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Old 01-25-2013, 09:54 AM   #9601
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Hey Jenny, just an update on this deal. It's been a few days now, but I tried your advice and lubricated the string contact points at the nut on this guitar. As it turns out my problem with the tuning stability on the higher strings was likely caused by me tightening the tuner locks too much. The 3rd string snapped at the tuner. So I restrung and put pencil lead at the nut, didn't overtighten the locks, stretched the new strings thoroughly, and it is much better now. A lot more stable than it used to be on all strings. Thanks for the advice!

This also led me to another question. My Ibanez Universe stays in tune perfectly until I use the whammy bar. Do you think lubricating the locking nut would help this? I think the bridge is just ever-so-slightly low at the back, so I'll need to reset that too, but I was just wondering if you thought a little pencil lead under the locks would be a good idea. Thanks again.



glad to hear you sorted out the first guitar,

the second will need to be balanced.
open the trem cavity and loosen the trem screws if the
bridge is dipping ass end into the guitar.

and yes, lubing the string contact points in that guitar should help a lot too.
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Old 01-25-2013, 09:59 AM   #9602
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Can someone help me with my current guitar? Whenever I tune to drop d, the guitar goes out of tune? I have a Peavey Raptor Plus EXP, I think it might be the bridge but I am not sure and don't want to do anything that might damage the guitar. It has a Stratocaster style bridge which I recently bought and fitted an arm to.



you need to make sure the bridge is stable.
not lifted up or sunk into the body.

when you change tunings the pull at the bridge changes and throws the guitar out of tune.

if you are going to change tunings a lot, then you'll need to temporarily block the bridge.

you can do this by adding the max amount of springs in the cavity, to prevent almost any bridge movement,

here's a pic from the first page of this thread.




or by putting a small block of wood in the cavity to prevent the bridge from moving at all.
here's an image i stole quick off google,
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Old 01-28-2013, 10:57 AM   #9603
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Old 01-31-2013, 12:29 PM   #9604
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Old 02-03-2013, 04:48 PM   #9605
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A couple of questions here. What sort of adjustments would I have to do if I restring my guitar with a different guage? I've recently bought a new Strat and I'm not sure what guage strings are on there right now. I've talked to the shop and they *think* it may be nines but I think it may be a hybrid set because I bought a pack of nines and the wound strings look a little smaller than those on the guitar (mind you my mind may just be playing with me). The bridge is a six screw strat bridge and it's been decked.

On the topic of the decked bridge, can I down tune while the bridge is decked? Nothing too extreme, just the occasional drop D and Eb.
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by decked, if you mean blocked bridge, then yes, changing gauges is fine.
no need to balance the bridge with each change because blocked bridges dont dip or lift out of the body.


when you change gauge, swap one string at a time, and
post back if you notice any setup issues.

you'll want to fret at the 12th, make sure the guitar is still in tune there,
and adjust the saddles up or down if needed.
how to do those things is explained in the first post of this thread.

check there, swap the strings and post back if needed.
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Old 02-03-2013, 07:10 PM   #9607
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It's not blocked with a piece of wood. All the screws were tightened so the bridge is flat down with the blody with no gap between the bridge and body.
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Old 02-03-2013, 10:06 PM   #9608
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I got a carvin guitar recently (used), and I'm looking to change string gauges. I don't actually know what's on it right now, but I want to put on 11-52's. It has a wilkinson tremolo, which is suppose to be more like a fender style tremolo then a floyd rose.

Is there anything I need to watch out for or know about before hand? All my guitars have been hardtail, so I don't know much about changing the strings. Is it going to be a nightmare like a floyd rose/am I better off taking it to a shop to get done?
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Old 02-04-2013, 10:07 AM   #9609
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It's not blocked with a piece of wood. All the screws were tightened so the bridge is flat down with the blody with no gap between the bridge and body.



either way, you should still swap the strings, then post back with any issues.
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Old 02-04-2013, 10:11 AM   #9610
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I got a carvin guitar recently (used), and I'm looking to change string gauges. I don't actually know what's on it right now, but I want to put on 11-52's. It has a wilkinson tremolo, which is suppose to be more like a fender style tremolo then a floyd rose.

Is there anything I need to watch out for or know about before hand? All my guitars have been hardtail, so I don't know much about changing the strings. Is it going to be a nightmare like a floyd rose/am I better off taking it to a shop to get done?


like i just suggested to the last poster.

you need to swap one string at a time, and in your case, you'll want to stabilize the bridge, during the swap and
balance it after.

it shouldnt be too hard. nothing is going to break.
you can always swap the strings and if the bridge lifts a little, then flip it over and tighten or add more springs.

worst case, if you have a lot of problems tuning up, you can take the guitar in after for a setup.
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Old 02-08-2013, 06:55 PM   #9611
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I bought a second-hand guitar and as i changed the strings i noticed the neck was at an angle, not bowing

How can i fix this? does it involve the truss rod did i not adjust it properly or i shouldn't have adjusted it at all?
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Old 02-08-2013, 06:59 PM   #9612
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with the new strings on, see how the guitar
plays through an amp.

if it's buzz free with your preferred action,
then you are fine.

if there are issues, then check out the first page
of this thread, then post back.
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Old 02-10-2013, 03:46 AM   #9613
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either way, you should still swap the strings, then post back with any issues.

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Old 02-15-2013, 04:37 AM   #9614
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I was cleaning my Dean ML and accidentally hit one of the thumbwheels causing the action on my TOM bridge to rise/fall a bit compared to the other side. Stupidly, I just took the whole thing off (bridge posts, too) to clean and realized that the bridge height was not fixed and could damn near by anything. Then I realized this:

Always thought this was cool

Ever see something like this regarding either issue (G string saddle or the saddle screws)?
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Old 02-15-2013, 03:28 PM   #9615
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I'm sorry. what's your question?
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I was cleaning my Dean ML and accidentally hit one of the thumbwheels causing the action on my TOM bridge to rise/fall a bit compared to the other side. Stupidly, I just took the whole thing off (bridge posts, too) to clean and realized that the bridge height was not fixed and could damn near by anything. Then I realized this:

Always thought this was cool

Ever see something like this regarding either issue (G string saddle or the saddle screws)?

My guitar does not seem to have any noticeable nut/truss rod/fret problems so I was thinking I could restring it, mess with the bridge height, and then attempt to properly intonate it.

I eventually would like to buy a truss rod adjuster, feeler gauge or appropriate ruler, and needle files so I could do my own guitar setups (minus fret work) so this seemed like a good first step.
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I'm sorry. what's your question?


Um... the sentence with the question mark at the end

I accidentally added the last two paragraphs. Was working on two threads at once.
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umm. ok I must be daft because I still
need to clarify.


you have a TOM bridge and took it apart?
and now need help because there is something
wrong with the g saddle or intonation screws?

did you raise the whole bridge,
did u intonate?

please tell me what's specifically wrong with the guitar.
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umm. ok I must be daft because I still
need to clarify.


you have a TOM bridge and took it apart?
and now need help because there is something
wrong with the g saddle or intonation screws?

did you raise the whole bridge,
did u intonate?

please tell me what's specifically wrong with the guitar.
Haha, no worries. My fault.

1) Have TOM bridge
2) Took it all apart
3) Noticed the G string saddle was "backwards" and the intonation screws were facing inward (see picture) - was asking if either of those were "normal." Never noticed the "backwards" saddle until now and haven't seen a guitar with saddle screws facing inward before.

The TOM bridge is still off and I have not messed with the intonation yet (bridge off = haven't put strings on yet).
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ohhh!

yes that's normal. which is why I didn't
understand your question.


some guys flip the bridge for easier access
to the intonation screws.
BUT know that if you did that the saddles
would all be flipped and out of position
needing to be completely re-intonated.
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Old 02-17-2013, 02:31 AM   #9620
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ohhh!

yes that's normal. which is why I didn't
understand your question.


some guys flip the bridge for easier access
to the intonation screws.
BUT know that if you did that the saddles
would all be flipped and out of position
needing to be completely re-intonated.


Yea, I just kept it as is. Slapped on some lighter strings (my God, bending is so easy now) and intonated them as best I could with a handheld tuner. I'll put her through the paces tomorrow

Thank you! And is that Officer Jenny?
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