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Setting up a bridge on a guitar

Discussion in 'Hardware, Setup & Repair [BG]' started by AndreyR, Mar 22, 2014.

  1. AndreyR


    Apr 7, 2008
    Brooklyn, New York
    Not sure if its the right thread, but
    I have an old Ibanez RG 170 R, and I want to lower its action. To lower the action, I need to turn the two bridge screws. One of them seems rusted, and I have applied a lot of force to try to lower it, but no success (the contact point of screw and bridge seems to be rusty). While the other screw can turn freely. What can I do?

  2. Immigrant


    Jul 2, 2010
    West of Stumptown, USA
    Penetrating oil. Let it sit for awhile. Raise first if necessary. I would anyway.
  3. RSBBass


    Jun 11, 2011
    After you get it loose, I would take it out and clean it.
  4. AndreyR


    Apr 7, 2008
    Brooklyn, New York
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  6. 202dy

    202dy Supporting Member

    Sep 26, 2006
    1. Loosen strings.
    2. Remove from tuning pegs.
    3. Remove rear plate.
    4. Remove trem springs.
    5. Remove trem from body.
    6. Apply penetrating oil to both. Allow to do it's job.
    7. Remove bearing screws.
    8. Brush rust off threads.
    9. Brush or chase rust residue out of inserts.
    10. Reassemble in reverse order.
    11. Perform complete set up with string change.

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