Kahler "Steeler" Vibrato
Tuning and Setup
What's a Steeler?
The Steeler is Kahler's version of the tried-and-true Floyd Rose Original vibrato bridge. It was manufactured in the 1990's under license and patents from Floyd Rose. In addition to the Steeler, Kahler also offered a similar design with the "Traditional" fulcrum bridge which shared many features of the Kahler 2300.
But with his Steeler, Gary Kahler made several changes that were substantial improvements to the original Floyd design. Among these changes, hardness levels of certain components were improved and the arm attachment method was changed.
The arm for the Steeler was a screw-in type versus Floyd's drop-in/ring retainer attachment. Although the choice between a screw-in arm or drop-in type is personal, many prefer the screw type's solid & non-wobbly feel over the Original Floyd's design.
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Description of Features
procedure on string
Assuming you have just installed new strings of the same gauge, have not yet tuned them up and still have the nut unclamped here it goes:
Screw the fine
tuners of the vibrato unit out until they stop and then screw them back
in one or two turns. Get out your digital/analog tuner (a
MUST-HAVE), use the neck tuning keys and tune the low E string to
pitch. Then the A,D,G,B, and high E (in that order). Repeat
the tuning of all six strings starting with the low E. Repeat this
procedure as many times as it takes to finally get the all the strings
1. First unlock the nut and unscrew the fine tuners until they stop and then give them all about a half a turn in. We'll leave the locking nut and fine tuners alone until we get the springs adjusted and guitar in tune.
your present setup.
After the strings are tuned to pitch, the bridge's faceplate should be
parallel with the guitar's body - not leaning more to the front or back.
If it is tilted too far to the rear, go to step
5. If the unit is
tilted too far forward (arm too low), start below on step
Go to step
3 to tune the strings
and we'll see if we adjusted the cam back enough.
Don't try to
use the spring adjustment screws to get the unit all the way parallel
because the counter-tension from the strings being raised into tune will
pull it down even farther. Just use 1/4 turns at a time followed by
getting the guitar completely in tune. Repeat this small incremental
spring adjustment / tuning process until the plate is exactly parallel
with the guitar body.
Because of it's similarity to the Original
for the Kahler "Pro" 2300