Why not the Lo-TRS?
I recently picked up a used '99 JS100 that I've been gradually replacing all the chrome hardware with black. The '98 JS100 came with the Lo-TRS II trem and, after a LOT of research on this forum, it seemed to be universally reviled, with many people opting to replace it with a Gotoh 1996T Floyd due to the "drop-in" replacement process. I don't want to mess with routing to get an Edge to work so "drop-in" replacement is of utmost importance to me.
While monitoring eBay for a deal on a black Gotoh, I came across a used a black Ibanez Lo-TRS for a song. Again, after researching it and weeding through all the misinformation, I figured it couldn't hurt to buy it and see how it compared to the Lo-TRS II. Long story short, I couldn't be happier with it and am perplexed why the Lo-TRS gets lumped in as a junk trem with the Lo-TRS II? It is made in Japan and has a screw in arm that screws directly into the block similar to a fender trem and is completely stable, no play in the arm, and returns to the correct position after significant wammy exercising. My only complaints are that I needed to shim the saddles to match the neck radius and it does need a bigger sustain block as it sounds a little thin but I'll get that replaced in time (needs to be custom made due to the screw-in arm).
Is it's only crime sharing a common name with the Lo-TRS II? What are others real-world experiences with the Lo-TRS? I'm not looking for hearsay but actual issues I may come across because it seems like a hidden gem to me (no pun intended).
Last edited by Jamvan; 12-24-2013 at 05:27 PM.
Reason: Changed year of guitar