The Gotoh Floyd Rose® Licensed Locking Tremolo is an amazing unit. It takes what Floyd Rose originally designed and takes it to that next step. What makes it even better is that it is cheaper than the Original Floyd Rose and Schaller models.
Gotoh have built their version of the Floyd Rose with hardened steel plate and saddles, and a lower profile tail piece than the original Floyd Rose. This results in great tone and sustain, comfortable playability, and the knife edges wont wear out quickly like a lot of the licensed models out there.
A brass sustain block also helps the Gotoh unit achieve a strong cutting tone, and I believe that it also adds to the sustain of the guitar.
The Gotoh variant also offers superior tuning stability due to their locking studs. These are just like the Ibanez Edge and Lo Pro Edge ones found on classic Ibanez guitars (Gotoh actually manufactured these Ibanez trems).
The icing on the cake so to speak is the design of the internally threaded trem arm. I believe Gotoh’s design is by far the best out there. No screwing in the arm, and it coming loose after some use, the Gotoh has a holder with a grub screw designed to tighten or loosen the grip on the thread-less trem arm. this ensures minute, precise adjustments to suit your playing style, and the trem bar will stay as you like it for far longer than the other designs.
All in all, the Gotoh Floyd Rose® Licensed Locking Tremolo offers the best value for money. It gives you rock solid tuning stability, and fantastic cutting tone and sustain for less money than the original. It truly is an evolution.
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