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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 01-18-2004, 06:41 PM Thread Starter
 
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WOW! Best improvement to my RG450dx EVER!!!!!

Hey guys,

I have a few Ibanezes consisting of RG450s and RG570s. The 570 is great, especially with the LO PRO trem.

My RG450 is a great guitar, nice sound, pretty colour, nice (fatter) neck but even though i thought my TRS II stayed in tune pretty well in reality it didnt.

On the weekend i was playing the 450 and did a few whole note bends and so on and what do you know...guitar went flat :S so i thought stuff this.

Out to the shed i go, i first pulled the 3 springs at the back of my bridge, releasing the trs trem. i now had an empty cavity....what now....

I decided to place 2 flathead wood screws in the back of the cavity, that way i can adjust them to stop the bridge moving forward and strings goung flat you can see this in the diagram labelled (1) the reason i chose wood screws is coz they have a flat head.

next i made up an "L" bracket out of some metal (3) i had lyinng around, if you do this made sure that is thick-ish steel that wont bend from the force of the trem.

i measured and aligned the trem and screwed the L bracket into place (2) into place, i then adjusted the back screws to push the trem hard against the L bracket. I then put the two springs back in and checked for any movement. NONE at all. I made my TRS Fixed...

Doing this was the best thing i have ever done to a guitar period. Being a floating bridge double locking set up originally it has the clamps at the nut of the guitar too, all i do now is i tune the guitar from the machine heads and then lock down the clamps then fine tune if i have to, but because the bridge will not move i have a perfectly in tune guitar. I have given it an absolute thrashing and it stays perfectly in tune, i can also adjust the height of the trem without retuning...hows that.


the best thing is it only took 5 minutes and its given my RG450 a new lease of life. I havent put it down all weekend and my poor 570 is now getting jealous.


here is a diagram of what i did



it works really really really well.
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post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old 01-18-2004, 06:43 PM Thread Starter
 
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forgot to add,


the way i did this doesnt have to be a permanent set up, it can come apart in no time and the guitar will always be as it was before, a non destructive fixed bridge set up nice....
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post #3 of 8 (permalink) Old 01-18-2004, 06:48 PM Thread Starter
 
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here she is in action

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also the sustain is soooo much better now
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post #4 of 8 (permalink) Old 01-18-2004, 07:04 PM
 
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nice but you could have put a piece of wood right behind the trem also.....
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post #5 of 8 (permalink) Old 01-18-2004, 07:19 PM Thread Starter
 
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lol very true



but wouldnt a block on the back of the trem stop the trem from going forward and not backward?
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post #6 of 8 (permalink) Old 01-18-2004, 07:22 PM
 
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That's why you put another wooden block in front...
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post #7 of 8 (permalink) Old 01-18-2004, 07:31 PM
 
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There is alot of things people do. like putting a Bic lighter back there works as well.
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post #8 of 8 (permalink) Old 01-18-2004, 07:42 PM
 
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no a block under the would stop if from going backwards as in down and just keep the strings tight and all would be fine
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