#1
I posted this a couple of times before, but never got a solution to it... I have a problem with my FR bridge. From what I observed, it's not returning to the exact same spot everytime I use the whammy. It returns to one spot when I pull the bar up, and to another spot when I push the bar down, and these two spots are slightly off (you can barely see the difference when looking at the bridge). That means if I first pull the bar up and then tune my guitar, it will stay in tune everytime I pull the bar up . If I push the bar down though, it will go out of tune, until I pull the bar up again. If I tune after pushing the bar down, the opposite happens, it goes out of tune when I pull up, until I push back down.. You get the pattern. I'll try to post a vid of this later.

A couple of specs:
- It's a FR ORIGINAL, not one of those crappy licensed versions
- It's brand new
- Everything's been set up, intonation, truss rod, etc.
- The bridge is parallel to the body
- Strings are stretched
- Locking nut is tight and no strings are slipping out

Does anyone have an idea??
I've been on this for months I'm starting to lose hope...
#2
mine does this too, although i have an ltd, so it's licensed. basically you can tune your guitar with the whammy bar. so the strings don't actually go out of tune, just the bridge doesn't return properly. it's has to be a problem with the knife edge section of it, but i'm not sure what. i'll ask my guitar guy some time.
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#3
Try lubing your trem posts. If it's not this doesn't help then your knife edges are dulled, which wouldn't make sense if it's new.
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#4
thanks for the idea, anything you can recommend. is it safe to use WD-40?
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#5
How do I lube my trem posts? Do I need to take the whole thing off the guitar?
#6
where'd you get the guitar? if you can take it in where you got it they might be able to help you
#7
Quote by sammo_boi
thanks for the idea, anything you can recommend. is it safe to use WD-40?


Wd-40 isnt really the best thing for the job you need somthing thicker.

My lube of choice is Chap Stick/Lipsyl, its silicon based so wont react with any metals and so far hasnt failed me yet.
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#8
I bought it from DrumCityGuitarLand over the net, but I live in Canada... But I took it to my local guitar store 3 times and nothing changed.
#10
I used the wd-40 before you posted. It certainly makes a noticeable difference. will try chapstick sometime.
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#12
have someone check the knife edges.
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#13
Checking / lubing the knife edges is the only thing I haven't done yet I think... So let's hope it works... If it doesn't well I guess I'll just block the bridge and never buy another guitar with a FR lol
#14
It´s possible that one of the stud post holes has a crack (which I´ve seen before) and means your guitar is screwed unless you block the trem, or maybe the springs are hanging up a little against the body. It´s really hard to tell with out having a look at it. Take it to a tech and let them have a look.
#15
Just lubed the trem posts / knife edges and ZZZZOMG IT WORKED!!! It's going back to tune everytime!! Thank you so much guys!!
#16
Quote by jbab
Just lubed the trem posts / knife edges and ZZZZOMG IT WORKED!!! It's going back to tune everytime!! Thank you so much guys!!


Anytime.
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