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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 04-17-2002, 06:19 AM Thread Starter
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Problem with tension

Hello! this is my first post here. i just got my new JS1000, and after playing it for a few days, my fingers started hurting. i compared the JS to my Ibanez RG270, and i noticed that the tension of the strings on the JS is much greater. its gotten to the point i'm playing my RG more than the JS! help!
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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old 04-17-2002, 06:10 PM
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Problem with tension

Do you use the same brand of strings on both guitars? Are they the same gauge?
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post #3 of 6 (permalink) Old 04-18-2002, 12:40 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks Jono!
No. on the RG i have fender (10-42) and on the JS i have the strings that came with it, don't know what type or brand.
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post #4 of 6 (permalink) Old 04-19-2002, 11:20 PM
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Problem with tension

First thing I would suggest would be to get the guitar setup with the brand of strings you intend to use with it. *Most folks have one brand they tend to stick with (like both smokers and beer drinkers) as well as guage.

I'd also check to make sure the number of springs in the trem is the same as the other.

The third thing to keep in mind is that there's a "break in" period for springs. *It will take a bit for them to get settled in but once they do they're good for a long while. *
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post #5 of 6 (permalink) Old 04-20-2002, 07:38 PM
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Problem with tension

It could also be the way you have your action, and the way your neck is bowed. Adjusted the truss rod and action can help the tention.

Also, having your springs aligned in parallel will help the tension.

One question I have there a particular string brand that has the loosest tension (in standard tuning) with .009-.042 gauge?

(Edited by Vai the god of Sound at 2:39 pm on April 20, 2002)
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post #6 of 6 (permalink) Old 04-20-2002, 09:01 PM
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Problem with tension

Old tip, and you probably have read it, but ...

Detune the guitar and bring it slowly back into tune again ... Seriously. And *slowly*.

Bring it down until you feel comfortable with the tension (this could be some notes down). Make sure it's "about" in tune at that position, i.e. as if you were playing with EbAbDb ... or even lower tuning.

Then work your way up until it's in tune, work on all strings at the same time. Turn all the tuners about half a turn, repeat, repeat, repeat until you're done. Just keep an eye on your tuner so one string doesn't rocket, they should all follow about the same pace.

If one string goes sharp while you're tuning, don't try to lower it, some other string(s) has/-ve gone flat - raise them instead and the sharp string will lower. Otherwise every other string will go sharp.

Ideally, all strings should get in tune at the same time.

Check the tremolo angle at this point, if it's not correct - adjust and retune.

This tip comes originally from , "Tuning The Floating Tremolo" (and Ibanez instructions) and it can do wonders It takes some time but it's well worth it. Read that and do exactly as it's written, don't try to hurry.
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