ok, so I have had experiences with a lo trs trem and a edge pro 2 trem and honestly i hate them both. I like to use my trem arm for vibrato and the occasional dive bomb here and there but i swear I cant make it through a song without needing to tune up if i use the arm. So i end up avoiding the arm which defeats the purpose of having a floating bridge. One guitar is an ibanez jem 555 and another is a high end ibanez prestige. I have had my guitars set up and intonized and the whole nine yards and no matter what I do these suckers cant handle any arm use without going out of tune. Please help, I have been looking at the gotoh trems and they seem nice but i don't want to swap out my trem if I"m going to have the same result. JEMSITE friends, please give me advice.
Today I saw a guy complaining about his Ibanez with locking tuners for the simple reason that it took too long to tune to an alternate tuning and back again during rehearsal. He has one guitar.
However, as for tuning stability, the Edge pretty much stayed in tune for a week at a time and this with relatively heavy playing. I have also experienced a pretty good experience with Original Floyd, Kahler, Kahler knock off, Kahler Spyder, and the Washburn Wonderbar.
I am convinced it's not the trem, as most makes stay in tune very well, but the setup. Simply take it to another tech until it's done correctly.
If you doubt the physics of virtually any locking tuner tremolo system, then spend some time gigging, practicing, and recording and then seeing how a fixed bridge guitar holds up. In a typical set of 45 minutes, I would have to tune my guitar (Fender Telecaster or Gibson Les Paul) at least three times as a lead guitarist and probably about twice in roles as rhythm guitarist and singer. Now in live cases in one 45 minute set with the least stable of locking tuners in my arsenal, the Charvel Model 3 with Kahler Spyder with locking nut behind the nut as was the case with most '80s Kahlers, I would maybe have to fiddle with 2nd or 3rd string once or so.
There's no argument whether a locking trem is more stable than fixed bridge or non locking Fender or Bigsby. But that being said, no guitar stays in tune 100 percent, even for just a 45 minute set. We deal with close enough with a guitar while playing or recording, close enough for vocals when singing, and close enough with tempo with drummer. If a guitar, singer, and drummer were perfect, it would be lifeless and sound like a computer program, no matter what instruments you used.
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