Hello, I've joined this forum because of the many great things said about this place!
I'm seeking help on a problem I've got with my S470 (w/ZR tremolo system) and I thought that this might be the best place to come since the Ibanez forums are very quiet at the moment.
I've had my S series S470 for nearly 4 years now, however, the ZR trem is becoming stiffer and stiffer everytime I use it, this has only came on recently since I cleaned the bridge up a couple of weeks ago, removed it, then put it back into the guitar.
It's got to the point now where I have to apply a large force to dive bomb or to pull the bar up. I'm using Daddario 9's (the only brand and gauge of strings I've used since I first got it) and the tremolo is perfectly straight to the body. It doesn't have the Zero point system in place - in other words, i've had it in a floating set up since I bought it.
I noticed the other day that when I turn the whammy bar perpendicular to the bridge (rather than the proper way which is parallel to the strings) and then used it, there is a clunking noise from within the bridge and the bridge posts
move ever so slightly, and the tremolo system goes back to being smooth! But then it goes back to being stiff once I use it again.
This is really getting me down, it's the only guitar I use now since I like it so much!
It's a very bizzare problem and I would love to hear any possible solutions, they will all be greatly appreciated!!