I currently own 2 guitars with Edge Zero trems, an RG3570Z and my new J Custom RG8570Z (NGD coming soon
The EZ on the 3570Z seems to be fine, haven't had any complaints with it yet, but the EZ on the 8570Z that I just got has a few saddles (low E, A and D mainly) that seem to have some play in them... They rock back and forth ever so slightly, making a faint but noticeable "click" sound. No big deal, right? Well, while I was playing I was wondering where a rattling sound was coming from with palm mute stuff, and have come to the conclusion that it's these saddles. I can hear these saddles that have play in them rattling / vibrating mainly with palm mute stuff, mostly when I'm hitting the low E/A/D strings pretty hard, and it's quite annoying. Even with high gain at bedroom volume I can hear it b/c it resonates with the strings. I've made sure that the saddle screws, trem arm screw and intonation tool are tight, so the noise isn't coming from them.
I don't experience this with my 3570Z unless I hit the low E string REALLY hard (the low E saddle on this EZ has some TINY play too, but the others seem solid. Thus, this EZ feels more robust overall).
Has anyone experienced this issue? How would I deal with this?
Should I try moving the saddles around, like swapping low E with high E?
Or is shimming the saddles going to be the only fix? If so, that's quite disappointing to have to do on a J Custom.
Could it be a neck alignment issue causing the strings to pull on the saddles uneveningly? Strings look pretty even across the fretboard to my eyes though.
Worst case scenario I guess I could swap the EZ with the one on my 3570Z if the finishes are the same. Are all EZ's the same finish, besides gold?
Side note: To pop off the tiny clips holding in the EZ fine tuners, can they easily be popped out without a tool? My last resort would be swapping EZ's with the 3570Z, but I want to keep the fine tuners from the JC's EZ b/c they don't have any corrosion (the other one has some).. They look much newer. I plan on selling the 3570Z to help fund this J Custom.
Sorry for the essay, but I'd love to sort these issues out.