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The Ultimate Ibanez Edge III Set-Up Guide


I decided that a lot of people have a Mid level Ibanez Trem guitar with an Edge III trem system. A lot of the are not set up properly, and that makes the trem function bad, not stay in tune and makes the Knife Edges wear fast.

If it is set up correctly, it can last you a few years, and will stay in tune.

A lot of people think that there trem base should be parallel to the body since it has Low Profile Saddles, thats wrong, because it is not a completely low pro trem like the Edge Pro and Edge Pro III.

A Propery set up trem should have its Knife edges straight with the posts, but with the Edge III you cannot see them. The Base plate should be slanted. A good guide is that the bottom of the fine tuners should be straight with the body.


If you got your guitar, and it looks like this, it is WRONG!.


Thats what most people think it should look like, and that causes premature knife edge wear, and a loss of tuning stability
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How To Change Your Strings


It Really is not that hard. A Lot of people say that its hard to change strings on a Floyd Rose trem, but its not, and if you are keeping the same Gauge and Brand of Strings that it is set up for, its even easier. If you need to change tunings and String Gauges go to the next Post, where I can tell you how to set it up for what you are doing.

You will Need:
1. Allen Wrenches (a 3MM is MANDATORY)
2. 9V Battery or something Similar to Block it
3. Wire Cutters
4. A Tuner
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1. Put the trem bar in, and then insert a 9V battery in the trem cavity, underneath the fine tuners.

2. Remove the current strings on it. Unlock the Nut first, then unwind, and unlock at the bridge

3. slide new strings through machine head, and nut, cut off ball ends if wanted

4. Strings goes into saddle, lock

5. Tune to 1 half step lower, then remove 9V battery

6. Completely tune.

7. Stretch strings and keep tuning

8. Lock nut
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Last edited by FRDesign at Dec 31, 2007,
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*reserved, again*

And you can now post.
Last edited by FRDesign at Dec 31, 2007,
diditfortehlulz
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Quote by False_God
Edge III sucks. Im sorry but its true.


Sorry to say, but he's right.

Ibanez saves the good hardware for their Prestige models. I mean, if they put Edge Pro's and all that on their mid level RG's, what incentive would people have to buy the higher end models?

I think it's great that you're doing this though. Kudos!

Edge III's are not as bad as a lot of people make them out to be.
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Haha, you're still trying to justify your purchase. Quite clearly you know jack all, because otherwise the first post would have contained specific information on how to set up an Edge III to be good.
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So, where is the guide? I just took mine to the shop this morning and the dude got it all set up for free. I didn't tell him I messed with it, because as soon as he seen it he about flipped out because it was set up so wrong.
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Quote by timi_hendrix
Haha, you're still trying to justify your purchase. Quite clearly you know jack all, because otherwise the first post would have contained specific information on how to set up an Edge III to be good.


Is there actually enough set-up to run into more than one post?
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Quote by timi_hendrix
Haha, you're still trying to justify your purchase. Quite clearly you know jack all, because otherwise the first post would have contained specific information on how to set up an Edge III to be good.
I havent wrote anything yet, I'm taking pictures right now, and then uploading em.
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If you know so much about the Edge 3 then why not mention the notch on the bridge plate that tells you when the bridge is level?

This thread fails completely.
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Quote by steven seagull
If you know so much about the Edge 3 then why not mention the notch on the bridge plate that tells you when the bridge is level?

This thread fails completely.
The Edge III doesn't have a notch on the Bridge plate.
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#14
What's there to know about it anyways? The fact that the trem plate is confusingly uneven is the only real difference of EIII from any other cheap LFR out there.
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Quote by FRDesign
The Edge III doesn't have a notch on the Bridge plate.

Seagull fails completely then
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#16
Do the designs of edge 3's differ slightly? Because my 320 FM's flat at the tuning pegs, yours seem to curve and raise over the locking nuts.

Anyway, Edge 3's aren't that bad. Mine was awful before I redid it. When it's off, it goes mentally off. When it's on, it's bang on. Just as any other floyd really.
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^ Yours seems to have the Edge Pro II
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O rly?
In that case - Man people write some dumbass reviews, even on this site.
Ohwell.
What's better, edge 3 or 2? Or whatever one it is that I happen to have.
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Quote by 8footsativaist
O rly?
In that case - Man people write some dumbass reviews, even on this site.
Ohwell.
What's better, edge 3 or 2? Or whatever one it is that I happen to have.

Naw man, don't worry, 320s had both Edge III and Edge Pro II. The latter's a bit better, but still nothing awesome.
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#20
thanks for making this thread, im looking forward to the string changing section, i just got my first "good" guitar for christmas and it has an edge III
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8 foot, just buy an Edge Pro and be done with it.
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Thanks. Good to know.
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I think this thread is pointless. There's a reason why the Set-up thread exists. And if you really want to justify your buy TS, then buy an OFR or whatever else fits in the cavity.
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#24
ITs kinda funny since the Lfr on my jackson stays in tune better than the Edge on my 550.
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Quote by jake911
ITs kinda funny since the Lfr on my jackson stays in tune better than the Edge on my 550.

o.O
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I know that site, i am afraid it may be more of a issue of the knife edges being thick.
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Quote by jake911
I know that site, i am afraid it may be more of a issue of the knife edges being thick.


I call bad setups on this. Normally you'd need to cut Terminator (No, not the T-1000, you smartasses ) in half with those edges to even begin to damage them.
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this thread was a bit disappointing

i thought it go a lil bit into intonation
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#29
This thread will benefit some,so just let him write the guide in peace.He's intending to help,but you're all complaining that this thread sucks just because he's writing about Edge III.Not everyone here can afford a guitar with OFR or just the OFR.
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Quote by Broken-pick
Not everyone here can afford a guitar with OFR or just the OFR.


Thank you. Finally, someone pointed that out.

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Well, anyone who buys a new 350 surely can afford a fairly great 570. Whether you choose to discover that possibility is an entirely different matter.
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Quote by pifty
Well, anyone who buys a new 350 surely can afford a fairly great 570. Whether you choose to discover that possibility is an entirely different matter.

+1.
But those who can only afford a used 350 are better off saving up.
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#33
Quote by steven seagull
If you know so much about the Edge 3 then why not mention the notch on the bridge plate that tells you when the bridge is level?

This thread fails completely.


lol you just owned yourself
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#34
Cliffnotes

Phase 1: Take the Edge III out of your guitar and throw it away.
Phase 2: ???
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#35
Quote by pifty
I call bad setups on this. Normally you'd need to cut Terminator (No, not the T-1000, you smartasses ) in half with those edges to even begin to damage them.


I did a resetup today, hopefully it will get better.

I did the chapstick thing made the knifes right and locked he studs, hopefully this works.
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#36
Quote by False_God
Edge III sucks. Im sorry but its true.


if setup properly, like any trem, the edge III will perform well.
sure, it wont perform like a lo pro, edge or edge pro, BUT it will return to somhat reasonable tuning...nothing that cannot be corrected by the fine tuners.
Now, when you buy a gutiar in that price, you CANNOT expect a £180 bridge unit on a £300 guitar..its ridiculous...so put up!
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To people suggesting to go and buy better gear, we're not all made of money, and we don't all live in the US and UK. Some of us live in retard countries, where we can't afford to pay more than twice the american price for the best gear.
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Quote by godofshred

Now, when you buy a gutiar in that price, you CANNOT expect a £180 bridge unit on a £300 guitar..its ridiculous...so put up!

I dont expect it. I just dislike it. Simple.
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#39
Quote by godofshred
if setup properly, like any trem, the edge III will perform well.
sure, it wont perform like a lo pro, edge or edge pro, BUT it will return to somhat reasonable tuning...nothing that cannot be corrected by the fine tuners.
Now, when you buy a gutiar in that price, you CANNOT expect a £180 bridge unit on a £300 guitar..its ridiculous...so put up!



Floyd rose discovery OT series.


150 dollars for the guitar.

comes with OFR.

good luck finding one, i bought them the last week they were really clearanced.
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#40
Ts how long have you had ur guitar?
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