#1
I mean seriously, I have been playing for 6 years (self taught) never played any other guitars except my starter one.

I recently bought an Ibanez S320 with ZR tremolo.
Now I have really no idea how tremolos work or anything, I have read countless guides etc but they seem to talk about it in great detail while ignoring the basics.

- My guitar HAS been set up, in drop C, at the store
- It stayed in tune for a couple of weeks but has gone slightly out.
I had no idea how to tune it, but decided to risk it and unscrew the 3 clamps at the top of the neck, tune the strings and then tighten the 3 clamps back to (hopefully) the right amount of pressure. This kind of worked but tightening the clamps back on puts it out of tune a bit.
- I have noticed it is really hard to bend notes, is it because of something I have done?
- How do I use the fine tuners, and more importantly where are they?

-By unscrewing the 3 clamps at the top of the neck (next to 1st fret) have I thrown out my intonation or trem setup or something like that?


Sorry, even though this question sounds retarded to be coming from a guitarist of 6 years, I really can't find a basic guide on how to do it that doesn't sound like "Loosen the locking arm nut (a) and reconfigure the flux capacitor located behind the ball bearing locking string tension spring"...etc
I have searched the forums and google, finding only guides on the pros and cons of each trem system.

Thanks
#2
FR guide at the top of the forum?
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#3
Quote by oneblackened
FR guide at the top of the forum?



Aaaand another guide telling me what to do, without explaining how to.

And there's still the question of whether unscrewing the 3 clamps has any negative effects


Edit: for example:

Step 1: Loosen the locking nut.

WHERE IS THE LOCKING NUT ITS NOT EVEN LABELLED ON THE PICS
#4
haha flux capacitor.
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#5
To tune a guitar with an FR you need to tune shraper or flater to how you think the guitar will be.
eg. You want drop C youll have to tune sharper so that it detunes its self to Drop C,

i heard that from a friend so that might not be factual
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#6
locking nut=the clamps at the head.
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#7
If you can't tune by ear, buy a tuner. Get one at your local music store. To tune it, you just tune the pegs (the 6 things on the head of the guitar) to the right tone. Most tuners have a light that will let you know if you're high or low or which way you need to go. Find out what tuning you want, and tune each string to the corresponding note.

Hope that helped a little. If not, go into the local music shop and ask them. I'm sure they'd be more than glad to help. They shouldn't make you feel embarrased or anything.

Best of luck.
#8
all you have to do is tune it very slightly too low, lock it in with the clamps (lock nuts) and then get it in tune using the fine tuners. theyre at the back of the bridge. you have to turn them (usually clockwise) and this will tighten the strings causing the pitch to go up, hence the prior tuning slightly too low. its a little confusing i know but i hope this helps
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Quote by NimbleElephant
If you can't tune by ear, buy a tuner. Get one at your local music store. To tune it, you just tune the pegs (the 6 things on the head of the guitar) to the right tone. Most tuners have a light that will let you know if you're high or low or which way you need to go. Find out what tuning you want, and tune each string to the corresponding note.

Hope that helped a little. If not, go into the local music shop and ask them. I'm sure they'd be more than glad to help. They shouldn't make you feel embarrased or anything.

Best of luck.


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#10
You probably have fine tuners since you have a tremolo so look at the bridge and tune with the small knobs at the bridge.
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#11
I'm no expert but i think i know what you need... but the locking nut is the three screws at the top you tune it regular once you unclamp it... then you clamp them back... that shouldn't mess with your inotaion(SP) but i'm not the pro.... then the fine tuners should be like pegs on your bridge... i'm not sure how you tune that... i hope i helped you
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#12
Quote by funkbass369
actually read the thread.... STOOPID!


Yeah, I went back and looked through and noticed what I did. I was hoping noone would notice my post, haha. Sorry about that guys.
#13
Quote by Bassmastajazzyj
To tune a guitar with an FR you need to tune shraper or flater to how you think the guitar will be.
eg. You want drop C youll have to tune sharper so that it detunes its self to Drop C,

i heard that from a friend so that might not be factual


i'ts smart but it's not the proper way...
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#14
Thanks, mostly to 6_feet and shampooboy.

Does the direction the string clamps face make a difference?

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or

[-]-----------
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[-]-----------3 string guitars ftw
#15
Quote by Platinumcs
Thanks, mostly to 6_feet and shampooboy.

Does the direction the string clamps face make a difference?

[|]---------
[|]---------
[|]---------

or

[-]-----------
[-]-----------
[-]-----------3 string guitars ftw


i'd look at a picture of a guitar with a simmilar nut to yours and then i'd try and match it...
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#17
Wait...you haven't changed your strings in 6 years? You haven't properly tuned your guitar in six years? Do you play once every year? I don't know what to say... it's not rocket science. There are 3 locking screws on the end of the fretboard near the neck, loosen them and tune away.
#18
Quote by Metallica rulz
Wait...you haven't changed your strings in 6 years? You haven't properly tuned your guitar in six years? Do you play once every year? I don't know what to say... it's not rocket science. There are 3 locking screws on the end of the fretboard near the neck, loosen them and tune away.



so apparently you can't read well... cause he said he got a new guitar and and when you tighten the nuts again it detunes them..... moron...
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Last edited by shampooboy37 at Aug 13, 2008,