Help! Stiff Bar!

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  1. I am the Liquor

    I am the Liquor Member

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    I've got a Peavey Wolfgang Special. It has a licensed Floyd Rose (Korea). It is not a floating term, but is set up to dive only.

    I would like to know what, if anything I can do about the stiff bar action. Its like wrestling with an alligator. It is my 80's guitar which I use for that era's music that our band covers. Its a decent guitar with hot pups but the bar wrestling is harshing my buzz. I use 9-42's.

    Any help would be appreciated. I've thought about changing springs to a lighter spring if that's possible. Right now I'm using two springs in the typical v shape configuration.
     
  2. ef_in_fla

    ef_in_fla Member

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    Start lifting weights?
     
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  3. JeffK

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    If the stiffness lasts more than 4 hours...

    ...wrong thread.


    As you've already suggested, changing springs is the only thing I can think of that might help with what your describing.
     
  4. Mikhael

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    Yep. Change springs, maybe, or put those two straight instead of a V configuration. Also, maybe adjust the tension (the "claw" that the springs are attached to) so that the bridge is just BARELY resting on the body of the guitar. That should ease the tension somewhat.
     
  5. sshan25

    sshan25 Supporting Member

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    I have been stiff in a bar. I've met stiffs in a bar. I have not had a stiff bar in a bar. If I had though, I agree with those above who say start with the springs.
     
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    You beat me - ha ha ha - to it ;)
     
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    back the claw out a little. Or use heavier strings. Or both.

    Other than that, I suppose maybe those "raw-vintage" springs might be softer?
     
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    I came in here for the jokes and was not disappointed.
     
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  9. TheoDog

    TheoDog Silver Supporting Member

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    Just play Mustang Sally, they will loosen up.

    No really, back out the claw to right before the bridge lifts to float.
     
  10. I am the Liquor

    I am the Liquor Member

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    Thanks for the helpful advice. Backed off the claw and that did the trick.
     
  11. monty

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    Glad you got it sorted out. I was going to add another suggestion- get a longer bar. I had the same thing with my Wolfgang and swapped bars with another Floyd I have laying around which was longer and it plays easier.
     

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