Without a trem or Bixby there's really no reason to have locking tuners. Properly strung (and there is more than one right way) decent tuners won't slip. Even mediocre tuners won't slip.
Yep, I can see that. Hey ... what the heck do I know? I've played acoustic guitars almost exclusively for the past 40 years or so ... obviously I've never missed locking tuners ... hell, I don't even know why they're used!I don't agree with that. It's been my experience that locking tuners make string changing quicker, but really have no effect on whammy tuning unless you don't know how to string conventional tuners properly. Most whammy tuning issues are the nut, not the tuners.
The Gotoh locking tuners shouldn't be any heavier than your average sealed tuner. The ones with a knob on the back (Sperzel, Schaller) probably are heavier.so the consensus is that lockers are too heavy. and some think that they don't even have an anti-slip advantage. i thought that lockers had a clear anti-slip advantage.