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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 11-13-2009, 11:05 PM Thread Starter
 
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Unhappy Suggestions for trem arm slop in new Jackson Dinky?

Just got a new Jackson Dinky DK2S from an online dealer, with "JT580 LP" bridge. It seems like a decent guitar (and the Sustainiac is a blast- main reason I got it). But the linkage between the trem arm and the bridge is sloppy, no matter how hard I try to tighten the finger-nut which holds the bar into the bridge. I was hoping it would be as tight as the OFR on a 20+ year old guitar I have, but instead it's almost as sloppy as the screw-in bar in my Strat. No good for the Vai-type flutter effects, etc. This was a "floor" model and came with no manual or tools. I see an Allen screw head opposite the bar under the bridge plate (after taking off trem cavity cover on the back), but it is tight.

Any suggested modifications or upgrades to tighten this thing up?

I searched on here and elsewhere and didn't see any similar complaints, so maybe I should just send it back while I still can and try another?

Thanks in advance!
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post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old 11-14-2009, 12:14 AM
 
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Re: Suggestions for trem arm slop in new Jackson Dinky?

I have one of those OFR type arms on my ZR trem and unfortunately I've never managed to get it tight as I would like it. The only thing I can suggest is applying nylon washers and shims in particular areas to increase the clamping pressure, but I have yet to try that myself.
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Re: Suggestions for trem arm slop in new Jackson Dinky?

Get an OFR and replace that 580LP.

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Re: Suggestions for trem arm slop in new Jackson Dinky?

Thanks guys. I may well replace it with an OFR eventually. Would still like to make this one work in the meantime though. I can tell from searches that the 580LP isn't exactly well liked, but can't tell if this is a common reason.

Can't find any info on where to get or how to use nylon washers?

Would one of these fit, and solve the problem (replace collar assembly on 580LP with the one that comes with this)?
http://www.allparts.com/Black-Tremol...p-1000-003.htm
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Re: Suggestions for trem arm slop in new Jackson Dinky?

Weld it...
I had the same problem with my Dinky, I ordered a replacement from guitarfetish, with the nylon bushing, problem solved.
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Re: Suggestions for trem arm slop in new Jackson Dinky?

This is the ticket...

http://www.allparts.com/Black-Tremol...p-1000-003.htm

I did it to mine.

Also worth noting is that by the time the replacement bar arrived...the original bar "fixed itself". Apparently, it just needed some time/use to get the bar and bushing to seat properly. I still replaced the bar and have never looked back.
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Re: Suggestions for trem arm slop in new Jackson Dinky?

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I can tell from searches that the 580LP isn't exactly well liked, but can't tell if this is a common reason.
The trem arm I think is the main problem with the trem, and why so many people replace it with an OFR ASAP.
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Re: Suggestions for trem arm slop in new Jackson Dinky?

Yes, this does seem to be a problem with the Jackson bridge. I find that whilst the bridge itself is OK (perfectly fine in operation and of decent quality) the arm holder is definately the weak link within the design. I have found it a bit frustrating, tightening the arm in only for it to come loose very soon afterwards after little use.

OFR replacement is an option, but think I will persist with it for now, will use my engineering skills to experiment and come up with a solution

'87
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