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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 07-11-2016, 09:06 PM Thread Starter
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The Joys of the Edge LP - An Ex Hard-Tailer Account

Sometimes I'm dense. Other times I'm really dense, but hey, look! A squirrell!

When you read that the problem with an unstable double locking trem is likely you, really take a look at yourself. When I read that I'd have to stretch the strings during the setup, I had no idea what would be involved. I've been a fixed bridge guy for the longest time and a decked trem man at best.

I changed the strings on my S days ago and the thrill has been gone just as long. I thought I had stretched them out well enough - and I did by my standards, but it was only when I spent about 3 minutes on each string aggressively stretching them that I was able to get it right. As per Rich's tech article, once you can stretch them twice while maintaining pitch, you can move on.

I found that even light use of the trem was all it took to throw it back out, but I remembered a jar of synthetic machine gun grease that I had in the closet. I coated the stud and knife edges with it and now it's just fantastic! The guitar came with locking studs, so that makes things a touch more secure.

It boggles the mind that I can absolutely abuse the strings with no fear of retribution - not even a spring creaks in defiance. This is such an enjoyable guitar to play with 10 ga strings. I just fear the day I break a string live! Sweet mercy. That's why I've got Al Green to back me up. How do you guys cope with that live?

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How do you guys cope with that live?
Stop, make a joke, and the guys should have some prepared ditty they can play for the 3 minutes it'll take you to change the string and get back in action. That means, have a full set of singles and the tools prepared at all times in the case well so you waste no time. String, stretch, tune, lock down, fine tune everything, get back to the gig.
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Easy answer is get another guitar. I always have an RG/JEM, another RG for backup with the same tuning and a hardtail for easy tuning of drop D or full D. Had an RG421 but use an Epi Les Paul Tribute Plus that I can use for different tunings and the rock songs that scream for the LP sound.
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I broke a string on the first gig i ever had, i was like 17 years old and me and my band got a gig at a restaurant playing covers, i had an RG550 and no back up guitar, i broke my high e string at the beginning of the second song... it was not a pleasant experience but luckily i brought an extra pack of strings.
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