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Xtender with locking tuners - worth it or waste of time?
Old 14th March 2014
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Xtender with locking tuners - worth it or waste of time?

I'm spec'ing a Strat-style guitar from Warmoth. The plan is to route the body for a non-recessed trem, then deck it so I can still use the trem for dives and subtle downward vibrato, while retaining most of the tuning stability of a hardtail (I'll also be using a black Tusq nut which is graphite-impregnated for extra lubrication).

Warmoth offers Schaller mini-locking tuners; in fact they're the only ones Warmoth offers that have the key profile of modern Strats (yes, I can go elsewhere to buy tuners with the key style I like; it's just convenient). I'm planning on getting them; however, somewhat of a conflicting item on my wish list is a Hipshot Xtender. If you haven't seen these, they have a lever that rotates the entire tuning machine a preset amount, allowing you to go from standard to drop-D in nothing flat. As I do a lot of cover work, and this Strat build has a lot of other bells and whistles to make the axe capable of being the only one I have to take to such gigs, it's very tempting.

However, Hipshot doesn't make a locking-tuner version of the Xtender; not sure why, probably for a variety of cost-benefits reasons on their end, maybe the pricepoint of the resulting tuner would be prohibitive.

The question for the gallery is, if I get the Xtender, would it still be worthwhile overall to have the other tuners be locking? Are locking tuners worthwhile at all? I think the answer to both is yes; I still get to lock down the other five strings, so if the E slips out of tune that's the only one I have to fiddle with. But, there will still be tuning problems, as there will be with any guitar on which you're cranking string tension up and down while playing. It might be better to not have locking tuners so it's easy to get the thing back in tune after sawing on the trem.
Old 19th March 2014
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0 for 134, wow. Nobody wants to weigh in on this?
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