one seems like the previous owner left the balls on. which is it? also the locking nut clamp is gone(so its just a free metal nut). is it ok to operate the axe with the nut like this? seems like the strings would break if they are grating over that rough looking nut without being locked down haven't even plugged it in yet; i am elated to finally get one of these things! not sure what people see in the Grover tuners though; they are rough and sloppy feeling without strings on them.....cheers. PS can i link photos via Photobucket here?
ok, got the bridge prettymuch figured out except for string height. got some pics here, based on serial number comparisons with others on this site, i'd say its an '88? the bridge string retainers are stamped "Kahler/Floyd Rose Lic.", and the main bridge "chassis" is stamped "Made in USA"
ok sorry for talking to myself, but.... how do you adjust action on the Kahler Spyder? i downloaded a Syder guide, but it is a bit low res and unclear in wording. regarding action, it says:
"String Height Adjustment(Optional)
Loosen Intonation Block Holddown Bolt counter-clockwise with wrench(C). Using wrench(A), turn each Saddle Riser Screw clockwise to achieve desired string arc over fingerboard and neck. Retighten the Intonation Block Holddown Bolt."
i guess i have difficulty with terminology. is the " Intonation Block Holddown Bolt" the forward most screw on each saddle? as in, six of em? i do not see any "Saddle Riser Screws", just the screws that allow you to loosen each saddle so you can slide it fore and aft for intonation. or, is the "arc" fixed, and you have to move the whole entire bridge up and down with the posts? no comprendo
Last Edit: Jun 12, 2011 17:56:56 GMT -5 by nyazzip
Hey, some of the later Spyders have small allen holes in the top of the saddles where you can adjust them individually. The ones in '88 didn't have that feature. If you want to fix the radius so it matches the neck radius, you can buy Floyd Rose Saddle Shims on eBay. Adjusting the bridge posts up and down is the only other way to adjust height on that bridge. Hope that helps!
By the way, it looks like you got a nice one! Congrats. You might consider finding a DiMarzio Super 3 for it, you can still find them used for $40 and they are a really good sounding pickup.
yeah i guess mine is an early non-adjustable model. i got the action where i want it using the tilt adjust though. very nice, precision, straight neck. thanks. i'm at freshcaughtbassatyay-who if you want to send that manual some time. cheers
also regarding that locking nut, mine does not have screws that go all the way through the neck/headstock. that wammiworld diagram seems to show screws that do go all the way(or from the back)(item 208, 209)?.