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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 04-21-2007, 09:38 AM Thread Starter
 
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Tuning stability and diffs on fixed bridge on RGR321EX and MTM2..?

Hallo..
I have been looking to maybe get a fixed bridge 6 stringer..
I like the reversed headstock (like i used to have on my pgm30 i had sold long ago..), so that rgr321ex looks promising..plain and simple..but still, very nice..i lik ethe binding..
PUs are mediocrity..but, they are replacable anyway..(btw, since they are EMG lic PUs, are they easily replaceble with standard passive pus, like Dimarzio..?)

The other guitar which is similar is MTM2..everything pretty much the same, except mahagony body and edge III FX bridge..

What i would like to know is how big difference is between these 2 bridges..?
I know that EDGE III FX is lockable..but, beside more precise tuning, and probably keeping better in tune, since having a locking nut, how is it considering the tone..? Do the strings go through the body, or just to the tailpiece, like on regular floyd equipped guitar..? So, how does it influences to the sustain..?

And, considering RGR321ex, what are the opinions and experiences about its tuning stability..? It is simpler to use, since there is no need of allen wrenching, cutting string ball ends and stuff, which i am sick and tired from having only floyd equipped guitars.. i like the FX bridge more considering th elooks, but thats really not that important, of course..
So, rgr321ex is about 350euros, and mtm1 about 500e...
I dont care much for the wood difference, pus are the same quallity..considering the looks, very equal..so, what matters is the tuning stability..which depends on tuning pegs and bridge quallity..
So, i am waiting for some opinions..!
Thanx
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post #2 of 10 (permalink) Old 04-21-2007, 09:40 AM Thread Starter
 
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Re: Tuning stability and diffs on fixed bridge on RGR321EX and MTM2..?

ps: does rgr321ex, being a lower end RG has some bubinga stripe in the neck, or something..?
And whats its country of origin..?
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Re: Tuning stability and diffs on fixed bridge on RGR321EX and MTM2..?

Hi!

Easiest things first:

The RGR321EX is made in Indonesia and does not have a bubinga stripe in the neck.

I have one myself and it's a nice guitar, but it can NOT compare to my 1993 RG550 in sound and quality. The pickups are as you said very bad. I had problems with feedback all the time. I replaced them with DiMarzio Breeds and had no problem fitting or connecting them.

My guitar had serious tuning issues. The stock tuners were not very good so I replaced them with locking Sperzels. It got better, but not 100%.
I guess maybe the string-through-body system or the bridge itself is causing the problems. Anyone else got any opinions?

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post #4 of 10 (permalink) Old 08-23-2014, 05:36 AM
 
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Re: Tuning stability and diffs on fixed bridge on RGR321EX and MTM2..?

I think he may have found the answer in the last 7 years.
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Re: Tuning stability and diffs on fixed bridge on RGR321EX and MTM2..?

Hope so... ;-)
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post #6 of 10 (permalink) Old 08-23-2014, 11:52 AM
 
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Re: Tuning stability and diffs on fixed bridge on RGR321EX and MTM2..?

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My guitar had serious tuning issues. The stock tuners were not very good so I replaced them with locking Sperzels. It got better, but not 100%.
Locking tuners do NOT help tuning stability. They are designed to make string changes easier.

You might think of getting a better nut at the top of the fretboard. Also, did you use a pencil and lube the nuts (the part where the strings go through) a bit? I heard that helps stability a bit.
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post #7 of 10 (permalink) Old 08-23-2014, 09:50 PM
 
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Re: Tuning stability and diffs on fixed bridge on RGR321EX and MTM2..?

Locking tuners do help stability to some extent. With very little string wind needed to get the string on there's less string slippage, which in turn leads to better stability.
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post #8 of 10 (permalink) Old 08-24-2014, 12:41 AM
 
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Re: Tuning stability and diffs on fixed bridge on RGR321EX and MTM2..?

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Locking tuners do help stability to some extent. With very little string wind needed to get the string on there's less string slippage, which in turn leads to better stability.
I dunno, after hearing the founder of DBZ/Diamond talking about locking tuners with the Tone King a couple weeks ago, I'm not sure whether they actually do help stability or not.
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Re: Tuning stability and diffs on fixed bridge on RGR321EX and MTM2..?

They do
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post #10 of 10 (permalink) Old 08-24-2014, 11:08 AM
 
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Re: Tuning stability and diffs on fixed bridge on RGR321EX and MTM2..?

I believe locking tuners help a lot, but a combination of locking tuners and a good lo-friction nut is of course the best. I have a strat with Wilkinson tremolo, Sperzels tuners and GrapTech nut and it's very stable.

I'll try to get hold of a GrapTech nut for the RGR321 as well - I'll let you know how it turns out. :-)
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