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I have an RG652AHM with an Ibanez Edge bridge tuned to E with 10-46 strings. I have the bridge parallel with the body like it should be and I've tried blocking it with a bunch of different things, and I want to block it on both sides so it acts like a hardtail and I am able to do things like tune to drop D without all the other strings being affected by the tuning, and also restring faster.

I've tried blocking both sides with different things like picks, popsicle sticks, coins, etc. I don't have wood that I'm able to cut down at the moment, but with those methods I seem to get the bridge to stay still and it is still parallel on the top (I think it should stay parallel when I block it right?), but when I try to tune to drop D, the other strings are thrown off when I tune down the low E, which means that the bridge is still somehow moving slightly. How can I block it the most effective way, besides using a tremol-no? It's also incredibly difficult to put the springs back on when I remove them even with the strings loosened for some reason.
 

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Yea I have had this issue as well. It's hard to get something to fit totally exactly in the cavity on both sides. You're best off with something that is as hard as possible and that fills as much of the cavity as possible.

Then just back off the springs so the string tension is pulling the trem onto the object blocking it. Then you can try to fit something in the other side if you really want, however it's never going to be perfect. Definitely adhere the block that sits between the trem and the lower bout end of the cavity or it can fall out if you rest your hand to heavily on the trem.

As an aside, I use a tremol-no and find that it is unpractical, rattles, and is in general not very useful. I've wedged mine at an angle and locked it down so that it can't be used. It did add a fair amount of sustain and volume to the guitar acoustically though. I still can't drop-d without the tuning altering just slightly too much for my tastes.
 

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Wouldn't adjusting those screws make the bridge not parallel anymore though? When I go to drop D and the bridge is parallel with whatever block I have in, the intonation on the low E is also sharp.
 

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I have used wood shims with good success, the small wedge shaped ones you get at the hardware store for installing windows/doors/etc., cut down to whatever sizes you need and installed on the side behind the bridge. Once leveled you can release the spring tension and let the strings keep the shims in place. You may have to tweak the intonation, if needed. Keep in mind that when you drop your low E to a D even solid bridge guitars need the rest of the strings slightly retuned due to the change of tension on the neck.
 

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FU Tone tremstopper....period. You'd still be able to dive bomb, but only at your command. Otherwise, stable as can be.
 
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