Hey there peeps.
I just bought myself an RG370DX (from GAK) which arrived today. I've been playing the same guitar for 8 years so It's kind of a big step for me (as lame as that sounds). My old Guitar is a B.C. Rich Mockingbird with a fixed bridge and some Seymour Duncans I got from an old high school friend's Randy Rhoades signature guitar. I'll probably end up putting them in the 370 but I need to sort some things out first.
Firstly, my apologies in advance, my technical knowledge is limited when it comes to guitars, the most 'advanced' thing I've done is lower the action on my B.C. Rich which was a fixed bridge, so all I had to do was turn the screws. I have never really played on a guitar with a trem before so couple that with the Floyd Rose system, I'm a bit overwhelmed.
I think it's actually set up pretty well. The first thing I did was loosen the Floyd Rose lock at the headstock and stretch out the strings before retuning, and it hasn't gone out of tune once since (even with me going crazy with the trem). But the trem does sound pretty "creaky", is the best I can describe it as, and not being familiar with it I'm worried it might not be normal. Can anyone put my mind at ease?
Another thing I've noticed, I think the action is too low, there's a slight buzz in the lower string lower frets, however the strings aren't as loose as I'd thought they'd be (compared with one I tried before), about as tight as my fixed bridge on my Mockingbird, so you really have to force bends. I think, going on some info I've read in some posts on here, that the trem angle isn't quite neutral and as such everything is "tight". Could someone tell me how to sort that out please?
Finally, I've noticed that on the top E string at the 12th fret the if you fret that note and play any other notes on the same string directly after (like a shredded scale, or a simple hammer-on) the harmonic of the note rings through over the top, it's like that only fret has uber sustain or something which is really annoying. Is that a result of the above issues, or is it like a severe problem?
So sorry if these are easy questions, and for the long winded post, I just wanted to be thorough.
I found this link http://www.ibanez.com/support/howtos.asp
via the a search which looks pretty useful, but it still gets a bit confusing for me, and obviously apprehensive given that it's brand new and I don't want to break anything.
Look forward to your responses.
Thanks in advance