Ibanez Backstop and Drop-D for edge trems
So I just recently bought an 05 rg1570. Quite nice...acquired it after tiring of headless Kiesels and steinbergers. I enjoyed the locking to floating function of the S-trem type.
The RG1570 has an edge pro trem it’s different than the trem I had on my FGM100, and various others, but quite smooth nonetheless. Grown quite fond of the guitar. So sought out looking for ways, to lock the trem.
Enter the Backstop: yeah, hard to find and expensive anymore. After talking to Rich at Ibanezrules (who doesn’t have a high opinion of the backstop), looking for a manual .pdf, and monkeying around with the knobs and spring tension.
I can confirm that a backstop will indeed allow an ibanez trem to Drop D and stay in tune. Granted I am a lazy player, I barely play rythym and use daddario NYXL 8s and Rev Willy 7s for legato purposes.
The screws that hold the spring claw still has a lot room so my guess that heavier gauges will also have success likewise.
Now what this does: makes the bar feel like a very tight steinberger s-trem: violin smooth but no flutter, none.
What I do NOT think I possible is to set the backstop to function this way and then disengage it so I can go back to a free fluttery trem. If there is please message me.
I am only posting this since I could not find a definitive answer on this.