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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old 12-24-2006, 09:30 PM Thread Starter
 
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My whammy bar is way loose. and i dont want ot have to spend 15 bucks for a new bar because they wont sell me the new bushings seperete/. and tighting the screw under the tremelo doesnt helo. ive read the tech section on IbanezRules.com. i tried that d'addario package trick that i think JJEMMER77 told me. but i dont know how to do it properly. are there any other tricks of the trade i can well... trade? thanks
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post #2 of 14 (permalink) Old 12-24-2006, 11:15 PM
 
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Re: Whammy bar help!

Take the bushings off and put nail polish/tape on the groovs and put them back on.That usually keeps it stiff for a while.
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Re: Whammy bar help!

There is a NUT underneath that is usually the culpret, unfortunatly you have to take the trem out to tighten it. It takes a 10mm wrench, but it's worth it.
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Re: Whammy bar help!

Youll have to fix the bushings and the nut because they are both problems in themselves and the bar will still be loose unless both are taken care of.
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the nail polishy thing works perfectly. all that was wrong was the bushings being old. even tho its a brand new guitar. hmmm. well now i know what helps
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ok. would super gluing the grooves on the bar, letting it dry and then replacing the washers help also. or like hot glue. would that work to add more lift on the washers to help the bar stay tight?
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Hot glue is a good idea.
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personally i prefer using PTFE tapes
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Hmm PTFE? i dont know what that is.

I need pics, or maybe vids on how to do these tricks. and if rich could make a video fo doing the normal way of removing the trem and tighting the nut. i cant do anything by reading instructions. i have to watch to learn.

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There is a NUT underneath that is usually the culpret, unfortunatly you have to take the trem out to tighten it. It takes a 10mm wrench, but it's worth it.

+1!

If you want to FIX the problem. The d'addario package is just a quick fix but it works well.

If you're not comfortable with removing the trem yourself, just bring it back to the shop you got it at. Sam Ash I'm guessing???
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+1!

If you want to FIX the problem. The d'addario package is just a quick fix but it works well.

If you're not comfortable with removing the trem yourself, just bring it back to the shop you got it at. Sam Ash I'm guessing???
yea. or ill take it to a guitar repair shop across the street from my local guitar center
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Re: Whammy bar help!

i've tightened the nut on the back of my trem but its still loose
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post #13 of 14 (permalink) Old 12-30-2006, 05:08 PM Thread Starter
 
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yea mine too. i dont think that it is the nut that needs tightening for me. i tried and the nut wont tighten anymore. im thinking this is all a bar problem. ill ask the guitarr tech to look into it for me.
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There is a NUT underneath that is usually the culpret, unfortunatly you have to take the trem out to tighten it. It takes a 10mm wrench, but it's worth it.
Thanks for that info! It just so happens that I recently bought a deep-well 10mm socket and it's deep enough to catch the nut as-is: I didn't have to take the vibrato (tremolo) out to do it. I just moved the vibrato enuf to get the socket on it (may have to put the whammy bar on it and dive it some) and it worked. It might be a good idea to take the "bar tightening spring" off the shaft to be sure it doesn't get damaged. I did that to all 5 of mine and it worked like a charm.
This is a much better way to get the vibrato tight. I used to get a straight screwdriver and try to screw it tighter from the top of the unit. Not a great way to do it.
While I was at it, I put some little strips of foam rubber under all the springs to stop them from vibrating.
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