How to Tune an Edge III Tremolo Bridge Guitar

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How to Tune an Edge III Tremolo Bridge Guitar
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The Edge III tremolo bridge is a floating tremolo bridge that is installed on low to mid range Ibanez electric guitars. The process to tune an Edge III bridge is similar to most Floyd Rose style tremolo bridges, including the original Edge. The process to tuning guitars with these types of bridges is more involved than a guitar that has a fixed bridge of a non-floating tremolo bridge. Floating tremolo bridges are held in position by the tension of the guitar strings. This means that any adjustment to the string tension when tuning the guitar causes the bridge to shift slightly. This causes the other strings to go slightly out of tune. It takes several repetitions to get the guitar in tune.

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Things you need

  • Ibanez guitar with Edge III tremolo bridge
  • Electric tuner or reference pitch
  • Allen key

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Loosen the three bolts in the locking nut of the Ibanez guitar using the Allen key. You do not need to completely remove the notes. A half to full turn is sufficient to tune an Edge III bridge.

  2. 2

    Turn the fine tuners on the bridge, the round knobs at the end of each string, to the middle of their range. The knobs visibly move in or out depending on the direction it is turned. The knobs should be placed in the centre position when you tune an Edge III bridge to allow the string to be tuned up or down when the locking nut is relocked.

  3. 3

    Tune the strings normally using an electric tuner or reference pitch to tune each string to the correct pitch. Turn the tuning peg on the headstock to change the pitch of the string until it corresponds to the correct note on the tuner display or matches the reference pitch. This is the same process as tuning any other normal guitar.

  4. 4

    Check all six strings on the tuner display or against the reference pitches. Some of the strings should have gone out of tune.

  5. 5

    Retune and recheck all six strings on the guitar. All six strings will remain in tune after a few repetitions of this process.

  6. 6

    Lock the three bolts on the locking nut back in place with the Allen key. The strings will go slightly out of tune when this is done.

  7. 7

    Tune the strings again. This time use the fine tuners on the bridge instead of the tuning keys on the headstock.

  8. 8

    Check the strings against the reference pitch or tuner display. The strings may have gone slightly out of tune while using the fine tuners on different strings.

  9. 9

    Retune and recheck the strings until all six strings are in tune. This may take a few iterations to get the Edge III tremolo bridge in tune.

Tips and warnings

  • The fine tuners have a limited range of motion. You will need to retune your Ibanez guitar if the fine tuner reaches the edge of its range of motion before the string is in tune.

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