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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 02-02-2021, 04:50 AM Thread Starter
 
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Tremolo required - RG550 (Circa Late80s)

Well, it looks like I have misplaced my original tremolo arm. Given the guitar is over 31 years old, I wonder where it is. So i guess the quickest way to find it, is to order one. I have seen some horrendous prices on Ebay, of @ $100. The Ibanez site is more reasonable, but there are so many to choose from. IS there any site where I can establish the correct arm?

I purchased it @ 1989, and its the yellow RG550.
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post #3 of 11 (permalink) Old 02-02-2021, 07:14 AM
 
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Re: Tremolo required - RG550 (Circa Late80s)

The part number for the Original Edge/Lo Pro arm is 2LE21B, you can get them for $20.
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Re: Tremolo required - RG550 (Circa Late80s)

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Well, it looks like I have misplaced my original tremolo arm. Given the guitar is over 31 years old, I wonder where it is. So i guess the quickest way to find it, is to order one. I have seen some horrendous prices on Ebay, of @ $100. The Ibanez site is more reasonable, but there are so many to choose from. IS there any site where I can establish the correct arm?

I purchased it @ 1989, and its the yellow RG550.
It should be the ibanez 2LE2-1B and you can get them for $20-$40. It's possible you're seeing the UTA20 which is a more expensive, light-weight bar made of some sort of carbon graphite composite (it's really nice though, it exerts less torque in the bar socket so it has less of a tendency to slowly tip down. It limits flutter though if you want to do that).
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If you would be interested in a different option, the red bishop arm for the edge is pretty nice. I have one on one of my radiuses... Never needing bushings again is a pretty awesome thing. It has the same angle and feel as the ibanez arm so it doesn't feel wrong. Though it does require you to change the arm holder... So it's not a push in... And you're done situation.
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If you would be interested in a different option, the red bishop arm for the edge is pretty nice. I have one on one of my radiuses... Never needing bushings again is a pretty awesome thing. It has the same angle and feel as the ibanez arm so it doesn't feel wrong. Though it does require you to change the arm holder... So it's not a push in... And you're done situation.
how often can these bushings last? I had my guitar for over a year now and so far so goo, I don't have replacement bushings cause bought the guitar used.
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I guess it depends on how much you use the bar or how often you remove it and reinsert it... But once they wear a bit... I used to just heat them up with a lighter a bit to make them swell. Then they last a bit longer. They're just annoying to obtain... there's no where locally that sells them.

I had a 31 year 540r I bought that didn't come with a trem arm. For some reason the ibanez brand replacement didn't want to fit. It was a much tighter fit. It had the arm holder style that wasn't flush with the bridge. So I bought a red bishop replacement instead of a new arm holder. Since the ibanez brand arm holder is fairly expensive... The red bishop assembly was $40 on eBay from Japan.
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Re: Tremolo required - RG550 (Circa Late80s)

The holder tube is $14. The rest of the parts they jacked but all you needed was the tube.

The new bushings are much fatter, takes them alot longer to wear which I assume was the reasoning, but they're tough to get into any holder the first time.
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Ahh gotcha. That makes sense. Back when I was looking for the holder I wasn't aware of your website Rich, that's probably why I thought it was expensive. But either way, the red bishop seemed to be a nice upgrade IMO. I remember seeing somewhere (possibly here) that the guy who owns red bishop used to work for ibanez.
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Re: Tremolo required - RG550 (Circa Late80s)

everything Ibanez parts is expensive
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Re: Tremolo required - RG550 (Circa Late80s)

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If you would be interested in a different option, the red bishop arm for the edge is pretty nice. I have one on one of my radiuses... Never needing bushings again is a pretty awesome thing. It has the same angle and feel as the ibanez arm so it doesn't feel wrong. Though it does require you to change the arm holder... So it's not a push in... And you're done situation.
Interesting. I like the look of the intonation tool they make also, seems like a nice piece of kit and can be used on different bridges.
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