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Hey guys,

I want to make sure i'm properly leveling my Edge pro. I've read the Ibanez Rules guide several times, but I tend to get really OCD with my tech work so I just wanted to ask some specific questions on it.

First and foremost, I want to make sure my knife edge is indeed level. I have pics attached.

Second, when adjusting my spring tension, so I adjust both springs equally and at the same time, or do is it a matter of adjusting springs based on what side of the tremolo (knife edge/rectangle on the side) needs to be level? For example, if my high E rectangle is a bit more diving into the guitar body relative to the low E, i'm assuming I need to loosen that side a bit more?

If anyone could provide input it would be appreciated. Thanks!
 

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That would be an Edge, not edge pro.

Ignore the treble side knife, they're never the same as the bass side.

The trem is not going to twist if you put it in a vice so spring tension would do nothing. I always prefer equal tension on each spring.
 

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landscape pics are your friend here, with the camera lens just clearing the body looking from side, focal point on the edge not knobs, etc. ;-)

But it looks fine based on pics. Set both claw screws about even distance.

That's not an Edge Pro but the original Edge.
 

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I really appreciate the input. I think I got my technique down good. Tell me what you think!

EDIT: Hm...I can't seem to attach images for some reason.
 

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Hmm...thanks for catching that. I set up my pickup heights based on some references I found online stating that the Low E side should be 2 mm at both the neck and bridge, and the high E being at 1.6 mm. I would appreciate your expert opinion on this my man.

Also, I just want to clarify something too. I have a bit trouble figuring out what specific part of the knife edge to use as a reference point for leveling the trem. I have a pic here highlighting the "half-rectangle" indentation, and was wondering if setting the top part of the indententation (top of the rectangle) parallel to the post (place where the trem bar goes) would be a good a good reference.

EDIT: Woops, forgot the pic
 

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Pick a side and stay consistent.

Do a pullup and the strings will probably lay of the pickups. Set it at least 1mm under the full pullup range, but the critical part is if the low E will intonate or not. Turn it down till it intonates and sounds clear over the 12th fret on the low E.
 

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Pick a side and stay consistent.

Do a pullup and the strings will probably lay of the pickups. Set it at least 1mm under the full pullup range, but the critical part is if the low E will intonate or not. Turn it down till it intonates and sounds clear over the 12th fret on the low E.
By the way, here is the aforementioned pic of the reference point (forgot to post it)
Also, i'm still waiting for my 12 o'clock coffee to kick in, so i'm having a hard time understanding your reply regarding the pickup brother :grin2:

Are you saying to start by setting it to 1mm under the low E fretted at the 12th fret, then turn it down more until it intonates? What about the high E?

I'm actually really glad you mentioned the pickup, because I actually ran into some issues with my pickup height after I installed a new neck pickup. My strings get really damn close to the pickups when I play at higher frets (especially the high E), and i'm getting weird harmonics and my sustain is suffering.
 

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Do a full pullup on the trem.
Crap, well that's going to be an issue. I'm at my parents house for the summer and I forgot to pack my trem bar. Do you happen to have trem bars for sale?

Also, any other ways I can do this without a trem bar?
 

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Hehe, well you know how it is, you always end up forgetting something when traveling.

I'd hate to be a hassle here, but I was wondering if you could just lay out the pickup height procedure in steps, because I just wanted some clarification on the process.

Let me make sure i'm getting this correctly:

Do a pullup on the trem
Set the pickup height to 1mm under the string when the trem is pulled up.
Then turn the pup height down until it intonates properly at the 12th fret, meaning, without the trem pulled up, just fretted at the 12th?

Also, same thing for both low and high E right?

Finally, i'm going to come off as a total noob here, but what exactly is a pullup on a trem?
 

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The opposite of a dive.

Lower the pickup until the low E string has clean clear notes above the 12th fret. Put your ear on the upper horn and listen.
 

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The opposite of a dive.

Lower the pickup until the low E string has clean clear notes above the 12th fret. Put your ear on the upper horn and listen.
Hmmm...are you saying that I should play the 12th fret with the trem in a full pull up?
 

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You're not following at all.

Do a full pullup, the strings will be laying on that pickup.

Note testing has nothing to do with the trem, if the pickup is too high you will not get clear pure notes over half scale on the wound strings, mostly low E [and it will not intonate correctly]
 

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Oh okay, my bad. Mind’s a little off today. Are you saying that I should set my pups to 1 mm below the strings with the trem in a full pull-up?
 

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Start there, and then lower further depending on the tone and how pure the notes are low E over half scale.
 

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Thanks your patience. I’m assuming same technique goes for the high E? Common sense, I know, but I wasn’t sure if somehow the height of the Low and high E sides of the pup can effect the intonation of each other.

Finally, for the neck pickup, am I also using the same method until I find the right balance of neck and bridge pup height that gives me the best intonation ?
 

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The neck pickup you want low enough not to interfere with picking.

I set pickups level, the magnetic field is very large, people that screw with raising poles are suffering from Eric Johnson Syndrome.
 
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