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The ZPS3 (or Zero Point System 3) is a tuning stabilizer which is used in conjunction with some Ibanez double locking tremolo bridges. These include the ZR, ZR2, Edge Zero and Edge Zero II tremolos. The ZPS3 was introduced in 2008 along with the ZR2.

The ZPS consists of a metal bar attached to a pair of springs. It is installed in the tremolo cavity outboard of the usual tremolo springs. The purpose of the ZPS is to help the tremolo to return consistently to the "zero-point" or neutral position. The zero point is the position at which the tension exerted by the instrument's strings is balanced by the tension of the tremolo springs with no pressure on the tremolo arm and the strings in tune.

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The ZPS system also facilitates simpler set-up of the tremolo and easier string changes. Ibanez claims that the ZPS prevents the other strings from falling out of tune if a single string should break while playing, but a look at the design and personal experience shows that this claim is overblown. Should the user want the tremolo to function as a fully floating trem with more ability to "flutter" when it is returning to its stable position, the ZPS system can be removed.

The ZPS3 is made of duralumin which is a strong but lightweight alloy of aluminum and copper.

The ZPS3 was preceded by the ZPS. Since its introduction other variants including the ZPS2 and ZPS3Fe have been produced.

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