#1
I got a new guitar and wanted to set up my old guitar for lower tunings (Drop B mainly, sometimes A# and A).
The guitar is an Ibanez GRG170DX
http://www.ibanez.com/ElectricGuitars/model-GRG170DX
I got a set of seven strings and put the low B (0.59) to high B (0.13) strings on it to see if they were suitable.
When i put them on and tune them up the bridge starts to protrude from the guitar. When i loosen them again the bridge goes back. This is obviously to do with the tension the strings are causing. So is this a problem? or is the guitar designed to do this to counteract the tension?
so basically what I'm asking is are the strings too big?

I've got a set of 0.11-0.52 i can try instead if they are too big.


EDIT Found this on the internet. Some other guy is having the exact same problem as me but he hasn't mentioned using heavier gauge strings.
http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20100531195941AAI9ZlU

EDIT and someone else with a similar problem.
http://www.guitartricks.com/forum/archive/index.php/t-11931.html

I don't really know what the actual problem is though :/
Last edited by frankibo at Jun 2, 2010,
#2
probably needs a setup which invloves adjusting the truss-rod so it can withstand the new tension. most guitar shops should do this for you, if you dont know how to
#3
Funnily enough, I was just gonna post a thread about this... I have just moved up string gauge and my trem is now sitting off the body abit, shall I just quarter turn the truss rod to the left to loosen the relief?? or do i tighten the truss rod?
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Last edited by livnew at Jun 2, 2010,
#4
I had the same problem. I try my best to explain what to adjust. Open the back of the guitar where the tremelo is. You will see 2 or 3 springs holding the tremelo in place. You want to losen the springs, this can be done with a screwdriver. Until the tremelo is in the right angle again.

EDIT: here I found a helpfull picture.

http://www.fretnotguitarrepair.com/images/DCP_3157.JPG

Not all tremelo's look like thise but they work the same anyway. You see the screws at the left? You are gonna want to adjust them.
Last edited by DavidBenyamin at Jun 2, 2010,
#5
Quote by DavidBenyamin
You want to losen the springs, this can be done with a screwdriver. Until the tremelo is in the right angle again.


To loosten the springs to i unscrew?
#7
The bridge should be flush with the guitar body so tighten or loosen the 2 screws in the cavity until bridge is parallel with the guitar. Of course you might also need to adjust the truss rod but I would have thought the lower tunings would go some way to countering the tension of the thicker strings
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#8
Quote by Bendybaws
The bridge should be flush with the guitar body so tighten or loosen the 2 screws in the cavity until bridge is parallel with the guitar. Of course you might also need to adjust the truss rod but I would have thought the lower tunings would go some way to countering the tension of the thicker strings



In which way would you need to adjust the truss rod? Tighten it or loosen it??! Thanks
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#9
Loosen? I had this issue and tightening is what fixed it. The added string tension from the heavier strings is more than the springs, which is why the bridge is now sticking up. To even out the tension you would tighten the springs. Also, you probably do need to get the truss rod adjusted but that's not the real problem here.

Hope it helps
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#10
I tightened the springs to counteract on the trem lifting up and it has worked but wouldn't this cause stress on the truss rod?
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