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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 01-14-2010, 01:48 AM Thread Starter
 
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String gauge/trem springs question

Bit long, bare with me on this one,

I recently purchased an Ibanez RG370DX equipped with Edge III (i know it's bad, but i'm not much of a trem abuser) and i've been having some problems regarding sound/action/trem when switching gauges from 0.09's and 0.10,
what i mean is:

After setup, 0.10's sounded awsome! and i'm a former "Les Paul" player so the strings felt like butter in my hands and i was able to shred away like crazy, now, for the action, no matter how many neck relief/string height ratios I tried it never seemed to be as low/buzzless as on my LP (also 0.10's) AND because it's an Edge III you CAN'T add a fourth spring (spring-lock bar thingie won't screw in...) so the trem is -uber- sensitive and i can't palm-mute properly without unwanted pitch changes.
but i LOVE 0.10's!

so I decided to go 0.09's..................

Restrung, Trem Re-adjusted, neck relief adjusted to string height,re-intonated, action is at all times low and acceptable buzz is achieved, pickups re-adjusted as well.
BUT
the guitar sounds like S*ITE!
everything is so wobbly, the trem is stiff though, strings sound ****, chords are dis-figured, overall sound is CRAP, sustain got cut by HALF and i can just go on and on and on...

what can I do?

sorry for my bad english

will gladly accept any advice, from anyone!

thx!
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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old 01-15-2010, 02:23 AM
 
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Re: String gauge/trem springs question

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AND because it's an Edge III you CAN'T add a fourth spring (spring-lock bar thingie won't screw in...)
Hey,

Either ditch the spring retainer bar (I have never had a spring pop off)

OR

Use only one screw to retain the bar and the other screw hole for an extra spring.

OR

Try shorter springs- three shorter springs will give more tension than the standards
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post #3 of 4 (permalink) Old 01-15-2010, 02:28 AM Thread Starter
 
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Re: String gauge/trem springs question

@4NICK8

thx for the shorter springs advice! how didn't I think of that!?!?

btw, withought the spring retainer bar, a spring DID pop out! right after i finished trem angle adjustment!

but i sure will try the shorter springs method!
only question is where i get them here in isra-hell...
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@4NICK8

thx for the shorter springs advice! how didn't I think of that!?!?

btw, withought the spring retainer bar, a spring DID pop out! right after i finished trem angle adjustment!

but i sure will try the shorter springs method!
only question is where i get them here in isra-hell...
I just rock up at my local guitar store and they usually have an assortment of springs, especially if they regularly set them up. Got my last set of shorter springs for free! Otherwise shorter springs would only cost a few bucks shipped from somewhere else in the world. I think that stocks on Ibanez are 52mm but I am not 100% sure.
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