Post by nickwellings on Feb 22, 2011 14:12:01 GMT -5
I was restringing my HM with fancy pants coloured strings, made by DR, going from 9s to 10s.
I thought to myself that whilst the strings were off I'd adjust the action a very tiny bit lower. So I turned the E side tuner down maybe 1/4 turn, restrung and retuned, locked up and played for a minute, with light dives.
I decided to just do a lovely deep divebomb for the hell of it and hear a huge "KA-DUNK!" and a violent jolt in the HM. I turn it over, thinking that the trem anchor has popped out or something.
But no! The trem itself had popped off the mounting post on the E side. My divebomb had basically unseated the trem, as it was set too low, and the baseplate rubbed against the body, and popped the trem up off the post.
The end result was this:
A large paint chip, but worse of all, the basswood body took a big hit and now is indented about 2mm in from where it used to be.
So, be careful with that Spyder: Don't go too low!
Post by stratznhatz on Feb 22, 2011 14:35:55 GMT -5
Wow, what a shame. I had a similar incident with my Kramer the day I bought it. I lowered the action a touch and the floyd hit the body the first time I went for it. Luckily didn't pop out though and no damage was caused, I've since shimmed the neck slightly to give a greater angle, thus lowering the action while keeping the trem off the body.
Thanks for sharing this, it may prevent someone else doing the same. Hope the damage isn't too hard to repair Nick.
Hayfever- God's way of telling me not to mow the lawn.....
Post by nickwellings on Feb 22, 2011 15:48:52 GMT -5
The sad thing is, the action was amazing right before the incident! I shoved it up a touch as I said. I can't see a way of repairing it frankly so it'll just have to be part of the character of the guitar. It is beaten to hell, sadly. My poor guitars...I treat 'em rough, see.
Good news is, I the paint chipped off in one huge piece so I can probably glue it right back on!