So I'm replacing my Jackson Schaller floyd on my 89 Rhoads custom with a Schaller floyd (Stripped out the intonation set screw on a saddle on the Jackson branded Schaller).
I've upgraded the saddles to be Graph Tech String Saver saddles.
In doing some reading regarding saddles not going back far enough to get intonation correctly, I came across stuff referring to the trem posts leaning forward. Upon inspeciton, I've noticed that yes indeed, my trem posts are leaning forward
Now, this 'could' be expected on a guitar made in '89. However, I tried to remove the posts w/ a pair of vise grips (cloth covering the trem stud as to not damage it) and its not coming out. Actually, they're not loose or wobbly at all to be honest.
BTW, since most ppl ask this: 9-46s tuned 1/2 step down (d-Tuna on low E string, Tremol-no installed), 3 springs lined up straight across.
So... what's a safe way to pull out my trem posts to fix the lean, without damaging anything?
Also, any other advice anyone can give?
When I pull trem studs, if I'm worried about hurting the finish, place a cloth over the body, unscrew the studs as far as possible while still being threaded in, use a 1/2" or so thick board as an anchor and use a claw hammer's nail puller to give leverage against the board which is resting on the cloth so as not to hurt the finish. Hammer will give a LOT more leverage than you'll get from vice grips.
You'll have to glue in wooden dowels and redrill the holes with a drill press to effectively get rid of the lean, otherwise you're wasting time.