#1
yeah, so my ibanez rg320 is set up for standard E tuning, right? but now i want to set it up for Eb tuning as my main tuning. so, what do i need to do?

I know how the bridge works (sort of), i know how to restring my guitars and adjust the tension of the springs, but beyond that i know nothing really.

so, to intonate and reset my guitar to Eb, is adjusting the springs with the screws enough? or do i have to adjust the spring placement, add springs fk with the truss rod etc? please dotn tell me i have to adjust the saddles, i dont know how to do that at all


i really really really really dont want to take it to the shop to let them do it, they charge like $80 for that, **** that. first time after i did that, i swore that i would learn how to properly restring and adjust my intonation.

so, help me please with resetting my guitar to Eb tuning

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Last edited by Night_Lights at Jun 2, 2006,
#2
You should be able to tune down half a step using the fine-tuners, I'd do that if I was detuning my RG2550. Drop tunings however, are a different matter.

EDIT: You could always just loosen the pads that hold the strings [near the headstock], detune it slightly, check the action, etc, but to be perfectly honest, I reckon it's too much effort to go to just to drop by half a step.
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Last edited by dark_guy at Jun 2, 2006,
#3
but then that would knock out the intonation, would it not?
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#4
From my experience, using my Ibanez, I didn't experience any noticable changes in intonation when detuning by half a step.
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#5
^and if my fine tuners are not enough to sufficiantly downtune to Eb? should i just unscrew the nut, tweak the big tuner a bit, or should i tweak them a lot and reset the fine tuners back to halfway?
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#6
Both will do fine.

(I'm just having a go at making sure intonation doesn't mess up when I use the fine tuners to drop tune by half a step, so bare with me)

EDIT: The problem with using the fine tuners is that they must be at the other extreme so you can detune as much as possible using them.

Unless you can use the fine tuners, I'd just unlock the nut, like you said, detune half a step, lock up, check the trem is level, if not then adjust the springs a bit. Lastly, make any small change to action if needed (means you'll have to check the tuning again) and the intonation should stick as it's only half a step.
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Last edited by dark_guy at Jun 2, 2006,
#7
You can just retune your guitar back to Eb like you detune normally, but you have to adjust the spring tension to make the bridge parallel with the body. Its fine, no adjustment to truss rod or intonation necessary,
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#8
Quote by madpickin03
You can just retune your guitar back to Eb like you detune normally, but you have to adjust the spring tension to make the bridge parallel with the body. Its fine, no adjustment to truss rod or intonation necessary,

Aye, because it's only half a step. Wouldn't worry about it.
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#9
Fllow these simple steps that i made, u cant go wrong with it.

Tuning Floyd Rose:
1) Loosen the locking nut
2) Set your fine tuners to middle position
3) Tune up your guitar to standard or whichever tunings u wish
4) If the floating bridge comes out, loosen the tunings and then tighten the springs in the tremolo cavity at the back, if the bridge sinks, then vice-versa, until the bridge is parallel to the body.
5) If you're happy with your tunings and your bridge is well centered, lock in the nut
6) Tune again using the fine tuners

More info on tuning floyd roses - http://www.floydrose.com/originaltremolo.html
Info on changing strings - http://www.ultimate-guitar.com/columns/features/steal_this_video_re-stringing_guitar.html
Picture guide on how to perform the #4 step mentioned above - http://www.fretnotguitarrepair.com/floydrosetremolo.htm
http://www.jemsite.com/tech/1setup.htm#step1
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