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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 12-16-2009, 04:52 AM Thread Starter
 
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Trem Claw Maxed Out

I'm trying to setup a J custom guitar to the best of my ability (still a beginner at this) and ran into a bit of a problem, so I'm hoping someone might be able to help me. It has a Lo Pro trem. I changed the strings to 10s today, and when I tuned it up to standard E, the bridge was pushing very far forward. I went to the screw the trem claw back to compensate for this, but it was already essentially maxed out, so I couldn't do much with it. I pushed it back as far as possible, but now it's maxed out with the screws basically completely into the wood. Unfortunately, the bridge is still leaning pretty far forward. What can I do to work this out so that I can use 10s and level out the bridge? Thanks for any and all help!
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post #2 of 12 (permalink) Old 12-16-2009, 04:59 AM
 
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Re: Trem Claw Maxed Out

How many springs are you using? It's still in tune although you already maxed out the trem claw movement?
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Re: Trem Claw Maxed Out

I use 10's too, and what I do with my guitars is add a fourth spring.
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Re: Trem Claw Maxed Out

New spring, as many will say, is probably the best answer.
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Re: Trem Claw Maxed Out

before you ask, to add a fourth spring you can hook it to one of the spring-lock screw holes, while keeping the other screw in place:

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Re: Trem Claw Maxed Out

You can also try and place two springs diagonally, like this /|\ before you decide to buy new springs.
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Re: Trem Claw Maxed Out

The arrow pattern has worked for me with 10's in E standard... in the past. /|\
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The arrow pattern has worked for me with 10's in E standard... in the past. /|\
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E std w/9s = | | |

E std w/10s = / | \

E std w/11s = || ||


I just take the lock down thingy off, never had a spring fly off (I don't get TOO crazy) - symmetry is more important to me, lol
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Re: Trem Claw Maxed Out

As well, new guitars don't have an issue with 10's - it's the 10+ year old guitars that seem to need new springs or an additional spring. For my '87 RG, new springs did not help much and I ended up adding a fourth spring (on the bass side, not on the treble side).
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Re: Trem Claw Maxed Out

Thanks everyone! Funny how I didn't even consider the arrow style configuration. I'm going to try that today and I'll update to let you know how it works out. I was confused because in the past I've been able to use 10s in E tuning on Ibanez bridges before without any real problems, but this one seems particularly difficult. If the arrow doesn't work, hopefully the spring will.
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Take out the springs for 24 hours. Try them again, and if they do the same thing it might be time to get new springs.
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post #12 of 12 (permalink) Old 12-17-2009, 02:08 AM Thread Starter
 
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Re: Trem Claw Maxed Out

Just a quick update here. The arrow configuration didn't quite work, alas. However, I added a fourth spring (had an old one laying around) and that did the trick. Many thanks for your help, everyone! It seems to be in good shape now. Cheers!
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