This post is sort of an intro, too. I'm a longtime player who had Ibanezs back in the 80's. Lately, I've been playing parts guitars. I saved up some money to get a new guitar.
I did some research online, and decided I was going to get a Blackberry S420
. It looked nice for $500. I went to a local Guitar Center to see if they had one,,,,they did not. But they did have a new RG4EXQM1 in Blackberry that looked sweet. They only wanted $338 for it. The setup was horrible, but I'm familar with setting up a Floyd trem and decided to buy it and take it home to set up.
I did a rough setup by lowering the bridge and setting up the spring tension with my normal strings. It played decent, but I like my action a bit lower and the trem stability wasn't coming back perfectly in tune. I then shimmed the neck and sanded the nut ledge down to get to my normal action. The guitar played like butter, but the trem still wasn't coming back in tune. I then sanded smooth the studs and checked the pivot points on the trem. They were a bit rough so I filed them smooth. I lubed the studs and reassembled. It was much better, but not perfect.
Then I started reading the Jemsite and gathered a lot of info about Ibanez trems. It seems the Edge 3 gives a lot of problems to people. Even though it's returning to pitch "ok" right now, I fear that I'm always going to be tweaking it to stay in tune.
I'm probably going to return it to GC and upgrade. I'll probably get the S420(any opinions??) or save up for an RG3XXV
25th aniversary model. It would be the PERFECT guitar for me.