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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 08-10-2012, 06:36 AM Thread Starter
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problems restringing my Ibanez GIO

I recently restrung my GIO but didn't access instructions to restring a guitar with a floating trem.

So I tuned the guitar, looked over and my bridge was pulled all the way toward the fretboard and the back end was up in the air.

I looked on Ibanez Rulez and saw this:
"If you already screwed up and the tail of your bridge is sticking way up in the air with the action 1/2" off the fretboard the only sure way to cure it is to crank in on the trem springs and start backing down the tuning... readjust them and retune the guitar, over and over until they settle."

I tightened the claw all the way to the body, but when I tuned the guitar, the bridge was still in the air.

I detuned, added a third spring and re-tuned it. However, the back of the bridge is still raised about 3/8".

I find similar issues all over the web with these trems and the answer is all ways tighten or loosen the springs, tune, and readjust both when you find the correct balance. However, I think* these answers don't apply to my guitar because I have tightened the springs all the way to the body and the bridge is still not flush.

by the way: I think* it is a "dive only floating trem". The removed strings were 9s or 10s and the new set of strings are 13s. I tune to Eb. I snapped a few cell phone photos but they are too large to upload

What do I do to get my bridge flush to the body and the guitar in tune all at the same time?
Do I need to start over with new strings? Can the current ones be saved?
Thanks- Richard
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post #2 of 3 (permalink) Old 08-10-2012, 03:04 PM
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Re: problems restringing my Ibanez GIO

13's will do that, any time you go up a gauge or two or three you're going to have to expect to add tension from the other end to compensate. Add more springs, or angle two of them in a V pattern. There may be heavier duty springs out there, and someone here mentioned cutting them shorter, maybe something to look into.
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post #3 of 3 (permalink) Old 08-10-2012, 04:41 PM Thread Starter
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Re: problems restringing my Ibanez GIO

Thanks. I'll let you know how it goes.
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