Join Date: Nov 2013
Location: Belgrade, Serbia
Schaller Lockmeister instead of Edge on MIJ RG470
due to broken saddle bolt on the Edge bridge (just couldnt find the right replacement), I have changed the whole bridge with Schaller Lockmeister tremolo and it is OK - for the most part. I've found the Edge posts were larger in diameter so I have mounted the new bridge using the existing posts and everything is fine.
Except few things I can't resolve by myself.
The issue is the low E string (I use .10 gauge, 3 springs in parallel), it just won't stay in tune though I'm not using tremolo that much. It tends to go flat every 10 minutes or so during playing. Now, I have checked every setup aspect multiple times, everything is as it should be, the bridge is flush, parallel to the body, nut clamps - OK, intonation and saddles are OK to.
I have doublechecked the low E string saddle for slipping - nothing. This began to happen after I've changed the bridge But there is one detail. The nut that came with the Schaller bridge was marked ''R2'' so it's 10'' radius (254mm) while the Wizard necks (mine is '93. MIJ), are 430mm - 17''. This was the reason I didn't want to change the nut but I have changed the clamps and clamp bolts on it.
Could this be the reason for the low E string tuning issue? All other strings stay in tune perfectly, the guitar intonates nicely - everything is better than it was before, the sustain is even better with heavy brass block...I'm confused, please help!
The confusion goes on with the Schaller nut specs, R2 is 41.28mm (for ''old Fenders, Pacers'' - as the spec says) while the R7 (also 41.28mm) is for ''Bullet, Ibanez''. This clearly is because of the string spacing but I can't see the reason for tunung issues. Should I order the R7 nut? As far as I can see all of the nuts are 10''. Maybe I should mount the complete Schaller 10'' nut and check the tunung but I hate the smaller radius on a Wizard neck - just love it this way as many of you here...