Re: Why is it impossible to buy an Ibanez Backstop?
The spring claw was designed with 5 hooks because Fender [I believe] always used 5 springs from inception. Yes, it gives plenty of flexibility in feel, gauges you can use, tunings, etc. but I'm specifically referring to how Ibanez has always designed their production guitars setup with 3 standard springs. Some artist models like Korns would have high tension springs, several J Customs had high tension, some had milled instead of cast blocks, there has been variation. But the extreme majority with extremely rare exception, a standard Ibanez since the 80's shipped with 3 standard tension springs, and that is the feel I'm talking about. Edge, Lo Pro, EP, until you get to these ZPS units where only 2 springs work in the setup. And they chose springs with tension that are similar in feel to what you would find on the rest.