#1
Hey, I have an Ibanez RG1570Z, which the Edge Zero trem. It's been around two years with this guitar, and up until recently, it played like a dream. I prefer Standard-low action, .09-.42 string guage. Whenever I had to restring, I gave it to someone from a music store nearby (the only one in town) to do so. And if ever the action seemed to get bad and way too high, he fixed it for me by tightening the action studs at the bridge. Little did I know he was doing it wrong.

After playing for a couple of days, the action went way too low with a lot of string buzz and choking. SO I went over to the store once again and he told me it would have something to do with the truss rod. So he adjusted my neck, but the action got way too high and uncomfortable for me. So he worked with the action studs again and set it up for me.

When I came home and read about it, it turns out you have to use a smaller allen wrench and first loosen the stud locks inside the bolts prior to setting up your action. Well I guess the guitar tech from the store didn't do that and now when I tried it myself I can't do it. It's like the stud locks are stuck. The guitar is playing alright but it gets out of tune really fast now. And the action could still be lowered down (which would my more comfortable to me) but now I just don't know what to do. It turns out the guy doesn't know jack***t about edge trems.

Also, the tremolo's way too tight and rigid now, it's like I can't even use it.

What should I do in order to get the inner stud locks back to how they should be and to loosen the trem so that it can be used? And also, there's still some chokes that I'm experiencing on the 17th/18th frets, whenever I bend. Help me out anyone?
#2
Sounds like this neanderthal screwed up your guitar. If you apply force to the locked down stud, you'd probably strip the screws or break them. I'd take the whole thing apart and look for damage before doing anything else. If something is broken, you'd need to replace the part or in worst case scenario the whole bridge for it to work as it should.

People aren't knowledgeable just because they work in music stores. Go on recommendations only and when in doubt, don't let them do work on your guitar.

EDIT: Most people would recommend you to remove the whole bridge from the posts before doing any action adjustments! This isn't stated in the manual, but repeated turnings of the post would probably cause a lot of unecessary wear on the knife edges, effectively reducing the lifespan of the bridge by years.
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Last edited by HomerSGR at Dec 8, 2015,
#3
Here ya go TS
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#4
Quote by HomerSGR
Sounds like this neanderthal screwed up your guitar. If you apply force to the locked down stud, you'd probably strip the screws or break them. I'd take the whole thing apart and look for damage before doing anything else. If something is broken, you'd need to replace the part or in worst case scenario the whole bridge for it to work as it should.

People aren't knowledgeable just because they work in music stores. Go on recommendations only and when in doubt, don't let them do work on your guitar.

EDIT: Most people would recommend you to remove the whole bridge from the posts before doing any action adjustments! This isn't stated in the manual, but repeated turnings of the post would probably cause a lot of unecessary wear on the knife edges, effectively reducing the lifespan of the bridge by years.


Alright. I will find someone who could do that for me. Thank you!

As for now, the guitar seems to be playing fine though. Except for one problem, involving the chokes while bending on the 17th/18th frets. Seems to be in tune as well.

Can I keep playing like this for now? Because it seems pretty good with the action set up to my convenience as well.
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Quote by Ikillintel
Here ya go TS

You might have better luck with a link that has ALL the characters in it,
https://www.ultimate-guitar.com/forum/showthread.php?t=614226

I can't vouch for the info in it though, I didn't read it.