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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 11-09-2003, 01:11 AM Thread Starter
 
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Newbie to floating bridges in need of some help...

Last night I purchased an RG350DX, and I'm having quite a time getting the darn thing to work in my favour

Due to a bunch of events that I won't get into right now, I was not able to have my new axe properly set up by anyone where I bought it, but a friend and co-worker of mine who posts on these forums is going to be helping me with all that in a week.

Anyways, I decided to take the restringing matters into my own hands, which was not as hard as I expected to be. Only problem is... I have all the strings on it, stretched and all, but for the life of me, I CAN NOT get the blasted thing in tune.

This is my first guitar with a floating bridge, so it is all quite new to me. I used the manual the guitar came with to help me through it, but after reading some of the tutorials on this site, apparently the way I did it makes it substantially harder to tune the guitar.
I started with the low E and worked my way up, if that makes any difference....

I have tried everything I can think of, but I cannot get all the strings tuned!
I get the low E tuned, and then the A, but by the time i lock the nut, and go to work on the D and G, the bottom two are compltely out! Totally flat.

I was wondering if anybody could be so kind as to help me with this situation, as I am REALLY desperate to play with my new toy.

Thanks in advance.
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post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old 11-09-2003, 01:17 AM
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No not touch the nut until the whole guitar is in perfect tune. Then follow this

http://www.ibanezrules.com/tech/setup/lockdown.htm
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*sigh*

This is ridiculous.

I'm doing exactly what it says, but I can't get it anywhere near perfect tuning.

I start totally slack. and work my way up, but once i get the bottom 3 strings tuned nicely, the top three are way out, and when I go to tune them, everything else goes out of tune...

*rips hair out*
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post #4 of 8 (permalink) Old 11-09-2003, 02:32 AM
 
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don't get mad dude , wait about a week and then try to tune it again for perfection..

i think it's because your guitar is new and it wasn't tuned yet and all it's metallic parts(trem , tuners, etc'...) are not "used enough"..

it happens on new guitars.
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Bunk.

Dude, you're obviously not reading it through. Tighten ANY string and the rest will go a little flat. Loosen any string and the rest will go a little sharp. Why start slack? Just keep tuning untill you get them all in tune, THEN follow that link.
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Here's a shortcut I use for tuning up after I stretch a new set of strings.

With the nut unlocked, tune the low E until it is sharp by 3 cents on the tuner. Tune the A and D, 3 cents sharp also. Tune the G and B, 2 cents sharp. Tune the high E to pitch.

Go back and check your tuning. If the lower strings are flat, repeat this process until you get close. When you're almost up to pitch, reduce the number of cents you tune sharp to 1 until you get it perfect.

Carefully lock the nut clamps and fine tune.

If you properly stretched your strings and your trem is properly set up and adjusted, you should be able to stay in tune for weeks at a time.
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Mixed in that link I talk about force tuning, but I just wrote the regular Tuning section as all I had there was Ibanez instructions, which tend to confuse people too

http://www.ibanezrules.com/tech/setup/tuning.htm
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Thanks for your help guys.

I'm goin back to work on it in a little bit.
Rich, your site rules
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