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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 03-31-2008, 03:42 PM Thread Starter
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Possible issue with trem....or am I just nuts?

I'm a new trem owner....but think I pretty much have it figured out to where I'm comfortable at doing my own setups and all that good stuff on this guitar. It's an Ibanez RG series with a Edge 3 trem (I believe).

The tuning has been spot on for the past month or so....then all of a sudden this week it seems that it is slowly "drifting" out of tune. It's not that when I adjust one string....another goes out of tune. They're all detuning at the same time. The strings were stretched out and the locks on the nut are firm. When I initially setup the guitar, the fine tuners were screwed out a little less than half-way, giving me some room to play with for tuning. Now....I have my fine tuners screwed almost all the way in to have it in tune.

The only thing I can think of is a change in the weather? It has gotten a bit warmer here in Vegas.....but the guitar is in a climate controlled room. Thoughts? Is this normal?
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Re: Possible issue with trem....or am I just nuts?

It's possible that the change in weather has affected the tuning in the guitar. It is also possible that the strings weren't completely stretched out and/or are just in need of replacement.

Two things I would try if I were you:

1. Retune the guitar and play with it normally for a week and see if the problem goes away.

2. Inspect the guitar and see if the neck screws are still tight, etc. Put a fresh set of strings on and see what happens.

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Re: Possible issue with trem....or am I just nuts?

or the springs are "giving" a little every day...

So, stretch strings and springs carefully and retune and lock.
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post #4 of 9 (permalink) Old 03-31-2008, 04:29 PM Thread Starter
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How should I stretch the strings? Pull them out and stretch?
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Re: Possible issue with trem....or am I just nuts?

believe me I did that in the past.

Bend notes on the strings at different frets.
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OK...I'll give that a whirl. thanks!
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Re: Possible issue with trem....or am I just nuts?

Check the screws thru the neck that hold the locking nut down. Often climate changes will make those get a little loose and the whole nut can shift a little when you dump the trem.
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Re: Possible issue with trem....or am I just nuts?

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I'm a new trem owner....but think I pretty much have it figured out to where I'm comfortable at doing my own setups and all that good stuff on this guitar. It's an Ibanez RG series with a Edge 3 trem (I believe).

The tuning has been spot on for the past month or so....then all of a sudden this week it seems that it is slowly "drifting" out of tune. It's not that when I adjust one string....another goes out of tune. They're all detuning at the same time. The strings were stretched out and the locks on the nut are firm. When I initially setup the guitar, the fine tuners were screwed out a little less than half-way, giving me some room to play with for tuning. Now....I have my fine tuners screwed almost all the way in to have it in tune.

The only thing I can think of is a change in the weather? It has gotten a bit warmer here in Vegas.....but the guitar is in a climate controlled room. Thoughts? Is this normal?
The moistier/dryness level can affect the neck, so it may be bending the neck, which is perfectly normal. Climate controlled or HUMIDITY CONTROLLED? very different. Get a barometer, they're cheap liek 20 bucks to keep an eye out. I'm bettting that's the problem it is a widespread issue especially in a place like vegas where it can get really wet and really dry. Owning a guitar for 1 month isn't long enough for the knife edges of a trem to go bad unless you're a total dousche bag doing dive bombs in your sleep.

Second possibility, get a new trem. This is why an original Edge/OFR are superior to many bridges. The edges are hardened steel so they stay true longer.
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Re: Possible issue with trem....or am I just nuts?

i have an edge 3 trem on one of my guitars, id check you knife edges etc are all the same as when you strung it up,then put the fine tuners back to how you like to have them after restringing, then unlock the nut and retune it back up using the machineheads, lock it all down and see what happens after playing for a while/sitting for a few days... -it could just be a change in the weather though...
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