Didnt you put something under the bridge to stop it moving...and coming back on the body itself?
OK thanks for that,Nope. Never had to. Such a miniscule amt of room between the bridge and the top to begin with. Just releasing string tension was gentle enough to let the trem rest on the face of the guitar. No damage, no chips, and no problems with where the trem came back after restringing. It came back to where it was before, every time.
None of my OEM PRS documents with my new guitars said anything about doing anything special. Unless it's a fully-floating trem (like my Tom Anderson/KahlerSteeler trems), or floating Floyds (a nice 9v battery behind the bridge before slacking the strings works wonders)...no nothing special at all with the PRS OEM trem. Just loosen the strings, clean fretboard, and restring. DONE. Not really any difference than restringing a Stratocaster with a vintage trem. Simple.
I think Alan turned me on to this trick: take a magazine subscription card, wrap it in a couple of layers of 2" painters tape or masking tape. Pop it under the back of the tremolo as you loosen the strings. Done!
Very interesting and useful. I haven't had the trem edge unseat itself as you did, and this was between 3 guitars and 20 years of use; but I can't say it couldn't happen. And there's not much room to slide anything under there...the business cards or magazine subscription cards as-described would be perfect.I’m glad this was posted.
My last string change on a CU24 left the trem sitting at a funny angle that I couldn’t seem to figure out so I took it to a tech. Turns out the knife edge on the trem unseated itself from the notches on the anchor screws. This was caused by me removing all the strings and not supporting the trem.
I’m using a stack of business cards to try to stop this from happening again..
Im confused with this thread? I’ve always just slowly lowered my trem to the body by loosing the tuners, cleaned up the fret board for a few seconds, and then restrung my guitar if it needed a full string change. Is that bad for it? How would that be different than diving the trem hard? Thanks ahead for any info as I’m obviously uneducated on this one
You know, I might have had that happen once, and it was a nothingburger. Just pops right back in. I thought nothing of it, really. Yep a PTC comment would be nice, if possible. I cannot overstate that in the 80s case candy and directions with my guitars, there was nothing specific directed regarding the trem, iirc. Just directions on restringing regarding the locking tuners themselves. I basically treated the bridge the same way your treat a Stratocaster with a vintage trem. But I digress. ANYBODY from PTC that can weigh-in?I’ve done the same several times (lowering the trem to the body) before I had this one hiccup. I’m only pointing out the risk and the fix should this happen.
It would be great if someone from the PTC would chime in with some truly expert input.