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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 08-25-2011, 05:36 PM Thread Starter
 
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Locking Stud Mod

Well I swapped out the Lo-TRS trem for an original EDGE a while back and never got around to doing the locking stud mod until now.

Before the mod I would notice that the guitar be slightly out of tune after normal playing. (mainly on the G,B and hi E strings)

After this mod, I can really dive and pull on the bar and it will return to perfect pitch.. Very consistent and reliable now.. I am a happy camper

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Before MOD





Remove strings, claw, springs and trem



Old studs and anchors




New "locking" studs and anchors

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post #2 of 9 (permalink) Old 08-25-2011, 05:47 PM Thread Starter
 
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Re: Locking Stud Mod

Remove studs and anchors with a hammer, towel (to protect finish) and a peice of wood for leverage





Another shot of the old studs and anchors



Since the new anchors were larger in diameter than the old ones, I had to drill a bit to make the new ones fit.

Be careful NOT to drill a hole that is too big. I practiced some 2X4 to make sure that the anchors would fit nice and tight..

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Re: Locking Stud Mod

STUDS are in... but in the photo below the anchors are NOT deep enough..









I actually assembled everything back together at this level and action was crazy high... So I went back and made the holes a little deeper so that the anchors were at least flush with the body...

I will try to post pictures of the finished product tomorrow.
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Re: Locking Stud Mod

hey that is some great info. Did you drill out the holes larger with a hand drill???? If you did, you've got some courage and a STEADY Hand! It would be great if you could confirm what size you drilled to, I recall previous threads stating that the edge locking studs use a 11mm bore.

On the emg's, those look awesome in your natural finished guitar. How do you like the sound? Can you get some nice clean, light OD blues tones easily? What models do you have? I'm very interested in EMGs for my next guitar, as I have to buy all new pickups, and want something versatile and I HATE noise.
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Here is the finished product









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hey Did you drill out the holes larger with a hand drill???? If you did, you've got some courage and a STEADY Hand!
Yes, I used a impact driver hand drill. I do not have a drill press.. yet...

Well, I do have courage...Steady Hand...ahem... not so much...Went a little too deep... Oh well... it is now a "Semi-Chambered" body..

DOH!!!!



I might go back and fill it later...not too bad with the back plate on...




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It would be great if you could confirm what size you drilled to,
I used a 13/32 drill bit which converts to 10.5MM

http://www.engineeringtoolbox.com/in...ion-d_751.html

Box 1, 5th bit (counting from L-R), second row






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On the emg's, those look awesome in your natural finished guitar. How do you like the sound? Can you get some nice clean, light OD blues tones easily? What models do you have? I'm very interested in EMGs for my next guitar, as I have to buy all new pickups, and want something versatile and I HATE noise.
Yeah... I like the look as well.. I was trying to replicate the RBMNT2.. As far as the sound...My configuration is a SA, SA and 85. I also did the 18V mod on these so here are my opinions on the sound:
  • Clear, Detailed and Articulate
  • NO Noise..
  • Tight Bass.. Great for Metal speed picking riffs.
  • Pinch Harmonics sound really cool with these P-ups...
People often say that active pups are sterile.. No Mojo.. and I would have to agree. Not saying that it is bad thing..

For blues I would not use these P-ups.. I tend to use this guitar when tracking clean reggae skanks.. I lean on my RG770's when I want some flavor...
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Great pickup description, I whole heartedly agree...
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Bump..

Sorry I was in the middle of switching hosting companies.. Pic are back up now
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Bump..

Sorry I was in the middle of switching hosting companies.. Pic are back up now
LOL.... funny that you bumped this after 4 years. I just started swapping the non- lockers in my Edge-Pro equipped 1560.

The best drill bit for the ED/LP anchors is a 27/64". Of course that's only 1/64" bigger than what you used. I've done this swap a few times on TRS guitars but this is my first time on an EP route.
I have to route the entire cavity before I can install the new anchors because the part of the body between the trem route and pickup route is too close to the anchor bores. The slightly larger anchors hit against this piece of wood. I had a template for the ED/LP route, but lost it somehow. I ordered some new router bits today so I can make a new template then procede with doing the swap.
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