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    PSR SE Custom 24 - Losing tune when using tremolo

    Hi,

    My PRS SE Custom 24 gets out of tune when I use my tremolo bar, but after a few bends it goes back. That said, I am assuming that the problem is not with the tuners, it is with the floating bridge.
    I read somewhere that I should add the 5th spring to the bridge, and this would fix my problem.

    Could you guys confirm that to me?


    Thanks!

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    I have the tremolo bar off of my SE Custom 24 and Santana, as I really do not use it.
    But from what I have read, it could be your nut needs filing or replaced, as it could be pinching the string.
    Many have put on the Tusq nuts.

    http://prsguitars.com/forum/showthre...eplacement-Nut


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    Lube your nut slots...i bet that will do the trick

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    i use chapstick...works great

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    Cool, I will try lubing it then! Thanks!

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    nut filing is very painful.
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    A friend told me to use a sharpened pencil, as graffiti is a good "luber"... What do you think?

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    Quote Originally Posted by godoy.rafa View Post
    A friend told me to use a sharpened pencil, as graffiti is a good "luber"... What do you think?
    You don't want to go anywhere near your guitar with Graffiti, lol!

    Joking aside, pencil graphite is what I use to good effect, but the other products mentioned will also do the trick.

    Hopefully just a bit of lube in the slots is all you'll need but you may still need to have the slots looked at or a new nut.

    Make sure you stretch the strings in once you've changed them too!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mikegarveyblues View Post
    You don't want to go anywhere near your guitar with Graffiti, lol!
    kkk sorry about the mispelling, I am brazilian!

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    Quote Originally Posted by godoy.rafa View Post
    kkk sorry about the mispelling, I am brazilian!
    No problem

    The pencil method works well. You only need a little in the slot... Just enough so you have a coating of the graphite. With the treble slots, particularly the B and Highe E, you may need to use a sharp knife to make a fine edge on the pencil tip to get it into the slots.
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    Just got the SE custom 24, I cannot for the life of me get it to stay in tune when using tremelo. Checked all factory adjustments and they are fine. Tried pencil in the nut, didin;t work. What about vaseline or 3 in 1 oil? Havewnt tried those yet, honestly, my bridge is creaking and I think that is the problem. I put a bit of 3 and 1 on the bridge screws like it recommends at prs, didn;t work.
    Last edited by toodamnhip; 12-28-2013 at 08:42 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by toodamnhip View Post
    Just got the SE custom 24, I cannot for the life of me get it to stay in tune when using tremelo. Checked all factory adjustments and they are fine. Tried pencil in the nut, didin;t work. What about vaseline or 3 in 1 oil? Havewnt tried those yet, honestly, my bridge is creaking and I think that is the problem. I put a bit of 3 and 1 on the bridge screws like it recommends at prs, didn;t work.
    See my reply in the "tech center" thread, but basically the SE CU24 is setup with 9s from the factory. If you've put 10s on it the strings may be binding in the nut slots and I don't think lubing will help.
    So many guitars So little money

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    I replaced the tuners on my Santana SE with Grover 406N's. I filed the nut slots and lubed them: No luck, the tuning problems continued. Adding the locking Grovers fixed the tuning problem instantly.

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    Did you put larger strings on your guitar. Comes with .009. If you put 10s or larger on could have binding at nut. Also check to see if the trem is floating correctly. Pitching too far forward or backward.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vrdyer View Post
    Did you put larger strings on your guitar. Comes with .009. If you put 10s or larger on could have binding at nut. Also check to see if the trem is floating correctly. Pitching too far forward or backward.
    I put 10's on mine after I put the new tuners on it.

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