Re: Gotoh opinions
Gotoh don't actually make an OFR as such, they make their own version.
The way everything works with floater bridges is this, in a nutshell:
OFR - Manufactured by Schaller, sold by FR.
Schaller 'OFR' - Manufactured by Schaller under license and with some modifications to the designs. The main one of these is that it has a flatter radius than the OFR, since the OFR was made for fender type necks whereas schaller make theirs for more current styles of neck like compound radius and flatter radius.
Gotoh - Manufacturers of the Edge Trems for ibanez and lots of other hardware like tuners and some other bridges and so on.
Gotoh 'OFR' - Again, manufactured under license from floyd with some modifications. The mods on the gotoh OFRs are mainly durability and materials. The gotoh materials and craftmanship are (semi-arguably) the best of ALL floyd rose trems on the market. They use brass inserts in places and their knife edges are made much harder than schallers so they need less maintenence. The 1996T is their best floyd style trem in the opinion of many builders including Suhr guitars.
So thats it in a nutshell. There are slight differences. All floyd style trems have a more 'direct' feel than any edge style trems, which can be spongier in feel. Because of this an OFR design won't gargle quite as well but it will be very slightly more stable depending on environment.
Also, its generally held that edge trems have a very 'flat' tonality, not favouring bass treble or mid, whereas the OFRs have a slightly more scooped tone,however the gotoh OFRs are said to be very flat also, with a very slight bump in the upper mids. None of these tonal changes are much at all, if you can hear them you have good ears, but they're there, so bear it in mind.