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 Post subject: Wonderbar bridge setup
PostPosted: Tue Sep 16, 2014 12:00 pm 
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Even though it's not Electra, it is Japanese and I'm guessing some folks here have used them. How the heck do you do a setup on a Wonderbar? I just picked up a Washburn with one, did a string change and cleanup and I'm sorta baffled now :blush:


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PostPosted: Thu Sep 18, 2014 5:14 am 
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Wow! NOBODY has ever done a setup on one of these??? I woulda lost that bet.


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PostPosted: Thu Sep 18, 2014 10:12 am 
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I have seen them and am sure I have played a couple over the years, but I never set one up. So I DON'T KNOW.

There is a thread that either has instructions, a .PDF file they keep talking about, or someone on the thread might send you one. It is a LONG thread from the washburn forum. Good luck!

http://forums.washburn.com/index.php/topic,5618.15.html?PHPSESSID=61760h17kralvs36vhl9lk19h1

Here is some more stuff:

https://www.google.com/search?q=washburn+wonderbar+setup&espv=2&biw=1889&bih=867&tbm=isch&imgil=eyPlz38-qzRL5M%253A%253BFn1NoYRsI7P9AM%253Bhttp%25253A%25252F%25252Fwww.washburnwonderbar.com%25252F&source=iu&pf=m&fir=eyPlz38-qzRL5M%253A%252CFn1NoYRsI7P9AM%252C_&usg=__YisUqyTUT3yNbuVqMfFG3cdt-nc%3D&ved=0CDgQyjc&ei=Hh8bVK6CFdCoyASe94HgDA#facrc=_&imgdii=_&imgrc=eyPlz38-qzRL5M%253A%3BFn1NoYRsI7P9AM%3Bhttp%253A%252F%252Fwww.washburnwonderbar.com%252FWashburn_Install_Instructions_2_of_3.jpeg%3Bhttp%253A%252F%252Fwww.washburnwonderbar.com%252F%3B3300%3B2550

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PostPosted: Thu Sep 18, 2014 2:44 pm 
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That stuff is like all the stuff I have, all installation instructions. Nothing on how to do a string change and setup. This thing is like the Cadbury secret, not even Washburn knows! To set up a Floyd or Strat, I'd just put shims in the bridge, tighten strings, then tighten claw screws till shims fall out. For the life of me I cannot figure this thing out. I tune the strings and the bridge ends up on a 45 degree angle...grrrrrrrrr.


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PostPosted: Thu Sep 18, 2014 5:32 pm 
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this isn't it? It says how to adjust drop and pull up - maybe one of those? I really don't have a clue but would like to help. Maybe could figure out if I had one here (but hey, you are very experienced).

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PostPosted: Thu Sep 18, 2014 6:14 pm 
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Let's not get crazy. I'm self taught somewhat proficient ...but this is strange and different...LOL. All I could find on this, yes I have this one, is #9 is supposed to control fore & aft...but it doesn't seem to. Might be defective, but it worked fine until I took the strings off.


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PostPosted: Thu Sep 18, 2014 7:31 pm 
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AHA! That diagram is the key Thorny, I just needed you to slap me upside the head. The number 6 allen key is the, ahem, key. That seems to be the spring tensioner. I just tightened it up full and good to go.


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PostPosted: Thu Sep 18, 2014 7:32 pm 
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Good deal!

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PostPosted: Thu Sep 18, 2014 8:07 pm 
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I was focused on number 9 screw and frustrated it did nothing. LOL


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PostPosted: Sat Sep 20, 2014 5:49 am 
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All that said, it seems like a good trem. Very different feel but seems to stay in tune very nicely.


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PostPosted: Thu Sep 25, 2014 8:48 am 
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Is it anything like a Kaler? I have seen that type but never set one. My wish list has an Expoler copy with that.

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PostPosted: Fri Oct 03, 2014 10:47 pm 
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Looks to be very similar to a Kahler but the wonderbar requires no routing at all. The thing stays in tune better than any trem I've played! Colour me a fan. This Washburn guitar however outweighs the les paul I just sold. Easily 12 pounds, maybe more.


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