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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 03-15-2016, 01:38 PM Thread Starter
 
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Removing an Ibanez LoPro Edge Arm holder - any tips?

I grabbed a couple OFR push-in bars (which are awesome) to replace the standard Ibanez arm holders on my last two edge-equipped guitars, and I can't get the damned things off. The nut on the back unscrews easily enough, but the arm holder itself won't budge. Are they using a stronger lock-tite these days or something? Anyone have any other tips - heat it? Soak it in some sort of solvent? I'd really love to switch to (which I consider a) better arm holder, but I'd rather not irrepairably damage the trem to do so - if need be, I'd rather just hope that an OFR is a drop-in replacement, and swap out the whole unit. Thanks!
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Re: Removing an Ibanez LoPro Edge Arm holder - any tips?

Pretty sure the arm holder unscrews from the body of the trem as well. That is what the screwdriver slots are for on top of it. The nut just locks it in place.
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Re: Removing an Ibanez LoPro Edge Arm holder - any tips?

There is probably some Loc-tite in there. Heat the arm holder with a soldering iron maybe?
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Re: Removing an Ibanez LoPro Edge Arm holder - any tips?

Yeah, the advise I'm getting esewhere is apply heat to break down the loctite and then go at it, counter-clockwise from the top, with vise grip pliars (since I don't have a perfectly sized screwdriver, and it's less likely something will slip this way).

I'll pass along an update over the weekend.
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Re: Removing an Ibanez LoPro Edge Arm holder - any tips?

I hope you mean clockwise, counter will tighten it. And channel lock pliers will have much better bite than vice grips. Stay away from the barrel and only use the tip where it's solid.
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Re: Removing an Ibanez LoPro Edge Arm holder - any tips?

Thanks Rich! So, clockwise looking down from the top, counter-clockwise looking up from the bottom? Turns out I'm bad with tool names and the set I was thinking of IS channel lock.
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Re: Removing an Ibanez LoPro Edge Arm holder - any tips?

If you want to tighten it, maybe that's why you're having so much trouble removing it

The opposite.
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Re: Removing an Ibanez LoPro Edge Arm holder - any tips?

Probably.

Ok, so I'm confused. Facing down at the top of the trem, I'd want to twist the holder counter-clockwise to remove it, and facing up at the bottom of the trem, from the back side, I want to go clockwise?

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Re: Removing an Ibanez LoPro Edge Arm holder - any tips?

Yes. Except forget about the top.

Bring a blunt.
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Re: Removing an Ibanez LoPro Edge Arm holder - any tips?

No promises, but I'll see what I can do.

And yeah, I'm going to be operating from the underside, no need to risk scratching the face of the trem.
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