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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 01-01-2002, 05:11 PM Thread Starter
 
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High E is too tight. - bending this string is a bugger

Ok, here's the deal;

The high E on my guitar is much tighter and difficult to bend than on other guitars I've played.
The guitar has a floating trem (Floyd Rose) with a lock nut, of course. The headstock is like a Peavey Wolfgang's but on an angle.

Here are some of the things I've looked over:

- I've adjusted the intonation saddles
- Adjusted the action
- Re-positioned the trem springs (straigh across like this http://jemsite.com/tech/img/t_spr1.jpg)
- leveled the trem
- Made sure nothing was in the way of the string on the saddle and lock nut.

The string gauge is .010 but I doubt that's the problem. I've used .008s and .009s in the past and it's had the same problem.

Anyone?
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post #2 of 9 (permalink) Old 01-01-2002, 05:25 PM
 
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High E is too tight.

just guessing, but maybe one of the springs is too tight? How many are there?

what's the scale?
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post #3 of 9 (permalink) Old 01-01-2002, 09:15 PM Thread Starter
 
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High E is too tight.

scale is 25.5 I believe (22 frets) and there are 3 springs.
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post #4 of 9 (permalink) Old 01-01-2002, 09:19 PM
 
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High E is too tight.

all along the board? may be a rough fret....
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post #5 of 9 (permalink) Old 01-01-2002, 10:18 PM Thread Starter
 
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High E is too tight.

Yeah, it's across the whole board. I do have a few dead frets that need a re-dressing, possibly be replaced, but it would affect all the strings if that was the case.
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post #6 of 9 (permalink) Old 01-08-2002, 07:21 PM
 
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High E is too tight.

Heres a couple of thoughts..

The action / *tremolo angle mayneed adjusting....this causes perceived greater string tension.....
Keep the action to about 1.8- 2.0mm at the 24th fret
make sure the temolo angle is not too high....see the tech section
10s dont help...try a mixed set of heavy gauges for the E A D and lighter for the G B E

hope this helps

Scott
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post #7 of 9 (permalink) Old 01-08-2002, 07:23 PM
 
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High E is too tight.

almost forgot

give the neck and frets a good cleaning.....rich's site has superb info on that *

good
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post #8 of 9 (permalink) Old 01-13-2002, 03:45 PM Thread Starter
 
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High E is too tight.

I've actually play a jem with .010s and they were still pretty loose.
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post #9 of 9 (permalink) Old 01-14-2002, 07:15 AM
 
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High E is too tight.

If you are finding the strings hard to bend it may be because the springs are still very stiff. The more abuse they get, the more they'll loosen and the easier it will be to bend. Basically, when you bend a string you are pulling the tremelo towards you, ie fighting against the pull of the strings. The stiffer the springs are, the harder it will be to bend basically. Maybe it'll get better when they are worn in?
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