Originally Posted by Lizardkinged
Crooner. I must disagree as there is a deeper logic behind locking tuners most people simply neglect for tradition.
Sure the bigger issue always lies @ the nut, but realistically when the nut is perfectly taken care of the instrument's string windings will settle faster and be more effective w/ locking tuners.
If you line the tuning post's string hole up so that you can pull the string straight through w/ zero wraping, Lock it, you can tune every string up and have under half a winding.
Less windings means less time for the strings to settle in and its easier to maintain a tuning stability that way. I HATE stretching out my windings around the tuning post, as it messes w/ the whole tuning of the instrument for at least 30 straight minutes.
I dont have locking tuners, because mine havn't broken yet to replace them, but when I buy new after these strip or what have you I think they're worth the investment.
You know what? I'm gonna have to concede to you on the point of less string windings. Having a couple of turns around the tuning peg does, indeed, necessitate extra stretching, but if done right strings will settle in fast, but this can be cut shorter with no windings and locking tuners. That being said, I still maintain that the idea that locking tuners is the ultimate panacea to tuning issues is an exaggeration.