Ibanez RG 320 DX QM floyd rose tension messed up

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  1. Kyleb1130

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    Hello,
    I own an Ibanez RG 320 DX QM six string guitar that i got a few years ago. I had it setup tuned to Drop B with a set of Ernie Ball Beefy Slinky 54-11 gauge strings. They set it up for me at the guitar shop because i have no idea what i am doing haha. Like i said, i had it setup to Drop B and i was going to try to detune it to Drop A without messing things up. I searched a youtube video that i watched first then tried to do and somehow something went wrong. The images i attached explains just about everything. I want to tune it to Drop D and so if someone could explain to me or point me in the right direction with a video or tutorial, i would greatly appreciate it. If any other images are needed or any further explanation is needed, please comment.

    - Thank you for your time:metal:
     

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    Well it looks to me, if you have your guitar tuned to where you want it at this point, that you need more spring tension in the back cos the claw is all the way screwed in, and your bridge still tilts forward.

    So you can try aligning the springs like /l\ instead of l l l like you have it now, or you can buy newer springs as these might have lost tension over the years. There's also high tension springs with even more tension too (guess that's redundant but w/e).

    The whole thing with floating bridges is balancing the tension of the strings with the springs in the back so the bridge floats level.
     
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    Are you looking to tune to drop D with a 54-11 gauge set? The bridge tilting forward while under full tension from the claw side shows that you have far too much tension for 3 springs.

    Tuning E standard with a standard set of 10-46 would normally require 4 springs (or a different method as above) so you're going to need to re-assess your string gauge to make it easy on yourself. I would recommend getting a set of 10-46/48 and maybe an additional spring, then following the article outlined above. It is a PITA to learn but worth it once you get there you can do it in 20-30 minutes.
     

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