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I'm wanting to buy a Schecter Hellraiser C-1 with a Floyd Rose Tremolo... but there is the slightly cheaper version without the Floyd Rose.

I want to know if I buy the version without the Floyd Rose, can I get it installed later?

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Yes, you can install a Floyd Rose later, but it will cost you more to buy one later and install than if you were to purchase the Schecter with it already installed. A Floyd Rose bridge with trem can cost between $40.00 for a used one, to $80.00, or even higher, depending on the features you want. If you need it installed for you, you are looking at another $50.00 to $100.00 potentially.

If you are unable to purchase the one without the Floyd Rose bridge because the cost is a bit out of your reach, don't worry. Schecter C-1 guitars are well made and sound very nice, and you would still have a really nice guitar. I have owned two Schecters , and still kick myself for having sold them to "upgrade" to a Gibson Les Paul Standard. Just because it reads Gibson on the headstock, doesn't necessarily mean it's a better guitar. To prove that, check out reviews on Harmony Central sometime ( and see how many people are displeased with their Gibsons, and how many are pleased with their Schecters.

But you don't have to worry about installation of a FL bridge later, as they fit exactly where the standard bridge and stop tailpiece are fitted.

I hope this helps.

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No doubt teddyteddy21 has resolved his dilemma by now, but if anyone else is interested in having a Floyd Rose trem installed in a fixed bridge/tailpiece guitar, be advised that it will require MAJOR (and perhaps, prohibitively expensive) modifications. The Floyd Rose is a floating tremolo system which raises, as well as lowers string pitch. The bridge "floats" on knife-edge pivot points and achieves equilibrium by balancing string tension against spring tension. The back of the guitar would have to be routed EXTENSIVELY to accommodate the springs and spring claw. To allow the trem to raise string pitch, the front of the guitar would also have to receive at least a shallow recess under the bridge and be routed all the way through the guitar for the trem block.

Better to start with a guitar equipped with a Floyd, or at least with a tremolo system that can be replaced with a Floyd. If you have a fixed bridge/tailpiece that you MUST install a tremolo bridge on, there are good surface-mount systems (Bigsby, Stetsbar, Kahler, etc.) that will do the job and require minimally invasive (and mostly reversible) modifications to the instrument.

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