Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: The FTL, Florida
Re: First full setup help!
Adjusting the trus rod should be the last thing you do. It's only to allow a little neck relief now and then. I wouldn't say it's a necessary part of a general setup unless it's really out of whack.
Get your trem level first. This seems to cause the most frustration among people new to Floyds; and it's not a unique problem to trems like Edge 3 or LoTrsII. If you don't level the trem you're going to be frustrated no matter what. My $0.02, follow Rich's guide (it's REALLY good), get it close by your eye and fine tune the height with a tuner as it's more precise than your eyes. Make only small adjustments on the trem springs and work the vibrato a little to "work" the tension through the springs, then retune. You'll get a good idea of how you need to adjust the springs based on whether you keep going sharp or flat. If you retune over and over and keep going sharp or flat you're doing something wrong.
IMO, save the trus rod for last... and only if needed.