This is around on the web, but the pictures are missing, and i didnt feel the description was very clear. I have pictures, which are cellphone and a bit blurry, but ill give illustrations as well
This works on all the high end edge and variant models, so the Edge, The Lo Pro Edge, and the Edge Pro, both 6 and 7 string models.
This consists of 2 parts. First, Removing the old collar unit, and Second, adding the new collar unit.
What you need
- A Schaller/OFR arm assembly
- A crescent wrench (Pliers work, but a crescent wrench is preferable)
- A very wide bladed flathead screwdriver
- A fine head phillips screwdriver
- A hammer
- LocTite (Optional but recommended)
Part One: Removing the old ibanez assembly.
- Remove Locking Spring
if you look at the bottom of the assembly, there is a black screw directly in the bottom, which is holding a small black spring that goes into a hole in the side of the assembly. Remove this screw, and the spring. The spring usually will just fall out once the screw is removed. This small nub end of this spring that sits in the side of the assembly is what clicks into the groove on the tip of the edge bar, and holds the bar in the trem.
- Remove Assembly Locking Bolt
Here starts the tricky part. if you look where you insert the bar on the top of the trem, you can see the assembly screwed into the baseplate. this assembly has a notch on either side of the circle. Looking at the bottom of the plate, right where the assembly and plate meet, you see a hex nut. This nut is what keeps the assembly from being unscrewed from the baseplate (so naturally, well remove this nut, since its at a direct moral and functional opposite to us). To remove the nut, use your flathead screwdriver on top of the plate, putting it across the hole where the bar goes, and into the 2 notches. The bitch part is finding a wide enough screw driver. I didnt have one, but i managed to use the flathead part of my Leatherman Supertool to dig into the inside of the assembly, and lock it. the metal did strip away inside a bit, and looks kinda like brass, but malformed like shitty pot metal.
Use the screwdriver to hold the assembly in place, and then use your crescent wrench or pliers to break the nut loose (it can be tricky, locktite from the assembly sometimes leaks into this nut) and remove it.
- Remove Assembly Housing
The last of the tricky bits. Use your screwdriver like you did before, across the 2 notches on top of the assembly (or simply dug inside lol) but this time, turn it counter clockwise. this part is DEFINITELY a bitch. ibanez likes to loktite the fuck out of these (which to be fair, is a good thing from a production standpoint), and ive heard of people having to have these drilled out cause they couldnt break them loose. Ive never had that issue, but it can take alot of force (heres where i tend to scrape metal shavings loose on the inside using the screwdriver). Once it breaks loose though it usually comes out without a lot of fuss
Part 2: Inserting the new assembly
- Disassemble New Assembly
youll get a few bits with the new assembly. The arm, the assembly casing, an expansion casing, a washer and a screw.
Take out the screw and washer, and the larger expansion casing should slide off. get rid of all this, we only need the bar and the assembly casing, the piece the bar screws into.
- Insert New Assembly Casing
place the new assembly casing so the part where the bar screws onto is on top (unless you wanna grab your bar from inside the trem cavity ) and place it in the hole where the old assembly was. it will barely sit in place, only the beveled bottom edge fitting in. hit it with a dab of loctite around the edges, and hammer it in. I like to put something solid flat on top of it, like my closed up leatherman, so i dont ding up the threading with the hammer. Note: you will knock metal shavings (the thread where the old assembly screwed in) out the bottom, dont freak when you see this
Part 3: Screwing in the bar
- Screw the bar on
And there you have it!
Ill get pictures up ASAP but im having a hard time getting em off my phone