Hi - I'm wondering if anyone else has encountered problems with lowering the action on the 89F.
I recently purchased an 89F, and had to have it replaced due to problems with the battery charger-cradle and USB interface. My replacement 89F appeared to have no issues, until I tried setting it up to my preferences. Though the fretwork is mostly great, the neck requires substantially-more relief than other RG-copies I've played to eliminate buzzing in the first five frets. This was the case with both guitars. That's a small gripe, though - The real problem shows itself when I lower the action. I can get the strings quite low, but the lowest the bridge humbucker sits in its route is higher than the graphtech floyd can be lowered - I don't know if this is exclusive to my guitar; as the stock pickup-mounting rings are different heights, in this case for the sake of cosmetically-hiding this issue.
The result is that, for the guitar to be playable, the action has to be high-enough up off the neck to clear the bridge pickup's polepieces. The only choices seem to be either replacing the bridge humbucker with a shorter one, modifying the stock pickup's mounts, or shimming the neck.
Now, I don't doubt that there's some variation among the production batches - Perhaps the neck pocket is deeper on some than others. But considering that the stock pickup rings are height-staggered, I'm curious to know if anyone else has had to deal with this.
Also, does anyone know why the routing for the trem prevents the owner from being able to adjust the bar tension? Was Line 6 really that paranoid that someone would stick an allen wrench up there and rip out the piezo leads?