Locking Trem and 007's?
I have had a neverending LOATHING for being out of tune when playing, for all of my guitar playing life.
I've tried just about EVERY bridge out there-- Floyd Rose, Gibraltar, Vintage Strat Trems, Licensed Floyds, PRS/Mann-Made, Gotoh, 3 Barrel Tele bridges, Wilkies, on and on. Some nearly perfect, but none staying perfectly in tune for more than 2 days tops. (I played CONSTANTLY).
I recently had an Evertune bridge installed on my Strat, because it was advertised as basically never going out of tune.
The bridge lived up to the hype, but ONLY if I use 009 gauge string sets or larger. If I use 009's, no problem with tuning, ever!
However, the problem is that I really need to use 007's because of tendon problems!
So now I am stuck in analysis paralysis.....I want to buy a new 24 fret guitar (like an Ibanez, hint hint!!), and I can either put an Evertune in it, and it will never go out of tune, but it will be really uncomfortable to do bends with 009's, OR, I can get something with an Edge/Lo Pro/ZR trem . These WILL be comfy to do bends on, because I can use 007's on them, but the question is, will these bridges stay in tune with 007's?
Is it asking too much of a locking trem to stay in tune with 007's?
I remember years ago playing on guitars with Floyds using 009's, and they needed to be fine tuned maybe every few days, but weren't a problem at all keeping in tune. I don't do double stops, or any country style licks.
If I go with using 007's on a double locking trem, will I need to fine tune just as often as any other bridge since the strings are so thin?
Most recently, I was using the Frudua tuning method, where after playing big bends and solos, I would dip the bar, and be back in tune. But it's kind of a hassle, that's why I was looking again into locking trems after so many years.
The Evertune would have been perfect for me, but even the creator Cosmos Lyle told my luthier that the bridge isn't ready to handle such light gauge strings and work reliably (yet) from an engineering standpoint. He was truly surprised it didn't work with 007's despite having built a custom low-tension string module for me.
So, if anyone has any experience playing super light strings on a double locking system, please share your experiences with me.