Sometimes I'm dense. Other times I'm really dense, but hey, look! A squirrell!
When you read that the problem with an unstable double locking trem is likely you
, really take a look at yourself. When I read that I'd have to stretch the strings during the setup, I had no idea what would be involved. I've been a fixed bridge guy for the longest time and a decked trem man at best.
I changed the strings on my S days ago and the thrill has been gone just as long. I thought I had stretched them out well enough - and I did by my standards, but it was only when I spent about 3 minutes on each string aggressively stretching them that I was able to get it right. As per Rich's tech article, once you can stretch them twice while maintaining pitch, you can move on.
I found that even light use of the trem was all it took to throw it back out, but I remembered a jar of synthetic machine gun grease that I had in the closet. I coated the stud and knife edges with it and now it's just fantastic! The guitar came with locking studs, so that makes things a touch more secure.
It boggles the mind that I can absolutely abuse the strings with no fear of retribution - not even a spring creaks in defiance. This is such an enjoyable guitar to play with 10 ga strings. I just fear the day I break a string live! Sweet mercy. That's why I've got Al Green to back me up. How do you guys cope with that live?