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post #1 of 2 (permalink) Old 10-20-2001, 04:21 PM Thread Starter
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Blocking trems - Thinking of doing this for detuning purpose

Okay guys, here's the plan....after I procure my new 7DBK, I am going to invest in a couple of RGs, probably a 570, 550, or 520....this is what I plan to do....I plan to have three RGs, each in a different drop-d derivative tuning, just for ease of playing onstage....I plan on blocking the trems on all of these, and having them in drop-d, drop-c#, and drop-c, respectively. *I assume that blocking the trem will allow me to tune these all accordingly, with whatever gauge strings I choose, and with ease.....I want the RGs because of the tuning stability of the Edge trem....I assume I will still reap the benefits of the Edge, even though the trem isn't particularly "in use"? *Am I correct in my assumptions?
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post #2 of 2 (permalink) Old 10-20-2001, 05:16 PM
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Blocking trems

Some say trems have better tuning "stability" over fixed bridges. I find this completely misleading as a fixed bridge setup right should have NO tuning problems. Assuming everything else with the guitar works the way it should.

Now one piece of advice I would give you is to forget the trems and get 3 RG421's. If you REALLY want to add tuning stability (or peace of mind), add some locking Sperzals.

Another option is that if you do stick with trem-equipped guitars, you should be able to setup each to whatever tuning you want and still have use of the trem. The only 2 things you might have to compromise with is string gauge and trem stiffness. If you can't find a happy medium with that or simply would rather have the trem blocked then go right ahead and you should have no problems. You can also use pretty much any string gauge you want and still set the trem at the right angle. Another big plus is that you could setup the guitars this way for now and down the road if you decide you want to use the trems you can just unblock it and set it up.
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