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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 05-17-2015, 09:42 AM Thread Starter
 
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Question Lo-TRS 7 Studs - More Durable Alternatives?

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Which stud post/s are of the same length and thread pitch as the Lo-TRS ones, but harder and are able to withstand adjustment at full string tension?



Hey guys. Old member here, but for a long time I haven't really posted anything. Long story short, I'm currently in Japan and in possession of a 90's RG7420 in Magenta Crush. Aside from some issues regarding the radius difference between the nut/bridge and fret/fretboard, it plays pretty nicely. Even the stock V77/V78 pickups are decent enough for me to keep them on the guitar.

The biggest issue I have with the guitar though is the stud posts (the Lo-TRS 7 bridge seems to be pretty decent on the other hand). I found that turning them on full tension left some pretty significant grooves on the part where the bridge's knife edges should mate, effectively turning what should've been a V-shape groove into something like a U-shaped groove with exaggerated serifs from either side. This is the first time I've encountered such issues with stud posts, and even the stud posts that come with Edge III bridges are durable enough to not be "sliced" by the knife edges when adjusted at full string tension.

I have the chance to shop for original Ibanez parts since I am near a store which carries some pretty hard-to-find parts for Ibanez bridges. I am positive they carry Lo-TRS studs identical to what I have right now, but i think it might be a good idea to forgo these and opt for harder stud posts instead.

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Re: Lo-TRS 7 Studs - More Durable Alternatives?

Anyone? I'll be buying the parts hopefully by tomorrow.
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Re: Lo-TRS 7 Studs - More Durable Alternatives?

Solved my own problem today.

The closest fit for the LO-TRS stud posts that won't get sliced by the tremolo knife edges are Gotoh/Wilkinson VS100N stud posts. I initially thought I'd get less tremolo travel with the narrower v-cut on the posts, but it turned out not to be the case.

I put them on and the trem worked better than before - better return to pitch (no cut posts for the knife edges to catch on) and "flutter" is stronger than ever.

The VS100N studs, like all Gotoh trems, have the locking grub screws, but since my 7420's anchors don't seem to have metal bases, they won't really work well. I just decided to screw them upwards as far as they will go to prevent any rattling, although the screws are incredibly snug even without the additional locking mechanism.

Hope this helps somewhat. Cheers everyone.
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post #4 of 4 (permalink) Old 05-01-2016, 07:00 AM
 
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Re: Lo-TRS 7 Studs - More Durable Alternatives?

That's handy to know
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