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Offline .malva

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« on: May 16, 2009, 01:29:09 PM »
Greetings from Greece:) I have a technical problem with my refined Parker Fly Deluxe. I want to setup the bridge to fixed, so I can detune to dropped D quickly without detuning the rest, but i can't understand from the Parker Manual and i'm afraid that I'll do permanent damage to my guitar if I try to do so. I have 10 string gauge. Thanks.


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« Reply #1 on: May 17, 2009, 04:47:47 AM »
First your step-stop needs to be down in the "home" position preventing upbends. Tuning down to D results in less string pull and the spring is pushing harder anyway. So that shouldn't matter at all and if you play tuned to D most of the time I doubt you need any further adjusting. Without the trem arm in that's usually enough for a fixed bridge feel. You won't really affect the other strings when bending (like when using a Floyd Rose).

In case of bends having a slight effect on the other strings, especially with standard tuning (more string pull) and to get it even more stable and "fixed" you can tighten the balance wheel, thus adding more spring pressure against the step-stop. Two revolutions (as described in the manual) should do the trick nicely. Just carefully look at the diagram in the manual for a minute more. Remember you'd have to reset that adjustment if you needed the bridge back in floating mode again.

I don't really see any source of damage as long as you don't over-tighten the balance wheel (which could result in damaging the spring). I dare to say that with the trem arm out and the step-stop down it feels enough like fixed bridge for most players (especially tuned to D) plus the bonus of not needing any further adjustments.

Hope I could help a bit.

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« Last Edit: May 17, 2009, 04:50:50 AM by Nefarius »

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« Reply #2 on: May 17, 2009, 05:11:07 AM »
Nef explained it greatly. Briefly, put the Step-stop in Fixed position, then tighten the Balance wheel to the point in which open strings do not detune while bending other strings. Just be sure NOT to over tighten it, but if you follow the directions you should do real fine.

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« Reply #3 on: May 17, 2009, 07:12:26 AM »
Thanks:)

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