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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 08-29-2004, 05:42 AM Thread Starter
 
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Tremolos stiffness

Hey guys.

I've noticed that on most guitars that the pros use i.e. satch and vai and co, their whammy bars seem to be very tight and whereever you put them they will stay.

For instance, the old gargling trick where you place the arm at the back and whack it.

My tremolo seems floppy and wont actually stay in these positions it will just fall back, so who wud u make it tighter?
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post #2 of 11 (permalink) Old 08-29-2004, 05:54 AM
 
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replace the arm plastic bushings, or click the above banner IbanezRules for tricks.
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its brand new...
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Is there a certain direction you are supposed to line those plastic bushings up, as they rotate yeah???

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post #5 of 11 (permalink) Old 08-29-2004, 07:41 AM
 
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Take the bushings off and apply some clear nailpolish where the bushings go. Let it dry and put the bushings back on. It will make the bushings "expand" and ad friction, and thereby let the arm stay in a given position.
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how would i go about taking them off without breaking it?
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post #7 of 11 (permalink) Old 08-29-2004, 07:51 AM
 
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Use some pliers or whatever you need. I use my fingers, but remind you, I'm very strong.
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What tremolo are we actually talking about?
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an older edge pro i think (says licensed floyd on it) definitly not edge 2. the rg was about £600 2002 model basically like the new 2550ex.
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There is a certain way the bushings have to go on the bar. I noticed this in an old Ibanez intruction booklet. If you take the bushing off you'll notice thre are 3 little dots on one edge of the bushing and not the other edge. Those dots should be put on the bar so as they go in the trem arm holder first (In other words, when you are inserting the trem arm, the 3 little dots would be facing the arm hole). Another thing I've noticed with mine, is that when the bushings are on the bar, the gap in the bushings should be on opposing sides of the arm. Like one at 12 'clock and one at 6 o' clock. It just seemed to me when ever the bar goes limp, and I pull it out to look at the bushings, they have gravitated to the same side of the arm (12 o' clock/12 o' clock). So I move one to 6 o' clcok again and it's tighter. Of course when they are just plain worn out you either have to replace them or use nail polish.
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Wow! Never heard that before! I just tried it and it works pretty well! This should be common knowledge, why haven't anyone said something!?

Great post, CrossingStar!
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