#1
I've got about $1200 to spend on a guitar and I find myself playing a lot of metal lately and wishing I had a locking tremolo for dive bombs and the like. But I've heard a lot of stories about how much of a pain getting a guitar with a locking tremolo to stay in tune and stuff is. Is that only true for lower-end guitars or all around?
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#2
it's more work, but if you use the trem a lot it's worth it, kind of thing. you'll more than likely get used to it, too (the extra work).
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#3
Locking trems are Gods at staying in tune...it's just changing tunings or re-tuning that is a pain in the ass...It can totally screw with your action.
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#4
Leave the backplate off & have a screwdriver handy & I really don't think it's that much harder than tuning a fixed bridge, maybe slightly longer, but worth it for the length of time it stays in tune, & all those crazy noises.
#6
Floating double-locking tremolos can be a lot of work, however if it's well set up the tuning stability will be fantastic. Some things to be aware of...

1.) Strings will have to be stretched considerably when re-stringing. Most are aware of this, but aren't quite aware how much stretching they actually have to do. When the string has just been locked into position and has yet to be tightened, pull the string away from the guitar neck/body along it's length. When all strings are replaced, tune up. Then start stretching the strings as you did when the strings were loose. You'll notice that the notes strings will go flat. It's necessary to keep retuning and stretching until there is no noticeable drop in pitch. This is time consuming, and strings that aren't completely stretched will give near perfect return to pitch from a dive, but not so from a pullup.

2.) If you should have intonate the bridge, it will be infuriating. The intonation position of a saddle changes with tremolo angle, and the tremolo angle will change with a change in the saddles porition also. This can be a very difficult effect to balance out over 6 strings. The only tremolo I'm aware of that does not suffer from this problem is the Ibanez ZR, though that tremolo has several other limitations.

3.) Changing tunings isn't really feasible, as again the tremolo angle and intonation positions will shift slightly.

Ensuring the absolute optimum performance and tuning stability will be time consuming.
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#7
Of course it is. Just less because you don't have to tune as much.
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