Okay, I'll do this the right way. Some steps were not photographed because I was too busy being pissed off to give a shit.
I decided to buy a Graph Tech LB63 bridge because I wanted synth and shred in the same guitar. Yeah, I could've bought an Edge Pro for $200+ and spent $450 on the infamous Shotgunn package, but I figured $370 was more my budget for a $200 guitar. So, the Graph Tech bridge was $179 and already had the saddles loaded. After cuing up some Devin Townsend, Here is the opening:
I wanted to use it in this guitar, so I could get rid of the Borg look and have better tracking.
So, out comes the Double Edge system. It would be uber-sweet if I could've just used these saddles for MIDI, but alas, no such luck.
Ah, problem number 1. The brass block on the Graph Tech trem is fucking huge. So huge, in fact, that you can see it poking out of the cavity.
Now I need a block that will work. I have 3 Lo Pros to choose from. I can risk fucking up the Double Edge lo pro, I can fuck with my other main gigging guitar, or I can rob the 7620 of it's block. What you see here is the saddles removed from the trem shortly before I took the block off of the baseplate.
Here's where we take a break from the pictures.
What you won't see is how I got to take all the fucking saddles and wires off the LB63 so I could change out the block. Of course, the holes didn't line up with the Ibanez block, so I could only secure it to the Graph Tech baseplate with 2 screws. I put all the fucking saddles and wires back together and slapped it in the Sabre.
I get it all strung up, and it wouldn't work with the studs for the Lo-Pro. Wouldn't return to zero, so I spend the next 2 hours putting both bridges back together they way they were. My 7620 is not happy with me. Fortunately, it's right about this time that Devin Townsend is singing "It's just another Mountain". Inspired, I carry on.
My backup plan for all of this is that my Xiphos needed a new trem anyway. I could've spent $100 on another Edge III, but didn't want it. I could've spent $189 on a new OFR, but I took a chance on the LB63 because it was essentially an OFR with piezo saddles already in place. If it didn't work in the Sabre, I'd make it work in the Xiphos. :evil:
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Of course, it wouldn't work with the Edge III studs either. At that point, I snapped. I grabbed my drill and milled out the existing Edge III holes, then pounded the Graph Tech anchors into them. I also had to grind on the back corner of the treble side so it would clear the body. There excessive space on the bass side, as you can see.
Here's a lovely side shot showing that there's no more room for the saddles to go back any farther. To compound the problem, Graph Tech also closes off the front of their saddles with metal, so even if I had the room to go back farther, the metal in front of the set screw would keep the screw from going back any farther. Hell, even if that didn't stop me, the wire for the piezo element would be sheared off because the opening in the baseplate is only big enough to accomodate the existing saddle travel.
Here's the back, so you can see just how ghetto this is. Can't use my Tremol-No with this block and get it to flutter. Since the block is so fucking big, I can only have 2 springs. Why, you ask?
Simple. Because they have to stretch that much farther to get up to the block. I had three springs on there and there was *way* too much tension.
As promised, here are the photos of my mutilation from having to relive all of this again. Not really, these are of my right hand after I had 4 stitches in my ring finger's second knuckle. The brace was there to keep the joint from moving so the fibers in my knuckle could heal.
Finally, every good story needs a happy ending. That's my Edge III in the trash. A wise man once said that trash belongs in the trash. I'm inclined to agree.
Damn dude, that's brutal. I thought all of the S-guitars came with ZR trems?