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    I was wondering if any of you have some tricks/techniques or advice. I have purchased a EBMM EVH and it was set-up for Eb. I want to set it up in standard tuning but when I tighten the strings, the tremolo lifts up and is now floating. Please help!!
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    Take the backplate off and tighten the tremelo springs. Remember to detune your strings first, though. It's a matter of trial and error.

    Detune guitar
    Tighten springs
    Retune
    Repeat as needed
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    Quote Originally Posted by scs5150
    I was wondering if any of you have some tricks/techniques or advice. I have purchased a EBMM EVH and it was set-up for Eb. I want to set it up in standard tuning but when I tighten the strings, the tremolo lifts up and is now floating. Please help!!
    -tighten/loosen springs till bottom of bridge is parallel with top of body
    -flip guitar over
    -wedge a screw in gap to the right of trem block, fixing bridge position. cut screw to size with dremel, bridge must still be parallel with body. wear safety glasses when cutting screw and hold it with pliers, it gets hot!
    -loosen springs so screw is held securely
    -tune up
    -SLOWLY tighten springs
    -when screw falls out, your done

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    Quote Originally Posted by the breadman
    -tighten/loosen springs till bottom of bridge is parallel with top of body
    -flip guitar over
    -wedge a screw in gap to the right of trem block, fixing bridge position. cut screw to size with dremel, bridge must still be parallel with body. wear safety glasses when cutting screw and hold it with pliers, it gets hot!
    -loosen springs so screw is held securely
    -tune up
    -SLOWLY tighten springs
    -when screw falls out, your done
    What??

    Dodge has the right idea.
    To protect the body fold a cleaning cloth or unspoiled rag to the right thickness, and if you don't want to do that alone, use it with something thicker (used a rag/cleaning cloth folded quickly plenty of times, never fails). Follow Dodge's advice and everything will turn out fine.

    Just remember, although the EBMM is slightly recessed, it's not a Floating trem, nor intended that way. Going to E from Eb isn't that extreme. Once you establish your string gauge (no tellin what the other dude was usin, so make sure to throw on a new set of strings) and follow Dodge's advice, kick that fretboard in the ass, just remember to wash your hands.
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    Thanks all!! We'll see how it comes out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheMightyCopenHalenII
    What??

    Dodge has the right idea.
    To protect the body fold a cleaning cloth or unspoiled rag to the right thickness, and if you don't want to do that alone, use it with something thicker (used a rag/cleaning cloth folded quickly plenty of times, never fails). Follow Dodge's advice and everything will turn out fine.

    Just remember, although the EBMM is slightly recessed, it's not a Floating trem, nor intended that way. Going to E from Eb isn't that extreme. Once you establish your string gauge (no tellin what the other dude was usin, so make sure to throw on a new set of strings) and follow Dodge's advice, kick that fretboard in the ass, just remember to wash your hands.


    What I put down was taken from Fender's ten step set-up process. It's found in Dan Erlewines' "How To Make Your Electric Guitar Play Great" pages 108-109 and page 112 concerning Ibanez LO PRO EDGE tremelos.

    Fender and Dan use a wooden block to block the trem. I cut a screw to size as its much easier than cutting or finding the right size block. Also there is no danger of damaging the face of the guitar as the trem is blocked in the cavity, not from the top.

    It's easy and makes setting up a floater a snap.

    Before blowing something off, make sure you know what your talking about.
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    What I do works, and what other people do works for them, therefore I know what I'm talking about. The whole thing is, if that's a stock Gotoh in that EBMM with no mods, it's not setup as a floating trem.

    I know your method works as well. It seems as though it was a bit much to do to accomplish the same task with an easier process (especially being that that particular trem isn't a floater, and need a tension adjustment). I do apologize for coming across as a dick though breadman.
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    I need to make something a little more specific. When I mean to tighten the tremelo springs, I mean screw the tremelo block (The block the strings are hooked to) screws clockwise to increase the tension on the springs.

    No offense, Breadman, but you don't have a clue about these guitars or what to do to fix scs5150's issue.
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