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HARDWARE

 

COLLET KNOBS

Normally a new knob wouldn't be something I'd get excited about, but, I love these. Based on the old Sure Grip knobs that began use in the 70's, these are as positive a grip as you can get on a speed knob. Often I hear about how a new guitar has pots that are too tight to turn the knobs with a pinky, and it's usually because there's not enough grip. Eventually the knobs will loosen up, but these knobs will give you the grip you'd need at any stage of a guitars life. I'll have to figure out how these are removed, so stay tuned for an update. Of course I will get the part number and order them for my Parts Department ASAP.

These will be on every Prestige guitar except the RG1451's.


EDGE / LO PRO

By now you're well aware of the return of these 2 old school bridges. Many of you are already very aware of their design, but this will answer the question I will be asked the most.

YES, THE EDGE AND LO PRO SYSTEMS DO COME WITH THE LOCKING STUDS.

EDGE

Now for the younger among us, the EDGE was the original cast Floyd Rose Licensed trem Ibanez introduced in 1986. It is a higher profile trem in that the string lock screws come straight out from the saddle, running underneath the fine tuners, which causes the tail of the bridge to be tall enough for the clearance. The EDGE is still my favorite trem as a player for it's more pliable feel and weighting. Joe and Steve are from the same school as many of their stage guitars have the EDGE on them, and enough power as endorsees to keep Ibanez from putting the Edge Zero bridge system on their production guitars. A few picture are worth more than words.

As you can see when the trem angle is correctly set it looks like the bridge is at a positive angle. You must use the knife edge pressed into the side of the baseplate as the judge for "level" if you want to maintain consistent setups on your guitars. Fully described in my Tech section of course. The EGDE and Lo Pro are fully interchangeable so if the EDGE profile is not low enough for you the Lo Pro can be directly swapped into the same EDGE route without any changes.

 

LO PRO

The Lo Pro makes it's return on all Signature 7 string models. Where the "Licensed" line molded into the baseplate has been ground off the EDGE molds, the line still exists on the Lo Pro version. It isn't know if this is just because old stock trems are being used and they haven't gotten around to grinding the line out of the mold. At any rate, the Lo Pro has a much lower profile as the string lock screw that makes the tail of the EDGE tall to create clearance, was moved to the top and in front of the fine tuners. The saddle tailpiece that is controlled by the fine tuners is lowered to allow the tail of the trem to be much lower, creating the Lo Profile.

 


 

EDGE ZERO 7

It was inevitable that Ibanez would make the 7 string version of this trem. It is the exact same system as the 6 string version with just the added saddle. These have been getting better as production matures so the EZ7 should be pretty good right out of the box with most of the bugs worked out in the 6 string production.


 

ZR V1.1

Ibanez has finally redesigned the failure prone cast 2ZR29 arm holder tube and replaced it with a machined arm socket. As you can see from the picture the tube is held on the baseplate by the cover, which is locked together with the Allen bolt. The arm is now unthreaded and the bushing without the locating tab of the ZR1. This should solve all the problems with the original system. I have some in stock now so you can convert your broken 2ZR29 over to the new design. The cost of the full assembly with bar is $45 + shipping. Or just continue to replace the broken 2ZR29 for $10.

 

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