This is a good pole, Jono! As I said in the other thread, I've come to realize that an OFR is probably the double locking trem of choice for me. I have a 2550z, and I love it, I have no problems with the EZ, I've just realized that I value having something more standard and simple. I feel this way so far as that's probably all I'm going to consider eligible when I'm buying from now on.
So, if I saw a kick-ass Ibanez that I really wanted, and I could pay more for an original Edge, I would pay more for it. The closer to the OFR end of the "scale" the better!
How much? Maybe a couple hundred buck, give or take a hundred? Not much more than the price of a brand new German OFR.
I've asked and the only answer I get is that "Japan is in love with it, they're looking to put it on everything". It doesn't matter what any of us say or think, the only thing that will stop them [IMO] is if sales fall in the toilet and the bridge is the main reason. I've stated my case several times to the right parties, but Japan doesn't care what any of the American employees think anymore. All they want is worker bees in the US, all R&D is centered in Japan now.
Wow, I had my suspicions that the Edge Zero must be really popular in Japan, seeing as how it comes in gold on a five grand J Custom. Did they give any particular reason why they seem satisfied with it vs. the problems given around here?
My guess: they're not nearly as resistant to change as US guitarists are. We are quick to point out faults in newer stuff, they're more open to something that's engineered to be an improvement, opinions on whether this is true or not aside, of course. I could be way off since I do think that some don't have any problem with something new, they just think this particular new tremolo sucks.