When I worked at Warmoth, we ordered all of our OFR's directly from Schaller as Schaller is whom Floyd Rose (Confirmed with Andy @ FR) has contracted to make them. Schaller also of course, makes the Schaller Floyd Licensed Trem. We bought the bridges and nuts from them. Stew Mac gets the same Schaller made locking nuts from guess who? Schaller of course.
If it's an OFR, it's currently being made by Schaller in Germany, and has been for many years. The exception being the ones that were made by the Chinese company PING for a brief period of years. Wether you by an OFR or Schaller bridge, the locking nut is a Schaller.
The thing to be cautious of with the Schaller locking nuts is to make sure that you use the actual nut that is going to be used on the guitar to take your measurements from. Schaller does not have the holes that go through the nut as part of the CNC that machines the nuts. The holes are drilled and then tapped one nut at a time, therefore, the space between those holes can vary from nut to nut.
Warmoth found this out the hard way by many warranty returns and decided to only do the actual completed nut prep by using the actual nut being installed and by taking the measurements off of that actual nut and the fretwire being used. The only exception to this is the "generic" Floyd nut shelf that is on many of the Showcase necks. When I worked there, I had the nut from my Floyd set on hand to prep my KL/Hetfield tiltback headstock neck, and it's right where it should be.
There are a host of other "Licensed by Floyd" locking bridges out there. Some made by Gotoh, which are still very well made. I've had one on my main guitar for over 14 years, and over 500 shows on it and the edges are still showing no signs of excessive wear, and it still returns to zero every time. The Takeuchi is probably the next most used in OEM applications. Of course, I'm sure everyone is familiar with Ibanez's various versions of the EDGE trem.
Last edited by TonyFlyingSquirrel; 10-17-2009 at 08:00 PM.
good info! Thanks! I have some USA Washburns from the 90s that have schaller branded floyds. Those beasties are solid.
Believe me when I say that some of the most amazing music in history was made on equipment that's not as good as what you own right now.