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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 09-12-2007, 12:15 AM Thread Starter
 
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The newest addition to the family...

A 1991 BK Ibanez 450S. Chrome edge trem, wizard 1 neck, made in Japan. I picked this piece up today and it really feels like I'm playing a high end Ibanez. I have an S470 with the ZR trem/W II neck, and that doesn't compare to this. Here are the pics:






I know I have to do some readjusting to the trem, how should this be realigned?

And I was thinking of either stripping the paint and give it the natual mahogany color, or get some white dimarzio evo's and white volume knobs. What do you think?
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post #2 of 12 (permalink) Old 09-12-2007, 12:48 AM
 
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Strip it!
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While playing I heard something snap. I opened the back up and one of the springs came off, somehow. And I noticed there's 5 of them hooked on when I've seen about an average of 3 on other's S series. Should I take the extra two out? I do plan on using the whammy and it's a little stiff bending up/down. Oh and once I find my freakin allen wrench, I'll put that spring back in.
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post #4 of 12 (permalink) Old 09-12-2007, 04:33 AM
 
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Re: The newest addition to the family...

The trem is a bit tilted back, the knife must be perpendicular to the studs.

Nice score
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While playing I heard something snap. I opened the back up and one of the springs came off, somehow. And I noticed there's 5 of them hooked on when I've seen about an average of 3 on other's S series. Should I take the extra two out? I do plan on using the whammy and it's a little stiff bending up/down. Oh and once I find my freakin allen wrench, I'll put that spring back in.
As long as the springs hold enough tension to match the pull of the strings, it won't be a problem. Usually 3 is enough unless you have very weak springs combined with heavy gauge strings.

5 springs will make it feel a bit stiffer because each spring is coiled more tightly than if there were less. It therefore would be slightly more effort to dive, and could even limit how high you can pull up. If youre used to three, go for that.
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Should I take the extra two out?
yep, pull the 2 extra springs out, follow THIS guide and you're set the chrome Edge on black is hot, nice score indeed.
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Nice score! Congrats!
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post #8 of 12 (permalink) Old 09-12-2007, 03:45 PM
 
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Man, that's gorgeous. The Japanese S's are where it's at. Not knocking the Korean one's, but they can't hold a candle to the old Japanese one's.

Looks to be in brand new condition, too.

Nice find.
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post #9 of 12 (permalink) Old 09-12-2007, 05:52 PM
 
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That's a sweet axe! I've got a 1991 450S in Jewel Blue myself w/Edge trem and I love it! '91 is the only year they made the 450S as near as I can tell; does anyone have any more information on that?
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post #10 of 12 (permalink) Old 09-12-2007, 06:51 PM
 
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That chrome Edge trem is so sweet, wish I had one in my RG rather than the black one. Congratulations, looks like a great guitar.
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post #11 of 12 (permalink) Old 09-12-2007, 08:55 PM
 
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sweet axe dude. The old S series rock. I've got a 90 FGM100 so I feel your love.
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post #12 of 12 (permalink) Old 09-12-2007, 09:57 PM Thread Starter
 
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Re: The newest addition to the family...

Thanks all for the comments and advice. I fixed the trem and springs and now it's where it should be. Although I am using 4 springs because I couldn't balance the trem/tensions/strings with 3 springs. Will that do? It's still a lot less stiffer than 5 springs. And apparently one of the springs was smaller than the others, so that's the one i took out.
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