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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 11-28-2012, 05:17 AM Thread Starter
 
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Rg 550 trem question

I play in one band that plays in standard tuning and another band that tunes down a half-step. Will it strip the screws for the spring claw if I change tuning a few times a week?
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Re: Rg 550 trem question

Yes, you need two guitars.
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Would the schaller sure claw allow me to adjust the spring tension regularly without doing damage to the guitar?
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Seriously, you are far better off with a second guitar. Constantly playing with your guitars setup will be a pain in the ass. It's not just the trem claw, its intonating your bridge to ensure your guitar plays in tune ( or as close as possible ) for both tunings. Truss rod alignments, etc. You are going to wear things out prematurely.
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Get another guitar. I have 3. 1 for standard E. 1 for down a whole step. And 1 for down a step drop D. It is a huge pain just to switch tunings with 1 guitar not to mention spring tension, intonation, neck relief, action. Or you can get a fixed bridge.
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Or you might consider a Morpheus Droptune pedal. About $200 new or much less on Craigslist etc. You can drop half steps all the way to a full octave if you wish. I have one and it's indispensable when I'm learning Mastodon tunes!
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Or you might consider a Morpheus Droptune pedal. About $200 new or much less on Craigslist etc. You can drop half steps all the way to a full octave if you wish. I have one and it's indispensable when I'm learning Mastodon tunes!
I haven't heard of that. So it just takes the input signal and drops it by x steps?

Is it accurate?

I suppose as long as you're not playing so quietly that you can hear your guitar strings vibrate in addition to hearing the note come out of your amp, that would work.
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I haven't heard of that. So it just takes the input signal and drops it by x steps?

Is it accurate?

I suppose as long as you're not playing so quietly that you can hear your guitar strings vibrate in addition to hearing the note come out of your amp, that would work.
Yes, very accurate. It has had good reviews. You are also right that it's a bit difficult if you are playing low enough that you can hear the strings acoustically but I doubt that's happening in a band environment.

It also has a choice to 50/50 mix the normal pitch with a full octave drop. This is cool for covering, say, The Dead Weather's 'Blue Blood Blues'.
It is also a cool feature to use when you are practicing scales as it adds a groovy dimension to an otherwise usually dull exercise routine!
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Re: Rg 550 trem question

I own the whammy dt and it kills my tone. Is the morpheus better?
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Hey devind9,

I don't really want to tell you yay or nay on the tone, only because one man's trash is another man's treasure! Something that might sound good to me might sound crap to you! Here's a link to the website. I would certainly try it out before buying if you are worried about it.

http://morpheusefxpedals.com/droptune.php

I hope you do find the pedal useful though!
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That morpheius sounds pretty neat.

For the original poster, yes you will probably be better off with another guitar so you can have each setup appropiately. Assuming you need the floating trem capability on each one. If you are not really using the trem in either band an option to consider would be installing a Tremol-No bar in the back cavity. That would allow you turn the floating bridge into a hardtail and it would be easier to change from standard A440 to a half step down and back without too much issue.
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2 guitars or a capo. your choice.


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