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post #1 of 32 (permalink) Old 04-25-2004, 12:51 PM Thread Starter
 
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the chapstick fix :)

So I'm reading Ibanezrules.com, and Rich says to go buy chapstick to help fix tuning instability problems for the lo pro edge.

My guitar was getting pretty bad. Those who have kept up with my other threads know I've been having some tuning instability, which has worsed since i started trying to install the backstop and changing bridge height, action etc.

Anyway, I'd say my bridge return was about 95%, and sometimes after pulling up, strings would stay a half a semitone sharp. That was just brutal and it seemed to be getting worse and worse. Nothing was working.

Anyway, I went to the store, bought regular chapstick (the black tube), no colours/flavours, and rubbed it into the trempost pivot points with a toothpick (of course, the tremposts were turned out 180% for easy access as Rich recommend). I did both sides, then whammied my guitar 20 times or so to work it in.

Holy smokes! problem virtually solved...I still have a TINY bit of tuning instability, but only a few cents...its at least 98% accurate, possible 99%. I have a very discriminating ear, and I haven't been this satisfied with my bridge return in a long time. There's still a bit of room for improvement, but I can easily live happily ever after like that.


For those doubters, take it from me. Listen to Rich! This guy knows his stuff, and I owe him big time. The real purpose of this thread is gratitude to him.

However, as much as you all probably know about this fix, I want to take this opportunity to HIGHLY recommend trying this if you're having instability of some sort. It worked wonders for me, and it'll do the same for you in all likelyhood. And it costs a few bucks, and about 3 minutes of time. I was sure i would need to file the knife edges.


Let's just hope it stays working well, particularly with my ongoing fight with the backstop .LOL!
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post #2 of 32 (permalink) Old 04-25-2004, 12:56 PM
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It won't take the place of filing the knives, but it will improve your return. Of course I stick a big ole goober sized wad of it on each stud.
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LOL, i only put a little tiny bit, and it still worked wonders! Maybe a bit more will make it 100%
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I think Ill have to try that on a mates guitar - its nice to know these little tricks work
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Very nice to know, will try this on an axe in a minute actually, nice one.
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Hi, for those ones which English is not our mother lenguage...anybody can say what a Chapstick is?...what is it use for?..

Is the thing you use when your lips are kind of dry or coarse?..

anyone?

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just did it as well on a 777vbk.

worked like a charm.
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post #8 of 32 (permalink) Old 04-25-2004, 05:59 PM
 
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vladdrac, you're right, Chapstick is a lip balm used for moisturizing lips (and lubricating trem posts).
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post #10 of 32 (permalink) Old 04-25-2004, 08:45 PM Thread Starter
 
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you can look here to see it:

www.chapstick.com

keeps your lips and your guitar in check!
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vladdrac, you're right, Chapstick is a lip balm used for moisturizing lips (and lubricating trem posts).
Thanks man..i´m gonna try to find something similar here...

cheers
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post #12 of 32 (permalink) Old 08-15-2004, 05:12 AM
 
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I never got around to buying Chapstick after reading this thread. I was desperate so I used some old Blistex I had around. I checked the tuning before & after with my Peterson VS-1. Before was terrible on pull up, +24 cents, G string. Chords not usable. After Blistex was +10 cents on pull up, G string. Not perfect but at least I can get by until I dive again. Perhaps some filing and actual Chapstick will help further.
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post #13 of 32 (permalink) Old 08-17-2004, 09:14 AM
 
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Perhaps we will soon be buying chapstick at our local guitar shop, of course they'll put a fancy name on it and charge us ten times as much
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Yeah, and it'll be packaged in a blister pack and include an instruction booklet.
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post #15 of 32 (permalink) Old 08-17-2004, 06:44 PM
 
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why not use something like greese instead of chapstick?
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