I got a surprisingly decent MIK S270. The woodwork is impeccable, except shoddy finshing in the cavities (wait... no, it's not shoddy: there is NO finish there!). Beautiful oil-finished mahogany. After a bit of butchering (change of PUs and electronics, shielding, grounding, etc) she plays beautifully and sounds as good as any guitar I've played. So a guitar that was destined to be a project eventually turned into a keeper.
It's just hard to get a very low action (under 15mm) without buzz, but I do think that's the trem: neck is straight as an arrow and there's minimal fretwear. It's very unstable, so it's hard to find the truss rod-trem height-spring tension balance. This takes me to the matter at hand: the trem.
It's a TRS505 single-locking, which is to say, the only use I can find for it is to beat Mr. Hoshino on the head with it (not that it would do too much damage
It's actually NOT the worst trem I've played (heck, I paid 120 bucks for the guitar, can't complain!). Intonation is dead on and it stays in tune (audibly) when used gently (which is OK for me, I'm not Vai). On a good day, I can even do the odd dive bomb
. However, I need more reliability.
Here are my options:
1. Get an Original Floyd Rose. Is it worth it? Has anyone tried this on a guitar of similar quality?. This axe does look very solid, but I would like an expert opinion.
2. Get a Tremsetter while I save up for the OFR. Would it make a big difference, since the trem is single-locking? Has anyone tried with this trem?
3. Install a TremStop. Problem is, I don't want to deface the guitar (yes, it IS that beautiful). Plus, I do use the bar for slow vibrato. Likewise for blocking the trem with wood.
4. Go over to Japan and hit Mr. Hoshino with it. Considering the thing would break in the attempt, it wouldn't do much damage and I could afford the lawsuit compensation.