They make a lot of sense on something like this. Without them changing strings is a real chore, and it's stable as a rock (although I can't say for sure it's because of the locking tuners, as it's always had these lockers on it, so I don't have a comparison - but I know for sure they don't hurt).
I'm not disputing that, but it doesn't really matter either. I don't reuse strings, so if a set comes off they go straight to the trash bin and a new set comes on.Locking tuners cause broken strings.
Try it. Remove, reinstall, retune the same string.
I doubt that you can do it 3 times before that crimp and bend snap the string right at the tuner.
Other than that..pretty cool.
You can buy button replacements for Sperzels and hipshot and others. You can get them in different colors, shapes, and even materials like pearloid and wood.I have no problem with a locking mechanism. These days, parts makers like Gotoh use such discreet mechanisms, while using traditional button shapes and materials, you are hard pressed to even notice the difference. What I do hate is when someone ruins the visual aesthetic of a guitar, and puts tuners on with some awkward looking buttons, like the ones Hipshot use a lot. You might as well make the buttons look like dice at that point. Ooof.
How could they possibly loosen on a guitar with a Floyd when it's locked at the nut? They're still functional on a guitar with a Floyd since all they really do is make changing strings faster, but personally I just string them backwards on my guitars with Floyds which is even faster and easier still.Function wise, on all but Floyd-style trems I find them kind of overkill...they become important when the trem moves enough to loosen the string wraps on the tuner posts enough to "unlock", otherwise most tuning problems are due to issues with the nut.
I can live with that I'm keeping birds on my PRS, and hearing my fretboard "tonewood too! Although I still can't hear the 2 wire "harness" on my LP junior.HI David (love your pedals!). That's a clever answer, but it looks like most of the responders here disagree with you.