#1
Hey UG, how are you guys doin'?

I have an issue regarding the tremolo arm (whammy bar, whatever you want to call it) staying up where I like it. I have an Ibanez RGT220H Prestige (see my profile if you want to see what the guitar looks like for reference) and it's got the Edge Pro bridg on it. The trem has been treating me great for the last few years: the tuning stability is great and it is really easy to tune and restring as far as most FR-style bridges go, but it doesn't have the adjusting screw that FR's have to be able to keep the bar where it's left, and it always just swings freely back down where gravity wants it, and I want to change that.

If any of you know of a way that I can increase the friction on the bar, I would really appreciate the help. I have already tried adding, removing and even replacing the teflon washers on the bar itself, but I think it may be a matter of internal adjustment on the actual trem unit. I thought I'd consult my loyal UG before over-tinkering and risking wrecking something.

Thanks in advance,

Dudage.
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#4
if your bridge is like mine you will have to remove the trem to find those screws. a quick fix i used was to put sticky stuff on the arm.
#5
Quote by no_thing101
if your bridge is like mine you will have to remove the trem to find those screws. a quick fix i used was to put sticky stuff on the arm.



I think it is just a matter of opening the trem up and screwing some stuff (no jokes). As for putting sticky stuff on my bar (no jokes), I think that might gum up my tremolo unit, and I will be steering clear from that.
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#6
give it viagra.

sorrry, I had to
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#8
One wonders how that arm socket design survived pretty much without changes for close to 25 years considering that everyone and their cousin wonders how to keep the arm tight.

If you hate the swinging arm (hater! ) then your choice is either a temp fix (I used to wrap some thin copper wire into the grooves under the washers, effectively expanding them by a fraction of a millimeter), or swapping the arm socket to that from an OFR, or maybe the new Edge Zero, or one of the Gotoh/Wilkinson sockets. There's no easy and permanent solution, not the kind that works anyhow.
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#9
Quote by octavarium78
give it viagra.


This.

...Actually, no. There should be a screw or something somewhere on the bridge that you can use to keep the tremolo bar where ya like.
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#10
Quote by pifty
One wonders how that arm socket design survived pretty much without changes for close to 25 years considering that everyone and their cousin wonders how to keep the arm tight.

If you hate the swinging arm (hater! ) then your choice is either a temp fix (I used to wrap some thin copper wire into the grooves under the washers, effectively expanding them by a fraction of a millimeter), or swapping the arm socket to that from an OFR, or maybe the new Edge Zero, or one of the Gotoh/Wilkinson sockets. There's no easy and permanent solution, not the kind that works anyhow.



I wouldn't say I hate the swinging arm, as I have been using it in its freely-swinging state for almost 4 years now, I just find that for the times that I want to do a lot of heavy bridge tilting, it would just be far more convenient to have it hang out where my hand does.

More time shredding, less time reaching. It's kinda like trying to get a straw in your mouth without looking, and it just circles your glass while you look like an idiot with your tongue out.
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#11
Quote by Dudage
It's kinda like trying to get a straw in your mouth without looking, and it just circles your glass while you look like an idiot with your tongue out.
This is brilliant imagery.


Now that I think about it, a fairly easy mod to the Edge socket would be to drill a hole in the side and thread in a tension screw. Gotta try that sometime on the next Ibanez I buy.
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#12
Quote by Pac_man0123
I hear putting plumber's tape on helps actually. That may do the trick. And it isn't a permanent sticky thing.


this
and removing the nylon washers and painting nail varnish where they lay works wonders too, then when its dry and after a few layers..replace them


the nylong on the arms is a soft polymer that contracts under pressure. this pressure and friction is caused by the arm socket when in use and when 'erect'
its a non sustainable feature that needs often checking up on