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Post by Gandalf the White on Tue Dec 30, 2014 10:08 am

So I'm looking to buy an electric guitar in the next year or so - I play at church.

I really like Ibanez, especially the RG series. I found one with and HSH setup and it sounds great clean and of course it growls on the bridge pickup with distortion.

My concern is the tremolo bar. EVery guitar I've played with one (which isn't many) has tuning issues with the tremolo.

Any thoughts?
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Re: Guitar question

Post by exo on Wed Dec 31, 2014 6:16 pm

Depends what sort of trem it is.....are we talking "vintage" style, an Edge style floyd variant, or one of their other ones that has a bearing pivot instead of posts and fucrum....whether or not it has Ibanez' pateneted "zero point system"......and if you want the trem floating, dive-only, or are OK with not using it at all.......banez does NOT make it easy to discuss trem units and issues without some specifics about the guitar in question Smile  there's many tricks that can be done, or relatively cheap replacement/add-on parts to be had.

generally.....if it's a locking system properly set up, you REALLY shouldn't have too many "tuning issues" if you're not trying to imitate Dime, EVH, or Kerry King.



although, that WOULD be something to see in a church band setting Razz

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Re: Guitar question

Post by Gandalf the White on Thu Jan 01, 2015 1:55 pm

Well, it's a locking trem - that's all I can discern for sure. And I wouldn't use it for more than some vibrato, no divebombs or any pyrotechnics... not that good yet!
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Post by exo on Thu Jan 01, 2015 5:13 pm

Yeah, if you're just planning on "gentle" use, the only real reasons a locking trem would have tuning stability issues would be worn knife edges or posts, or structural issues with the wood around the posts in the body.  You shouldn't run into any more issues than you would in normal playing with a hard tail, and those minor adjustments are what the fine tuners on the bridge are for.....

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Post by Gandalf the White on Fri Jan 02, 2015 12:15 am

Thanks exo!
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Re: Guitar question

Post by SpaceGuy on Thu Jan 22, 2015 6:45 pm

Bigger question is what brand of trem, IMO. A lot of lower-quality guitars have pretty bad tremolos which lead to the issues you can have. I have a Wilkinson on my Carvin, and the tuning stays intact for months. 

If you get a tremolo, make sure not to cheap out on it. Otherwise, a hardtail may be better until your budget can justify a nice guitar with a good tremolo.

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