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  • Cure for a Loose Tremolo Arm?

    My Ibanez RG3120 has a Lo-Pro bridge with a tremolo arm that is a push-in/pull-out. There is no screw in mechanism and no way to loosen or tighten it. The arm is way too loose for my taste...I don't like it flopping around. I would much rather have it stay put.

    The arm itself has two plastic bushings on it to help make it fit tighter, but they don't help much. I've tried wedging little pieces of paper inside the bushings and I've tried adding clear nail polish to thicken it up and make it feel tighter. Nothing I've tried seems to keep tight for longer than an hour or two.

    Doesn't anyone have a solution that works? Is there a way to buy a replacement tremolo arm that has some kind of tightening mechanism on it?
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  • #2
    a THIN elastic band wrapped around it.

    It needs to be thin or you wont be able to get it in there
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    • #3
      The way I do it is to use a bit of nail polish under the little white insert thingies on the bar. A bit of that on there, then slip the plastic thingies on, jam the bar into the socket.

      So if you can borrow some nail polish from a female acquaintance or something, try that.
      Originally Posted by Norton666 (15/07/2009)


      Give it 6 months and the Axe-Fx will be mentioned in the same sentence as the Johnson Millenium stuff.

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      • #4
        get some saranwrap put it around the bar and just push it in. Its pretty simple
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        • #5
          The nail polish trick wears off too fast.
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          • #6
            Teflon ??

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            • #7
              teflon wouldnt help surely - it acts as more of a lubricant.


              i wrapped gaffer tape (or duct tape) around the end, then screwed it in, and the tape bonded on nicely.

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              • #8
                I put a small sliver of clear tape around mine.
                It's not about money or popularity , although some money would be nice.

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                • #9
                  teflon tape, like for plumbing threads, may work - it does on threaded bars anyway

                  that may be what axe2 meant
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                  • #10
                    Replace it--the whole trem.

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                    • #11
                      you tighten it...lol
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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by BigED
                        The nail polish trick wears off too fast.


                        That's true. I have to redo mine a tad more frequently than I'd like.
                        Originally Posted by Norton666 (15/07/2009)


                        Give it 6 months and the Axe-Fx will be mentioned in the same sentence as the Johnson Millenium stuff.

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                        • #13
                          As it's not a threaded tremolo bar like the strats...
                          i would replace plastic bushings with neoprene "O rings"
                          like the one they sell in plumbing supplies

                          They will stick more to the edges then the plastic one and you can buy them in all diameter/thickness.

                          Bring tremolo bar to store to have correct diameter.


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                          • #14
                            Another vote for the white "teflon plumber's tape".
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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Player
                              Replace it--the whole trem.


                              Where can I get a replacement?
                              My band: www.embersremain.com

                              Friend us: facebook.com/embersremain

                              Check out our latest song: youtube.com/watch?v=ZwqpR1FPCqE

                              Watch my Engl Blackmore clips: www.youtube.com/embersremain

                              Engl Blackmore, Avatar G412 Vintage loaded w/ Hellatone 60Ls and G12T75s, Ibanez RG3120TW, 1981 Ibanez Blazer Custom, Ibanez GSR200, Yamaha Stage Custom

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