Originally Posted by Mattayus
Ibanez is one of the companies big enough for it to be possible the design is proprietary, and not available at any sort of hardware store. But it always cracks me up when trem companies sell parts that are just the exact same thing you can get at hardware stores for a 1200% markup.
The worst are the hex bolts for holding the pads on, and the L shaped hex wrenches. You can got to the hardware store and get a pound of l shaped allen wrenches for what Floyd Rose wants for the "official" version.
In terms of springs, even if Ibanez has those made special, you can probably find something nearly identical. "Spring suppliers" aren't really the kind of stuff where you will find a huge variety in your neighborhood hardware store, but there are definitely quite a few out there. I would bet even if Ibanez orders theirs special and you can't get the exact same thing, you can find something functionally identical with minimal effort.
In terms of tracking down suppliers, of which there are probably only a few big ones in the "global springs industry", you'll have no luck approaching guitar companies. They'll just want you to buy their overpriced official versions. You'll have more luck approaching companies that make spring reverbs. Accutronics or Mod. Spring reverb springs and trem springs aren't made in house. https://www.springsfast.com/stock-extension-springs.phphttps://www.centuryspring.com/produc...nsion-springs/
I actually bought a set of the "official Kahler high tension springs" for a Kahler guitar. Never ended up using them, the price was something ridiculous, like $40. As you can see from the links from bulk spring suppliers, the mark up there is fucking astronomical. There is no fucking way Kahler didn't get those things from one of the above companies for like 15 cents a piece.
The black Ibanez springs are already lightly coated, but you can actually plasti-dip springs to increase tension. The "heavy duty"/"noiseless" springs companies like Floyd Upgrades sells are just regular springs coated in varying degrees of plastidip. There are obviously a bunch of formulas for all sorts of things spring related. Hooks law and all that shit, but the diameter of the wire itself factors heavily into the tension/strength of a spring. Plastidip isn't going to be as much of an increase in tension as making the spring from the get-go with a heavier wire, but if you do it right and it bonds to the metal well, you will get an increase in tension. Although if it doesn't bond well you might just get an increase in tension from gunking it up. You probably have to suspend the springs and hang a weight from them and spray them when they are at some degree of extension to avoid that.
I would look up those bulk spring suppliers or something of the same nature on your side of the pond. At least if it's a common problem you deal with all the time. You can probably just ask them and they'll tell you what the guitar companies order. A lot of them even have the stuff they make for musical applications labeled on their sites with stuff like "music wire". Spring manufacturers do quite a lot of business with the musical instrument on a number of fronts obviously. You might not just be able to call and get the right guy to tell you what to order for something obscure, but for stuff like spring reverbs or standard trem springs you can definitely just call them up and be like, "What does so and so company order? I want a shit ton of those."