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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 07-14-2017, 04:05 PM Thread Starter
 
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Ibanez Edge II (Original, non-Pro, non-Zero)

Hi! I live an Montreal, Canada and Yesterday I acquired an Ibanez EX240, which has been produced only one year in 1988, and in Europe only.

Looking at the very few and blurry pictures on the local ads, I was convinced it was an EX360 (HSS, TRS-101 Trem) and I decided to call the guy and meet.

I know the EX series is not great, but for the price ($75), believe me if I tell you they are pretty fine instruments (I also own an EX350 that I really like, HSH, pickguard/strat style).

So the guitar is in great shape, and is equipped with an original Edge II, single-locking Tremolo. Me, myself, have never seen a floating bridge without locking nuts.. According to the Ibanez Wiki;

"The Edge II was used in only a couple of models including the Vinnie Moore signature VM1 and the EX240. The VM1 was discontinued after 1989 and the Edge II has not been installed in any known guitars since."

This is the question/discussion part;

Is there some successful stories of single-locking Trem designs (In the early 80s), without locking nuts, that may have influenced Ibanez to produce the Edge II?

I haven't even changed the strings yet so I can't really say yet if this thing will stay in tune or not BUT I suppose it will not.. Worst case scenario, I will probably end up locking the bridge.

Thanks guys!

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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 07-17-2017, 10:59 PM
 
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Re: Ibanez Edge II (Original, non-Pro, non-Zero)

the Edge II locked at the bridge, like the original didn't it? With properly wound strings on the tuners, or locking tuners, and a well cut nut you should be able to achieve decent tuning stability.
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post #3 of 7 (permalink) Old 08-03-2017, 08:40 AM
 
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Re: Ibanez Edge II (Original, non-Pro, non-Zero)

The Edge II original is very hard to come across, they were on the EX240 model you found, and also on the very rare and Vinnie Moore VM1 models like you pointed out. I don't know how functional they are since I've never played one. I've been looking for an original Edge II trem for a project guitar I have, my best bet was to find an EX240 like you did. If you ever decide to update the trem, I'd be interested in that original Edge II. I'm assuming yours is black, I'm looking for a chrome one, but I think the VM1 is the only chrome ones.
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post #4 of 7 (permalink) Old 08-12-2017, 02:33 PM Thread Starter
 
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Re: Ibanez Edge II (Original, non-Pro, non-Zero)

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the Edge II locked at the bridge, like the original didn't it?
Surprisingly, it doesn't lock anywhere. So I guess technically, it shouldn't be called a single locking tremolo.. Unless the block are missing? I don't know why the previous owner would do that... The strings are loaded through the string block. It's a strange creature indeed.










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If you ever decide to update the trem, I'd be interested in that original Edge II
Unfortunately the finish peeled a bit over the years. I'll probably keep it because it is quite rare. I didn't had the change to really test it yet because I still have to find a whammy bar for it.. Part of the reason why I was asking for info about the Edge II
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Re: Ibanez Edge II (Original, non-Pro, non-Zero)

[QUOTE=JivRey;1458530]Surprisingly, it doesn't lock anywhere. So I guess technically, it shouldn't be called a single locking tremolo.. Unless the block are missing? I don't know why the previous owner would do that... The strings are loaded through the string block. It's a strange creature indeed.


Ah that's right, they're such a rare beast it's easy to forget they're configuration. An interesting design though.
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post #7 of 7 (permalink) Old 08-14-2017, 07:11 AM
 
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Re: Ibanez Edge II (Original, non-Pro, non-Zero)

I believe the Edge II was only available on two models. Here's one of mine...



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