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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 02-12-2015, 06:35 PM Thread Starter
 
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Ibanez RG 655

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I went today to my local guitar store and found used RG655 Prestige that i really like. I been playing strats since i stared, never really had a floyd guitar.

So i picked up RG 655, i noticed that the guitar was not in tune all of the strings were a little flat...i tried to tune the guitar by adjusting on the bridge the fine tuners, but no luck, i could never get all strings to be in tune.

They had another RG655 that had the same thing, and i could not get it to tune properly. I have never had a floyd guitar, so i am sure i must be missing something and was hoping you can help me out, is there a certain way i have to tune flody guitar? I am asking like fine tune as these guitars already had strings in place and just wanted all strings to be dead n tune. It seems straight forward to me but again i couldn't get the guitar in tune.

Having said this the guitar felt really nice and i really like the neck on this guitar. I am planing on going over the weekend again and to spend some more time with the guitar.

Thanks for your help.
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post #2 of 10 (permalink) Old 02-12-2015, 07:00 PM
 
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Re: Ibanez RG 655

It's a different process to tune a double locking guitar. You would probably have needed to unlock the nut at the top. I use the method of tuning the high e string and then the low e. I then move to the B and A strings then to the G and d. In other words, outside opposite strings to inside strings. You get to a point where they are all in tune and then you can re-lock the nut.
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It's a different process to tune a double locking guitar. You would probably have needed to unlock the nut at the top. I use the method of tuning the high e string and then the low e. I then move to the B and A strings then to the G and d. In other words, outside opposite strings to inside strings. You get to a point where they are all in tune and then you can re-lock the nut.
Thanks...so how frequently do you have to do this once you tune the strings and set the lock. Will humidity effect the tuning like it does on a non flyd guitar?
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Thanks...so how frequently do you have to do this once you tune the strings and set the lock. Will humidity effect the tuning like it does on a non flyd guitar?
If all the strings are flat by roughly the same amount, all you need to do is tighten the two screws in the back of the guitar that the springs are attached to. this will increase the pull on the strings evenly and raise their pitch enough to tune with the fine tuners.
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If all the strings are flat by roughly the same amount, all you need to do is tighten the two screws in the back of the guitar that the springs are attached to. this will increase the pull on the strings evenly and raise their pitch enough to tune with the fine tuners.
You forgot to mention checking the bridge angle when you do this.
Could be the strings have stretched and are just in need of re-tuning as PBGas mentioned.

SixStringSlinger, go to www.ibanezrules.com and check out Rich's tech section. There is an extensive guide to setting up Ibanez Edge bridges. Rich gives clear and concise instructions to ensure you have everything set up 'just-so' for the best performance from your bridge/guitar. I learned a lot from that site, I'd never had a floating bridge before and now I can restring and set up my guitars in no time. Give it a look-see.

And.... welcome to the forums.
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The guys are always more than helpful, we treat each-other with respect, and can tease each-other sometimes (all in good fun) but we're always here to help.
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Even if you just want to know opinions on things like pickups and strings, this is a great place to ask.
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I forgot to mention: I'm so envious....I really want one of those guitars......I have an old RG550 and a newer RG1550, but the RG655 looks to me to be the perfect guitar for me.
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You forgot to mention checking the bridge angle when you do this.
Could be the strings have stretched and are just in need of re-tuning as PBGas mentioned.

SixStringSlinger, go to [ and check out Rich's tech section. There is an extensive guide to setting up Ibanez Edge bridges. Rich gives clear and concise instructions to ensure you have everything set up 'just-so' for the best performance from your bridge/guitar. I learned a lot from that site, I'd never had a floating bridge before and now I can restring and set up my guitars in no time. Give it a look-see.

And.... welcome to the forums.
We're ll a little 'nuts' here, so we have a lot of fun in between helping each other with our small, and large, guitar related problems.
The guys are always more than helpful, we treat each-other with respect, and can tease each-other sometimes (all in good fun) but we're always here to help.
Someone will have an answer, or at least a suggestion, as to how to, or where to, find a fix for your problems.
Even if you just want to know opinions on things like pickups and strings, this is a great place to ask.
Can you tell I love these guys to death? LOL
I'll stop now, I tend to ramble on so you'll learn to skim my posts searching for the relevant parts when I'm answering, or asking, a question. LOL

Thanks Meechy, ill check that website out...i could definitely use some reading on floyd and understand them.
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You forgot to mention checking the bridge angle when you do this.
Could be the strings have stretched and are just in need of re-tuning as PBGas mentioned.

SixStringSlinger, go to www.ibanezrules.com and check out Rich's tech section. There is an extensive guide to setting up Ibanez Edge bridges. Rich gives clear and concise instructions to ensure you have everything set up 'just-so' for the best performance from your bridge/guitar. I learned a lot from that site, I'd never had a floating bridge before and now I can restring and set up my guitars in no time. Give it a look-see.

And.... welcome to the forums.
We're ll a little 'nuts' here, so we have a lot of fun in between helping each other with our small, and large, guitar related problems.
The guys are always more than helpful, we treat each-other with respect, and can tease each-other sometimes (all in good fun) but we're always here to help.
Someone will have an answer, or at least a suggestion, as to how to, or where to, find a fix for your problems.
Even if you just want to know opinions on things like pickups and strings, this is a great place to ask.
Can you tell I love these guys to death? LOL
I'll stop now, I tend to ramble on so you'll learn to skim my posts searching for the relevant parts when I'm answering, or asking, a question. LOL
I didn't forget. If his tuning is only slightly flat a small tweak of the claw screws is OK without having the trem angle suffer...
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I didn't forget. If his tuning is only slightly flat a small tweak of the claw screws is OK without having the trem angle suffer...
Thats what I do as well, if there all slightly flat, just a small adjustment with the rear springs and your sweet.

But to answer the op, floating trems are a whole new ball game, you really need to have owned one for a little bit to get used to the tuning "issues". I found that I don't lock the locking nuts at all, as I never do massive dive bombs, so I use it like a normal trem, works well imo, especially if you can fit locking tuners.
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Thanks...so how frequently do you have to do this once you tune the strings and set the lock. Will humidity effect the tuning like it does on a non flyd guitar?
If the wood moves, so will the tuning. I'm in Massachusetts so there are months where the guitar is in transition and requires neck adjustment and more frequent tuning. It's dry now and everything has settled in. Having said that. Once my new strings break in after a few days, I can go so long between having to even use the fine tuners that I forget the last time I had to tune. My ears are decent, too. I know when I'm not in tune. It had been over a month so I checked my tuning last nite . All strings were a little flat by a few cents but the guitar was in tune with itself. It still amazes me.

Not every set of strings behaves this good, and I haven't been aggressive with the bar lately but I think you get the idea. I'll never own another trem guitar without a locking nut.
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