Troubles with my trem
Common occurance in JEM's, but it's NOT a manufacturing defect- it's Operator Error (or Setup Error). *Here's what happens:
Trem goes in, height gets set, guitar gets played. *Bad. *Why? *Because someone forgot to lock down the trem posts. *This will cause the post to ever-so-slightly move back and forth when ever the trem is used. *
Now, since the insert and post are metal, and the body is wood, guess what "gives" first? *Yup- the body. *The holes for the inserts can "oval" or "spread" if your posts aren't locked own (or if you take a hammer to the back of your trem).
If you look at your trem post from the vertical position, you'll see that there's a hole through the post. *That hole is so a 1.5mm Allen wrench can get in there and tighten the set screw. *If you don't tighten this down (as MANY dealers don't), then the posts and inserts will oval over time (depending on trem usage).
The factory ships the guitars WITHOUT these set screws locked down, so you need to set them yourself. *A good test for an "Ibanez-friendly" luthier, is to watch him setup the trem height. *If he doesn't go for that 1.5mm wrench, yank your guitar away and run out of the store like someone lit your ass on fire. *It's not pretty, but it saves your guitar from being inadvertenly damaged.
Check the tech section here on Jemsite.com. *It's the BEST tech area about OFR's and Edge trems on the entire 'net (yes- I've searched the whole web). *If you need pics or a more thorough description, let me know.