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Old 05-22-2013, 02:41 PM   #1
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Stop Floyd Arm Spinning?

I recently purchased a Jackson RR5 for a low 345 (in immaculate condition, I might add :3), the only thing it was missing was a term arm so I purchased one off eBay. With the arm fully tightened it spins wildly, making any quick bar techniques difficult and sloppy.

What's the best way to lock the arm? If I tighten it and hold the bar a little higher than the lowest point, it locks, but with a huge gap.

Guitar: http://i.imgur.com/rChnqzu.jpg

Arm locked: http://i.imgur.com/LVeEUqB.jpg


I've also tried the tape method, my nut at the back is tightened and even tried the spring method, to no success D:
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Old 05-22-2013, 02:50 PM   #2
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It's MADE to do that....
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Old 05-22-2013, 02:52 PM   #3
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nice score

did you buy the correct arm? not all arms will fit all trems.
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Old 05-22-2013, 02:53 PM   #4
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It's MADE to do that....


I know that, however you can tighten it so that it stops spinning and stays at the same position.


That's what I'm looking to do
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Old 05-22-2013, 02:53 PM   #5
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It's probably not the correct arm for that model. I have Jackson licensed FR on my Dinky. Original FL trem arms fit but don't lock.
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Old 05-22-2013, 02:58 PM   #6
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did you buy the correct arm? not all arms will fit all trems.


The arm itself slots all the way in and tightens nicely, so I assume so D:


I'm not a huge Floyd person, love them when they're set up, hate them when something's not right however the RR5 was a steal so had to have it
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Old 05-22-2013, 03:00 PM   #7
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^ but the wee collar doesn't lock? that's what it looks like in the pic.

looks like you bought the wrong arm for your trem, but i could be wrong. the RR5 has an FRT-x000, right? an OFR arm (far as i'm aware, don't quote me on that) should fit ok, i think. I know flibble says that the frt-x000 arm fits the ofr better than its own arm (and vice-versa), lol, but i haven't tried it myself.
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^ but the wee collar doesn't lock? that's what it looks like in the pic.

looks like you bought the wrong arm for your trem, but i could be wrong. the RR5 has an FRT-x000, right? an OFR arm (far as i'm aware, don't quote me on that) should fit ok, i think. I know flibble says that the frt-x000 arm fits the ofr better than its own arm (and vice-versa), lol, but i haven't tried it myself.



It'll sit all the way down, that's what I have to turn it to to lock the arm and stop it from spinning. But if I raise the bar it slots out (only happened once, don't wish to damage the thread aha)


At least I know the bridge now, so I can experiment either way haha thanks!
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ah ok

i dunno

but yeah as you said if you know the model of the trem you should be able to get a replacement, worst case scenario
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1: Take the arm with you to a hardware store.
2: Go to whatever section that has rubber gaskets
3: Test a bunch of them on the arm. When you find one that fits, get a couple of them.
4: Go home
5: Starting with one, screw the arm back on and test it's floppiness. If not floppy, problem solved. If still floppy, see step 6
6: Add another and go back to step 5.
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Wrap a piece of paper around the part of the arm that goes into the bridge. It will fill the little gap between the arm and the hole on the floyd where you put it in. That way the arm won't be able to move and it will stay in one position. This method surely works, I've done it few times on my guitar.
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Wrap a piece of paper around the part of the arm that goes into the bridge. It will fill the little gap between the arm and the hole on the floyd where you put it in. That way the arm won't be able to move and it will stay in one position. This method surely works, I've done it few times on my guitar.


Thanks man, worked a charm!
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Sounds to me like you have an out of spec arm (or trem) - or the wrong one. Shimming it with paper will get you out of trouble for a while but 'twer I you I'd take the guitar down to a store and find one that actually fits properly.
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^ yeah, that's what i'm talking about. I mean a trem arm costs, what, 15? Absolute maximum.
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Alternatively don't buy anything with a floyd rose on it
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i think he might need a flux capacitor for that solution to work.
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Thanks man, worked a charm!


You're welcome, I'm always glad to help!
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Alternatively don't buy anything with a floyd rose on it


That's why my LTD Ex-50 has a set of 12's on it and a Tune-o-matic

The Floyd is for when I don't want to hassle with drop tunings.





Also, the paper trick works temporarily before it coils up/shreds. Will try the other methods out
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Also, the paper trick works temporarily before it coils up/shreds. Will try the other methods out


Changing a piece of paper shouldn't be too hard.
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