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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 01-01-2004, 11:29 PM Thread Starter
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My jem definitely could benefit from having more broken in springs, and i want to speed up the process. is it ok to safely and securely clamp my trem bar down to the body so the springs get more stretched? i was thinking about doing that every night until i am satisfied. it seems like it wont put any wear on my trem or anything, seeing as how it will remain clamped down solidly.
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post #2 of 9 (permalink) Old 01-02-2004, 12:07 AM
 
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Rather than risk bending the bar, or putting clamp marks in your guitar, you might just try taking a spring out let two of them stretch under tension. I suppose you could just do one spring to really stretch it, but I fear that's a bit much. If you clamp down all three and leave 'em that way, I'd think you just cut short the life of the springs by over-stretching them.

Nothing beats the old "play it till it's comfy" routine... That's part of any new guitar, gotta break it in...
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Basically, yes....what he said.

Before you go bed each night take a spring or two out. Pop them back in in the morning. Don't risk damaging your finish be claming the bar down.

Best of all, play play play!!! It doesn't take that long to unstiff the springs. I'm in the process of doing the same thing now.

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Slip a piece of rubber hose over the end of the bar and clamp it [I have that Ibanez Sure Grip on mine and love it]. I'm not sure how much it will help, I always thought it was more about repeated opening and closing, which is why I give anything new a couple minutes of straight ending of Tender Surrender abuse which seems to help a little
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how long?

How long should it take to break in the springs? I've had my 7VWH for over 2 years (granted, I don't play it as often as I'd like), but it still feels tight... but my frame of reference is a 91 RG570 that is like butter.
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post #6 of 9 (permalink) Old 01-02-2004, 05:21 AM
 
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considered swapping the springs from ur RG to ur JEM?
and having the smooth JEM and stiff RG?
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post #7 of 9 (permalink) Old 01-02-2004, 10:41 AM
 
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bachle, maybe your jem needs a good setup...that might make a difference. I'm assuming you use the same gague strings on both guitars.

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Re: how long?

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How long should it take to break in the springs? I've had my 7VWH for over 2 years (granted, I don't play it as often as I'd like), but it still feels tight... but my frame of reference is a 91 RG570 that is like butter.
The fact it's a 91' should offer a clue
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post #9 of 9 (permalink) Old 01-02-2004, 12:47 PM
 
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I suppose this should be in the tech setup forum. Both guitars are 9s and I have thought about swapping the strings. Upon further research at Rich's site, I found my answers: obviously the "broken in" thing and also after my last string change, my trem is sitting lower in the body (the angle is not high enough to open the springs.) Changing the trem angle improved it greatly. Thanks for the input, guys!
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