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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 07-18-2004, 10:12 PM Thread Starter
 
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Modding an S270's trem

I got a surprisingly decent MIK S270. The woodwork is impeccable, except shoddy finshing in the cavities (wait... no, it's not shoddy: there is NO finish there!). Beautiful oil-finished mahogany. After a bit of butchering (change of PUs and electronics, shielding, grounding, etc) she plays beautifully and sounds as good as any guitar I've played. So a guitar that was destined to be a project eventually turned into a keeper.

It's just hard to get a very low action (under 15mm) without buzz, but I do think that's the trem: neck is straight as an arrow and there's minimal fretwear. It's very unstable, so it's hard to find the truss rod-trem height-spring tension balance. This takes me to the matter at hand: the trem.

It's a TRS505 single-locking, which is to say, the only use I can find for it is to beat Mr. Hoshino on the head with it (not that it would do too much damage ).

It's actually NOT the worst trem I've played (heck, I paid 120 bucks for the guitar, can't complain!). Intonation is dead on and it stays in tune (audibly) when used gently (which is OK for me, I'm not Vai). On a good day, I can even do the odd dive bomb . However, I need more reliability.

Here are my options:

1. Get an Original Floyd Rose. Is it worth it? Has anyone tried this on a guitar of similar quality?. This axe does look very solid, but I would like an expert opinion.

2. Get a Tremsetter while I save up for the OFR. Would it make a big difference, since the trem is single-locking? Has anyone tried with this trem?

3. Install a TremStop. Problem is, I don't want to deface the guitar (yes, it IS that beautiful). Plus, I do use the bar for slow vibrato. Likewise for blocking the trem with wood.

4. Go over to Japan and hit Mr. Hoshino with it. Considering the thing would break in the attempt, it wouldn't do much damage and I could afford the lawsuit compensation.

Any ideas?
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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 07-19-2004, 02:08 AM
 
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Personally, I would just save up for an OFR. That's going to be your best bet if you want to stick with this guitar.
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post #3 of 7 (permalink) Old 07-19-2004, 03:07 AM
 
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i'd save up for a OFR too.
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Yes, that's the idea, the OFR. I was just wondering if anybody has installed the OFR on a similar guitar, whether it's worth it and the guitar wil last. The neck is not 1 pc.; it's hollow. It behaves impeccably and it's dead straight after 3 years of playing, but it 'feels' flimsy. I have no experience with such necks because my other guitar is an RG770, (MIJ, maple fingerboard, neck 1pc. solid maple) and the thing is built like a tank. After 12 years, it's still perfect. Perhaps I'm spoiled. I don't know if the S270 will give me trouble in the future. Well, I can give it the "Hoshino test", like with the trem. If the neck withstands a heavy blow to Hoshino's head, I'm keepin' it: that's what I call quality control

Thanks for the feedback.

Some day I'll be rich. I just wish I got over this GAS (Gear Acquisition Syndrome, I get it sometimes to blame my gear for my poor playing skills, but I'm too lazy to practice )
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...I was just wondering if anybody has installed the OFR on a similar guitar, whether it's worth it and the guitar wil last.
i did that on some guitars, no fear, it will just fit the TRS place with no mods at all.





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...I just wish I got over this GAS I get sometimes to blame my gear for my poor playing skills, but I'm too lazy to practice...
a common disease among guitar players...
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post #6 of 7 (permalink) Old 07-21-2004, 01:43 PM
 
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Why not go Schaller? They are cheaper and still very good quality.
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post #7 of 7 (permalink) Old 07-21-2004, 08:45 PM Thread Starter
 
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Yes, I was considering that. The problem is, I live in a remote location in China and the only way I can get a decent trem is online, and Schaller seems to go for the same price as the OFR.

Thanks for the feedback. Much appreciated

Has anyone tried Gotoh?
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