Originally Posted by bender-freak
from what you are describing it sounds to me like you need to check and make sure there is a stabilizing screw that runs from the Hipshot plate up to the center of the "fulcrum/cross" bar. if that screw is NOT there, you will go out of tune every time you use one of the benders....guaranteed.
also, did you place two "stabilizing" screws on either side of the endpin at the baseplate? some of my Hippy equipped teles don't need those screws; couple do.
one other thing to check...make SURE the base-plate is absolutely flush/flat against the top of your guitar before you drill and install the two stabilizing screws on the end of the baseplate.
i really can't think of anything else other than these three things that could be causing your problem, except possibly binding in the nut, but even that would NOT cause the fulcrum/cross bar to move; it would just cause your "bent" strings to come back sharp. the possibly "missing" stabilizing screw i mentioned first is really the only thing i can think of that could allow that bar to move.
good luck with it.....
Thanks for the reply, I didn't install the B-Bender and the main apparatus, all I've done was put the G-Bender lever on it. I don't know how old it is.
The entirety of the Hipshot plate is held on by four screws, as well as the strap button: there is the strap button, and two screws on either side of it, about 1/2" away and a little up. They are held down solid. There are two more screws holding it down on the face of the plate, close to the end of it, close to where the bridge begins. Also held down solidly.
There is some sort of foam padding underneath the plate, I'm able to get a feeler gauge under it at the rear of the guitar, but not at the front/ bridge area of the Hipshot plate. I can't get much in there, and no matter how hard I press on it, it doesn't move. It seems to be on the guitar as well as it should be.
The crossbar that the G and B bender are attached to is only connected to the plate on either end. There is no stabilizing screw and nowhere I can see to put one in. I can't even imagine what that stabilizing screw would look like, although I've heard about it. All I have is the screw and the little washer looking clamps that take the special wrench on there.
Can anybody show me what this stabilizing screw looks like? How do I add this?
I can't find any information on Hipshot's stuff... their website is pretty unhelpful. No pictures or information that's helpful of any kind.