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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 03-03-2005, 01:42 AM Thread Starter
 
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down tuning jems

I have a 77FP with a standard edge tremelo. Somebody once told me only to use it in standard tuning and not drop D or down 1/2 steps because it ****s the tremelo, is this true? If so dang...
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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old 03-03-2005, 02:13 AM
 
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Re: down tuning jems

Well, any guitar that has a trem needs special step to down tune...when I down tuned my RG550, i used a battery to hold down the trem so it wont move... if this is your first time down tuning a trem equiped guitar, you might wanna get more info on how to do it.
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post #3 of 5 (permalink) Old 03-03-2005, 02:22 AM
 
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Re: down tuning jems

If you're tuning down to drop D or Eb just detune, adjust the trem angle (the springs at the back), check and adjust intonation (if needed) and you're fine. You can't really change tuning on the fly, as the trem angle will be off, but there is nothing preventing you from keeping your guitar in a different tuning.

If you're tuning lower, to C, say, you might want to consider switching to higher gauge strings.

Or you can just block the bridge and then you can change tunings without much adjustment needed.
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post #4 of 5 (permalink) Old 03-03-2005, 08:43 AM
 
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Re: down tuning jems

bad horsie man...just use heavier strings or they will get a little flabby
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post #5 of 5 (permalink) Old 03-03-2005, 11:51 AM
 
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Re: down tuning jems

My Jem RB is tuned down to Eb.
I use 10-48 strings, a hipshot tremstter with two springs at each side screwed down as far as possible. I tried 10-52 strings but that's just too much on the Jem (or any Floyd type bridge equiped guitar - In my experience)

Drop D on the fly could be possible with a thinner gauge Low E (42), a stiff tremsetter (you can adjust the amount of stiffness on the TS) and a D-Tuna. It would be a bitch to setup at first, but once its done, you're set.
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