I think for the majority of average users the EZ is "good enough", hence I voted yes. But maybe for the more professional guitarist maybe not given it's made in China?
Correct. If the poll were "as good as X" or "the same as Y", that would be one thing. "Good enough"? Yes, it is good enough...with some caveats.
I'm becoming reacquainted with the Original Floyd Rose lately and I am amending what I might have said before; the OFR is a better tremolo in terms of feel and actually setting up the guitar. When I look at the rear route, it is comforting to see a similar set of springs and claw to the Fenders I "grew up" using as opposed to the hyper-engineered Edge Zero. The whole package is elegant and just "makes sense" when I look at it as a whole.
If the Edge/Lo Pro/Edge Pro are anything like the OFR, then yes, chances are they are better as well. However, as of now, I'm kinda bothered by *any* sort of Edge bridge, no matter how good they are. If I want a double locking trem, I'm going to only consider guitars that have OFR or at the very least allow for one as a drop-in replacement. I look at all the manufacturers that use an actual Floyd Rose and can't help but scratch my head a bit at Ibanez. Its sort of like buying a Compaq or Gateway vs. building your own PC: do you want standard, off the shelf stuff or proprietary hardware that you can't just buy anywhere (HINT: I build my own PCs
)? I would much rather have a reliable, easy to replace bridge that is a well-known standard than a proprietary piece of hardware. I can go to half a dozen places, Warmoth and the like, and load my shopping cart with them. I appreciate Ibanez's attempt to improve it, but IMO, it doesn't really need any!
Anyway, the Edge Zero is perfectly fine. It can do everything the OFR can, except maybe flutter (if that even matters to you) despite not being quite as elegant and simple. If they aren't picky, I'd say the average guitarist who wants a "Floyd" will be satisfied. I would *highly* suggest that someone should play an Ibanez equipped with the EZ side-by-side with an Edge Pro or OFR before they decide, however. That should go without saying.