Re: How to set up ESP Arming Adjuster?
I actually had a hell of a time figuring out how to properly setup the ESP Arming adjuster. There's essentially three things that you can play with. The bolt itself(the part that makes contact with the trem) can actually be screwed in and out to shorten or lenthen the entire thing if needed. The spring in the midden adjusts the amount of tension you want against the trem, it can set set so stiff that it's practically fixed(that's how I have it setup on my edge equipped USA Custom that I added an EVH D-Tuna to). The adjustable screw at the end also shortens and lengthens the whole thing. The length of the whole thing determines how much back pull you get as the bolt has a shorter distance to travel before it fully compresses the springs.
But to tell you the truth, I just kept f**king with it until I liked the way it feels. I actually setup most of mine by figuring out where the trem block need to be so the trem sits properly and then I install the arming adjuster so that the furthest it will push is about where the trem block will be. (and adjusting the bolt itself to fine tune it). I normally use either 3 springs and the block lock(one one an angle and two straight) or 4 springs if I want to turn my trem to something that's more or less a fix tail.
(I've also setup one of my J-Customs to use 2 springs and it had a great feeling trem, but I usually use 9-46 or 10-52 gauge strings so I needed the extra spring on the bass side).
The trick is to get the trem and springs setup with the spring on the arming adjuster completely loose and then tighten the spring on the arming adjuster once you've gotten your trem the way you like it. My first couple of attempts at setting it up without instructions(this was before I realized Rich still had the manual for the Ibanez backstop on his site), my trems were setup but the trem action was stiff because I tightend the bolt on the arming adjuster first and went against it with the springs. (Then I figured it was better the other way around...).
Once you get it properly installed, I'm pretty sure you'll like it. I never regret selling the Ibanez backstop that I had ever since I discovered this thing. You'll actually hear a difference acoustically once it's installed (it's acoustically louder and you get more sustain!).
Hope I didn't confuse the $#!t outta you(my brains been pretty fried after watching 5 hours of Gilbert, Satch, Vai & Zakk guitar clinic videos that I just acquired). If you got problems feel free to PM me. Enjoy your Arming Adjuster!! (I swear by mine and got a bunch more on order for the rest of my guitars)