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I got an Ibanez EDR-470x (and I thought it would be nice to transform it into a baritone guitar (B-E-A-D-F#-B). However, although I adjusted the truss rod and spring configuration accordingly, the guitar is still going out of tune easily. I first used 0.08 and then 0.09 strings to see if the thin strings lose their tension quickly in lower tunings. The result is the same;

1-The strings go out of tune when I use the whammy bar or after extended playing
2-Despite I adjusted the truss rod, the tune on the first fret and 12nd fret is significantly different.

Any suggestions on how to get this right?
 

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First of all you can't "transform" a normal guitar into a baritone just by adjusting the truss rod - baritones have longer scale lenght.
Second - if you want to downtune you need thicker strings, not thinner.
13-60 or at least 12-56 gauge strings will give you way more stable tuning.
After doing all this you will need to intonate your guitar so all the frets are in tune.

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dex said:
First of all you can't "transform" a normal guitar into a baritone just by adjusting the truss rod - baritones have longer scale lenght.
Incorrect. Musically speaking, "baritone" is a note range between tenor and bass. You can tune a standard-scale guitar to that range, it's just not ideal without a lot of tweaking.

The reason most baritone instruments have a longer scale length is because lower notes have a longer wavelength, and the longer scale length and heavier strings help the notes to ring more clearly and intonate properly.

The scale length is not the defining factor for an instrument being a "baritone". The tuning is.

But you're right about the string gauges. At 25.5" scale, you're going to want the heaviest strings possible to tune down to B. Lighter gauges will get knocked out of tune if you look at them wrong.
 

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Nitpicking. :wink:
Can you tune down any guitar - yes.
Can you transform any guitar into a baritone - only by changing the neck for a long scale one.
By deffinition in the guitar world a "baritone" is a longer scale instrument.
You know I'm right. 8)

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dex said:
By deffinition in the guitar world a "baritone" is a longer scale instrument.
You know I'm right. 8)
by colloquial definition, a baritone has an extended scale length. Literally, "baritone" refers to the pitches, not the scale length. ;)

Analness aside ;), goign for lighter strings is the LAST thing you want to do when detuning. Try a set of 11's tuned B-B; this ought to get you into approximately the same string tension you're used to on a standard-tuned six.

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dex said:
By deffinition in the guitar world a "baritone" is a longer scale instrument.
You know I'm right. 8)
I'm sorry guys but this is NOT a singing forum - it's a GUITAR forum.
Do you really need to be this anal??? :roll:

When was the last time I posted something that was complete and utter rubbish to warrant a "Deffinition of pitch for the slow" lesson???

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Whoa, hit a nerve there Dex! :wink:

Standard tuned guitars have a variety of scale lengths, as do bass guitars, so baritones could be just as hard to define. Works far better with the longer scale neck though.
 

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You tell a million guitarists "baritone" - all 1 million will think "longer scale lenght"
You tell the same million "downtune" - 999 999 of them will think "tuning down a normal guitar"

As I said a few times - you know I'm right and all you guys are doing is nitpicking.
As simple as that. :wink:

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Are you telling me that when you hear "baritone" in reference to a guitar, you imagine a normal 25.5" guitar tuned down or at least 27" guitar tuned down???
Comunication breakdown. :lol:

akinu - disregard our bikering and get yourself a set of 12-56 strings.
After changing them, google "guitar intonation" and do it and for future reference - what you want to do is downtune your guitar, not transform it into a baritone.

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Interesting.

"Wow dude! Did you use a baritonguitar to record that song?"

"Uhm... I don't know. We played in the dark..."

Another thought. Would a sevenstring guitar be concidered a bariton? Does it have too many strings? Too short neck?

Could a uptuned sixstring bass be a bariton? Or would it's scale be too long?

Take your pills!
 

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Lol, the discussion is going really interesting. Thanks for all the replies.

Dex- What I meant by "transforming" is actually downtuning. :D I first tried my usual thinnest strings 0.8 and then saw that they didnt work, tried one bit thicker which is 0.9. Now I see that 0.9 is not enought too.

Guess I will leave the baritone thingy altogether. It sounds great but it is useless until you find a 5 string bassist or a similar tuned bass player.

Next 10 point question: This EDR is my new guitar, so (as I am also new to electric guitar tech) I am recently getting to know my instrument better. Is there any way I can figure out whether this tuning problem stems from the improper construction or setup of the guitar (bad construction of the neck or the bridge)?.. :(
 

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:lol: We're all crazy.
Sounds like you're not stretching your strings.
After changing the strings you'll have to be patient and tune the guitar up while stretching the strings.
Keep the nut unlocked for 2-3 days and keep retuning every time you need to.
After 2-3 days just adjust all fine tuners even and in the middle and lock the nut.
Fine tune and you should be in business.

For more details go here

http://www.ibanezrules.com/tech/setup/index.htm

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With all due respect, it shouldn't take 2-3 days for your strings to settle in. If you properly stretch new strings as you're putting them on, there's no reason why your tuning shouldn't be stable by the time you've finished the whole operation. With practice, you should be able to do the whole string change in well under an hour.
 

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dex said:
:lol: We're all crazy.
Sounds like you're not stretching your strings.
After changing the strings you'll have to be patient and tune the guitar up while stretching the strings.
Keep the nut unlocked for 2-3 days and keep retuning every time you need to.
After 2-3 days just adjust all fine tuners even and in the middle and lock the nut.
Fine tune and you should be in business.

For more details go here

http://www.ibanezrules.com/tech/setup/index.htm

ilia
Thanks dex.. Now the last (hopefully hehe) question. I dont like playing with heavy gauges, so I decided to tune up a bit so I tuned every string half interval up. So from B to B tuning, I tried C to C tuning and now everything seems perfect. Strings stay in tune and inter-fret tuning is reasonable.

The problem is, despite the spring tension is screwed to maximum, the bridge angle is a bit high and thus the action is high. As the springs are at maximum strech, I cant screw it more. What can I do to lower the action?
 

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Extra spring should cure it or before you invest in another spring try and rearange the springs from III to /I\
You'll need to detune and tune up again to see the change that'll make.

Darren - are you turning into Kevan or just going through a very early bout of midlife crisis?
Can you not be rational about this?
The guy doesn't know enough about floating trems to keep his axe in tune, or about gauges and downtuning, or indeed about needing an extra spring.
Sure after several changes he will be able to do it in an hour but right now it'll be much better if he just leaves the nut unlocked for a few days.
Is it me or has this thread atracted a lot of unnecessary replies??? :?
You tell me.

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dex said:
Extra spring should cure it or before you invest in another spring try and rearange the springs from III to /I\
You'll need to detune and tune up again to see the change that'll make.

ilia
OK, thanks for everything dex :wink:
 

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You said your trem angle is high, well if you have a Lo Pro Edge, or the new Edge Pro you should consult some of the informations on jemsite or Rich's site. Lo Pro Edge and/or Edge Pro's normal floating position looks slanted and to the eyes of neophytes (no offense :wink: ) it can look 'high'. So if you can get a picture of your trem from above and one of the floating position. I, or the others, could tell you wether your trem is floating correctly ;-)

-Bo
 
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