My Strat has locking tuners. The past few times when I have taken it to the luthier he has wrap the string aroung the tuners, even though it has locking tuners. I ask him why he does it that way. Now take this into account, he is a Jazz Guitarist. He is 75 and has tons of experience. He lives in the New York area. He answer was as he shook his head "They are always trying to invent something, where is was working perfectly before" He also said, I don't trust the locking tuners, and the guitar will stay in tune better with the strings wrap around the tuner. I agree with him. You can do both and have the best of both worlds.