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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 07-09-2010, 10:17 PM Thread Starter
 
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Ibanez LO TRS II replacement trem

K, so this is my first post, and i've looked all over this site but couldn't find a difinitive answer. k, so i was given a 2000 Ibanez JEM555 from my friend because he had no more use to it. He said the only problem with it was the tremolo, after heavy use, it will not stay in tune. So i brought it to my local gutiar shop for a complete setup and i will admit that it did stay in tune for about 2 or 3 hours of heavy use, but will eventually go flat. i am sick and tired of this peice of s**t trem. So my question is does anyone know a quality bridge that could replace this, with minimal or no routing??? (Ibanez Lo-Trs Trem II)
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Re: Ibanez LO TRS II replacement trem

It's talked about all over this site, so I don't know how you missed it in search.

In saying that the Gotoh will fit with little to no routing. It's a fantastic trem too. Change out the old studs and anchors and replace with the high quality Gotoh locking units. The LO-TRS II studs are half the problem with tuning stability.
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Re: Ibanez LO TRS II replacement trem

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It's talked about all over this site, so I don't know how you missed it in search.

In saying that the Gotoh will fit with little to no routing. It's a fantastic trem too. Change out the old studs and anchors and replace with the high quality Gotoh locking units. The LO-TRS II studs are half the problem with tuning stability.
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Get some descent studs, new springs and you might be ok.
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Get some descent studs, new springs and you might be ok.
I doubt it. When I said the LO-TRS II studs were half the problem, the other half I didn't mention were the knife edges on the LO-TRS II. Both will go about the same time.

Buy a Gotoh licensed FR, and make sure you replace the studs and anchors too. If it's not a job you can do yourself pay someone to do it. Just replacing the trem sans studs is only half the job, and you'll still have tuning instability issues.
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Re: Ibanez LO TRS II replacement trem

thanks very much, i was hoping to put an OFR in but if a gotoh will work better then i will probably try that. thanks for your input.
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Re: Ibanez LO TRS II replacement trem

Here's a great option with minimal routing--it's very easy to do with just a Dremel and router bit:
http://projectguitar.com/tut/trs2lopro.htm



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In saying that the Gotoh will fit with little to no routing. It's a fantastic trem too.
Including studs and anchors?
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Including studs and anchors?
No. The trem should fit in the route, but you will have to pull out the old anchors and make the holes larger to accommodate the larger Gotoh ones. Well worth it though.
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Re: Ibanez LO TRS II replacement trem

thanks AlaskaBat, i think i will try that option
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post #10 of 10 (permalink) Old 07-13-2010, 09:28 AM
 
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Re: Ibanez LO TRS II replacement trem

Just be careful with the finish -- the guy doing the work on the link posted above is doing it on an oil-finished body. If you're not careful, you can chip the finish on something like a Jem. A good sharp bit and a steady hand are key.
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