I needed some help setting the angle on my guitar and although I have had some experience with setting up a floating tremolo, I have forgotten a few things and require help remembering a few things that need to be done when setting the bridge's angle i.e. lowering or raising the bridge. I had taken it to a shop recently and the fretboard was cleaned and the strings were changed. I'm not too worried about any buzzing right now or anything else, such as intonation etc. or even action height as I just want to set the tremolo angle/bridge angle. I also want to skip the part where the strings need to be stretched ( as mentioned on Ibanez Rules' website, and others) since I think that needs ot be done after the bridge angle is set??
The bridge is raised, which means that the strings are pulling it up, or that if I drop the tuning by a half step or so then the bridge would settle down. So my questions are :
1. When turning/tigheting the screws in the back cavity, do I need to detune all of the strings first? Do I need to first detune the strings and then tighten the screws at the back or do I need to tighten them without detuning the strings and retuning them? This would mean that I would have to detune and retune before after every 1/4 or 1/8th turn. Excuse me if I'm wrong but that's just how I learnt it a long time back, that the stirngs should be loosened and the bridge depressed before tightening the screws in the back/spring cavity, and then raised again/retuned to check the angle.
2. How much should I turn the screws at the back, at a time? Should they be 1/4 or 1/8th turns?
3. Since the tremolo/bridge angle is to be setup with the tuners at neutral position according to the pictures, and the guitar is to be locked with the tuners turned halfway (for fine tuning), I'm guessing that I should set the angle height with the tuners at neutral and once that is done, turn the tuners down halfway, check the tuning and then proceed to lock the strings at the nut? I'm using the first two (and other) images on google images search as a guide, keywords being : ibanez lo pro edge tremolo angle. I'm sorry I couldn't post individual links and photographs, my post count isn't 10 yet. Those and similar photographs are my reference. I think one of the photographs is from the jemsite page on how to setup the tremolo, but the photographs don't download/appear when I click on the page. In all similar photograpsh for the bridghe height and angle the tuners are all at neutral. So, how should I go about setting the tuners at the middle position or should I set the angle with the tuners at the middle position?
4. Once I have accomplished that is that the correct time to stretch/loosen the strings? Should I only bend the strings or should I use the tremolo arm as well? For how long should I do that and after how long should I proceed to the next step/stage?
5. Do I check the action now or/and later i.e. after I have locked the strings?
6. When do I need to check the intonation and also check for buzzing ( & actions)?
I have another question not relating to the bridge's/tremolo's angle/height/setup, and it has 2 parts to it ; (7.) What will happen to the guitar if I leave the locking nuts open (besides it going out of tune), and, secondly, what will happen if I leave the locks open and install a tremol no and set it to dive only mode. My reason for asking is this that I want to know if there will negative effects on any part or aspect of the instrument, such as neck bow etc.
If someone could answer the 3-4 questions on top then maybe I can get the bridge down, but unitl then I cannot proceed as I don't know whether I'm supposed to loosen the strings or not before tightening the screws in the spring cavity. Please excuse my grammar, spelling and noobness. I would appreciate it if someone could help me out, otherwise I'm going nowhere and the guitar's neck has got F# or so worth of tension on it (what your bridge would look like if you set it up for E and tune it to F/F#)