So I have an Ibanez GRG250DX and I want to replace its strings. But I havent played it in a long time.
What I tried so far:
I clipped the old strings, kind of cleaned the guitar and pulled in the first string (E) like this:
I tucked the string under the bar on the left, into the groove and down to the whammy bar, into the holding mechanism. Then I tried to pluck the string, but it just clinks on the neck of the guitar.
By looking a bit more closely, I was able to find out that the string is touching the lowest fret bar and is rattling on that. It seems as if the string isnt "hovering" above the pickups and neck, but rather lies on it until like 1/2 of the necks length, where it starts to hover (pic related).
How am I supposed to get the strings hovering again? I just tried it with one string but I assume it will be the same on the others as well. There were these screws on the whammy bar which seemed to be lose so I screwed them in a bit, but it seems as if that is the problem.
As far as I can tell, the horizontal screws on the right are for holding the string, where as the vertical screws are for tuning. The screws on the left are somehow the holder of the whammy bar but seem to also affect the strings distance from the neck. When I lose the screws on the left more and more, the string starts to hover, but at the same time my whammy bar seems to get too lose. Also, when I pluck the string in a vertical (normal play) position with the guitar, it just pinches and stops, so its not even rattling.
Im sorry to bother you but I found nothing on how to deal with this on the internet and I really want to get this going.