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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 07-09-2008, 02:35 PM Thread Starter
 
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Fixed bridge Ibanez. Is the nut slotted for downtuning (i.e. thicker strings)?

I'm looking into the RG3EX1, RG321, etc. Cheaper models with the fixed bridge, and two humbuckers. I'm more of a tremolo player, but the ease of changing tuning on these, and the prices are swaying me towards one. I want it to be my drop tuning guitar for C or C#. Will the nut fit gauge 10-52 strings or thicker?

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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old 07-09-2008, 08:30 PM
 
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Re: Fixed bridge Ibanez. Is the nut slotted for downtuning (i.e. thicker strings)?

10-52 should be no problem...If anything you can always widen out the groove slightly with a needle file.
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Re: Fixed bridge Ibanez. Is the nut slotted for downtuning (i.e. thicker strings)?

I've heard plenty of complaints about the nut slots on RG321s not working with 10s. But as mentioned, you just have to widen the slots and you are ready to go (if the nut was right to start with). Only takes 1-2 minutes at most with a set of nut files. (Maybe a little longer without nut files.)
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Re: Fixed bridge Ibanez. Is the nut slotted for downtuning (i.e. thicker strings)?

On my ex160 I can fit 11s no problem.

On my friends 321mh we have 11s as well.
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Re: Fixed bridge Ibanez. Is the nut slotted for downtuning (i.e. thicker strings)?

I know the higher end fixed bridges guitars have no problems with larger gauge strings. I just bought a RGT42 and an RGT42FXQM this spring; both have no problems with .10 gauge strings (what I play by default). I've put .12 on one of them for a week (just as an experiment) and it was fine.

I know you mentioned price as a consideration, but I'd strongly consider moving up in quality. The neck-through fixed-bridge models are outstanding.
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