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HARDWARE

 

EDGE ZERO 2

The EZ2 is not a cousin to the EDG3 or Edge Pro 2, but more a brother to the Edge Zero. It is at heart, an EZ without the intonation bolt [or bathtub rout behind it] but, with differences. It does not use a single screwed on knife plate like the others but has individual pressed in knife edges like the entire Edge family. It also shares the same locking studs and anchors as the EZ [which I usually swap out for Lo Pro studs], but is not made in the same facility as the EZ. The EZ is finished to a higher degree, the EZ2 mold [especially noticeable on the saddle molds] is not as finely finished leaving a rougher less refined surface. It uses the ZR-V1.1 arm holder system [detailed below and left from last years page] that replaced the older cast [prone to braking] ZR1 holder, which is not quite as nice as the EZ/ZR2 holder, but functions the same, and is available [unlike the EZ/ZR2 holder system Japan refuses to sell, even if you break it, you buy a new trem!]. My biggest complaint about it is the fine tuners have very little knurl on them making them tougher to grip to turn [one of my gripes about the EZ also], but either can be replaced with ZR fine tuners which are far superior in my opinion, and a relatively cheap upgrade!. All in all, it will function as it should, but the compromises cut cost enough to be profitable on the cheaper guitars it will be used on. These will be using nearly the same ZPS3 unit as the Prestige, the ZPS3Fe which I'm guessing refers to a less exotic metallurgy than the ZPS3 for in the Prestige.

Available in EZ2 and EZ2-7.

 


 

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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