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Floyd Rose Discovery Series DST-3 Electric Guitar   

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The Floyd Rose Discovery Series DST-3 Electric Guitar features the one-two punch of the innovative Floyd Rose SpeedLoader Tremolo System and a fast, ...Click To Read More About This Product

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A versatile pickup configuration and rock-solid tuning stability.

The Floyd Rose Discovery Series DST-3 Electric Guitar features the one-two punch of the innovative Floyd Rose SpeedLoader Tremolo System and a fast, comfortable maple neck with a rosewood fretboard. You'll love how it responds to every nuance of your playing, and the SpeedLoader System lets you execute the wildest trem dive bombs without losing tune! Thanks to the special strings, string changing will go from a 15 minute process to less than 4! Just drop the new specially-designed strings into the special nut and bridge receptacles and play on. Your guitar will be perfectly intonated, in tune, and ready to rock.

With a carefully crafted neck designed to be the most comfortable piece of maple and rosewood you've ever wrapped your hands around, the DST-3 will quickly exceed your expectations.

All Floyd Rose pickups are made from materials selected for their high performance and superior tonal characteristics. The 2 single-coils and single humbucker loaded in the DST-3 give you tons of versatility while delivering tasty sounds craved by players everywhere.

The SpeedLoader Tremolo offers all the versatility of the original Floyd Rose Tremolo with the ease and performance of the SpeedLoader System. You can still execute the most subtle tremolo or wildest dive-bombing effects and return to perfect tuning every time. It also features the TremStopper, which enables the player to block the tremolo system with a simple turn of a screw, converting the tremolo instantly to a hardtail bridge setup.

The SpeedLoader System eliminates the need for the use of Allen wrenches and wire cutters to change strings. The specially designed, dual bullet-end strings only take seconds to slip into the bridge and nut receptacles, and since they are pre-stretched, you don't have to worry about going out of tune.

(See recommended accessories on this page for additional sets of Dean Markley Floyd Rose SpeedLoader Strings you will need to take advantage of the SpeedLoader System.)

  • Bolt-on rock maple neck
  • 1.65" nut width
  • Rosewood fretboard
  • SpeedLoader Tremolo System
  • Chrome hardware
  • Vintage single-coil pickups
  • Bridge humbucker

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Guitar Heaven!

I actually own a Floyd Rose Redmond Series guitar (yes, these are the models that cost a couple of grand), but I can definitely give a good review of this Discovery Series...Read complete review

I actually own a Floyd Rose Redmond Series guitar (yes, these are the models that cost a couple of grand), but I can definitely give a good review of this Discovery Series models. Like the DST-3, my Floyd Rose Redmond has the "2 single-coils and single humbucker loaded" pickups that are so "hot", my cats AND dog run for cover when I plug in the Floyd Rose! I bought this guitar because it is so light and literally "hugs" your body when you have it strapped on. Plus, just look at it; not only is it an amazing guitar, but it is also a work of art! The action is huber fast and the setup comes low to the neck and tight, so you can rip up and down that "puppy" with your eyes shut tight and your "Rockstar" hair "bopping"! In fact, my guitar instructor takes every chance to run around the place showing my Floyd Rose off to the other instructors and I can play this guitar for hours on end. You will likely start seeing the Floyd Rose guitars showing up in the hands of Rock musicians because it has a very "80's Rock" kind of sound to it. It is convenient that there is no Tone knob because I don't know anyone who uses it anyway. To recap, when you get a Floyd Rose guitar, you will want to quit your job and sit for hours playing this instrument, the neck is tight, the action is fast, the pickups are hot, and you'll sound like a Rockstar! Buy one, I did!


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Very dissapointed with this instrument

The one I recieved came with a defective saddle, so I could not tune my A string. It was working on and off for a little while, but soon completely broke. The single...Read complete review

The one I recieved came with a defective saddle, so I could not tune my A string. It was working on and off for a little while, but soon completely broke. The single coils have poor tone, though the humbucker is acceptable. Also, the tremolo stop takes about 5 minutes to set up. Overall, a very frustrating experience.

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Floyd Rose DST-3

By BLawless

from Chicago, IL.

You can't beat this guitar for the price. When I recieved it I set up the Trem. as per the instructions on the Floyd Rose web site and the thing now plays like a dream. No complaints here at all. Stays in tune and sounds great no matter how hard I beat on the whammy bar. Again you can't beat this guitar for the price.


Spirit of the old Kramer Guitars

By RiggyZiggy

from Naytahwaush, MN

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I own an '84 Kramer Voyager with an original Floyd Rose and I love it but I don't have a case for it and hate having to carry it around because I'm very attatched to it so when I saw this guitar and it's price I grabbed it. When I got it, it was a bit tricky at first to understand it but I got it figured out. This guitar handles exactly like my Voyager and sounds pretty good. I like the trem-block feature of the speedloader because it takes the trem spring counter balancing process out of switching string guages with it. For the cash this is a very wieldable guitar!!



By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

I really have enjoyed this guitar for the time i have had it. Although i have modified it a little bit it's still stock.The pickups could be better,I recommend to replace them if you want better tone.


Amazing guitar

By Tritone/ Diminished Fifth

from Morganville, NJ

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I love this guitar!!!! The floyd rose on it is the best out their for a guitar so cheap. The neck is nice, a little thick, but still really fast. The pick ups are pretty good, i may replace them sometime in the near future.The only thing i can complain about were the strings that came on it, they aren't the best, so i suggest putting some D'addario's on it.



By Twangin' Bob

from Cincinnati

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I have been playing this twangin' axe for a few months now and am very satisfied. The different tones available from the 5 way selector are each very different. From the smooth single coil sound to the loud, powerful humbucker (and do not forget the out of phase) position, one can achieve the sounds of a Strat and much more. The strings change in an instant (though they are a touch pricier than most other strings) and do not need to be stretched at all. This thing plays very easy. The maple neck is small and smooth. Pinger picking or with a pick it sounds and plays great. The whammy works very well - I have mine stopped so all I can do is dives. I rarely have to tune, although I check often just to be sure.It is a quirky looking guitar with the strange looking headstock, but hey, people looked at Christopher Columbus strangely too.Buy it you'll like it!


Excellent Value!!! Best tremolo in the biz!!!

By PacerX

from Michigan

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1) At the price, you will NOT beat this guitar from any brand, anywhere.2) You HAVE TO set it up in accordance with the instructions on the Floyd Rose site. Once that's done, the tremolo is flawless.3) The strings are a little tough to find, so you will probably end up ordering them online.4) The switchgear is functional and quiet, but isn't the best out there. Replace it if you're a maniac like me. Cheap to do if you can solder.5) The pickups are good but not great. Look up some tasty Seymour Duncans or whatever you prefer. With the steps above done, it's a world-class instrument.


Very Playable

By Rob

from Reston, VA

This is a very playable guitar. The action is not low, but somehow it is very easy to play. The speedloader system is awesome. I think it also adds to the playability. Pick ups are good but not great. Strat like sound. Made in China, but still a great guitar.


Made in China, But It's No Cheap Toy

By ShaveYourNeighbor

from Phoenix, AZ

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I must say, wow. You wouldn't normally expect much from a company that goes from making hardware alone to full guitars as far as quality of construction is concerned, but this is nice. Streamlined neck all the way down makes it easy to play, and the Speedloader trem is a dream come true and really not that hard to operate. It has tight action, though not as tight as my old Washburn's, and plays beautifully. The only thing I can find wrong with it is that the single coil pick-ups sound really flat and ought to be replaced. The humbucker is the only pickup with workable tone when any distortion comes into play (and I mean anything above a straight, perfectly clean setting).If you don't mind the Chinese label, I'll say buy it. It has a nice, light twangy sound that I like juxtaposing my muddy HH Washburn, so I couldn't be much happier with it.


One great guitar with some minor flaws

By Explorer-Nut

from Raleigh, NC

Features: Okay, this guitar has some great features, but some of them could have been left on the Floyd Rose Discovery V series. I have owned this guitar for a little over one year and I have to say that it plays just as good, if not better, than some of my more expensive guitars. Mind you, the Speedloader system is a dream to work with, and you may never need it. I bend strings sometimes a full 2 notes, and I have yet to break one of these strings. The one quirk I have with the original pickups is that the humbucker installed was way too bright with not enough punch. It also would go "microphonic" long before any of my other pickups, even the EMG 81 installed in my Les Paul. (A quick pickup swap fixed that)Quality: Overall good quality; The screws that hold the trem cover in place stripped out quite easily. Also, the faux pearl overlay on the pickguard peeled away, leaving a satin white 3 layer pickguard behind. I also found the nut seat at the top of the neck needed to be filed down to get the strings closer to the first fret.Value: For the money, unbeatable... From gritty to clean to thick with a flip of a switch and a tweak of the volume knob.Overall: If this one was stolen, I'd definitely want to replace it. It is not my main guitar, but serves a wide scope of the music that I play.


Another great guitar

By W0Rk4L1f3

from Langhorne, PA

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I have the next model up from this guitar. I love the sound of the pickups. They are right up there with Fender and Gibson. However, there is one problem I have with the guitar. I love the concept of the speedloader strings. Once tuned up, it generally stays in tune, but whenever a string breaks, it throws the entire bridge off and the entire guitar goes out of tune. Then to put in new strings defeats the point of the speed in the speedloaders. To get it all tuned precisely, it averagely takes me 45 minutes to replace all my strings due to the pressure the strings put on the bridge pulling it in.

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