Wow, that's a lot of latent hostility and headbashing peeps, not everybody has 30+ years of experience setting up floating trems like I do, or are corksniffing wannabe armchair Ibanez tech geniuses 🤣
Don't you think that there's already enough bickering and contrarianism going on everywhere else on the net and IRL these days?
I haven't posted much here in the decade since I joined because I never needed to, but I have been lurking in the background, and I always remembered this forum as a place of helpfulness, positiveness, tolerance and respect.
I sincerely hope it's still the case.
If you want to help this guy out then fine, please do, but if you're posting just to vent your frustration we'd actually be better off if you abstained.
Now, to the OP, you seem to have an attitude problem too.
Don't ask for advice if you're not prepared to graciously accept it.
You're then of course free to implement it or not.
Otherwise you might as well preface your questions with: "help, I need someone to confirm my bias about...".
By the way, it's a bad idea to bash Rich here, especially when undeserved, as he has personally helped most of us out, at one moment or another.
Anyway, if your guitar's bridge set up suits you and you're happy with it, fine by me, just let it be. I've seen worse, and you still can pull up on it a bit.
Too much positive tilt is even worse IME.
But if you want you can make sure that the trem's knife edge inserts are perfectly parallel to the guitar's body, as by four-decades-old universal lore and consensus that's the optimal setup for tuning stability and sustain.
Have a look at the attached photo. This particular trem has a slight negative (backwards) tilt too, but much less, it's almost on point to my eye.
I want you to know that even if it looks like black magic at first, it's actually perfectly possible to learn to adjust the trem angle yourself with a little patience, and it's part of the required skill set for long-term floating trem guitar ownership.
The trick is to be methodical and adjust the spring claw screws by small increments, keep track of how much you've tightened or loosened them and always retune the guitar to perfect pitch after each adjustment.
With more experience you can eventually be a little less strict with the last step, as you'll have learned to gauge how much to compensate one way or the other.
Since Rich's perfectly serviceable how-to doesn't seem to suit you, which baffles me, there are dozens of good videos on YT you can watch to guide you.
Anyway, here is my own condensed version of the detailed steps, noob friendly as requested, in the right order:
1) First check the trem cavity backplate to see if you have access to the spring screws.
Some of those older Ibbies already have 2 slots in the backplate to access them directly, so maybe you don't even need to take the backplate off. Otherwise take the 6 screws off and open it up.
2) Then unlock your nut screws, set all the micro-tuners on the trem at the same height (unscrew them about 2/3 out) and tune your guitar up at the headstock.
3) In your case, since you'd want the trem to tilt slightly more forward, unscrew both spring tension screws about 1/4 of a turn, sometimes even less depending on how close to the right adjustment you already are.
(For those who need it to tilt backwards it's the opposite, screw them in 1/4 of a turn.)
CAREFUL HERE, a small adjustment goes a long way! If your trem is already almost at the proper angle, with the knife inserts almost perfectly parallel to the body, adjusting just one of the screws 1/8 of a turn might be enough.
4) Tune your guitar up at the headstock again. It will take 2-3 tuning passes to get there, but it's normal.
5) Check the angle of the dangle of the trem knife edges, and if necessary adjust a little more, or if you went too far turn the screws back in 1/8 of a turn.
6) It's ESSENTIAL to completely retune your guitar to perfect pitch at the headstock between each adjustment when you're a noob to this, trust me. It's tedious but that's how it must be done if you want to avoid another trip to the guitar tech.
7) When you're happy with your trem angle, re-lock your nut, put the backplate back on if you took it off, and give your guitar a final good tune with the micro-tuners.
Voilà, not so difficult after all.
Last edited by Exxi3; 02-03-2021 at 09:30 PM.
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