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Opinons on Kahler's

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Hopefully within the next 6 months or so I will be able to afford my next custom order (BRJ Jekyll 727S) and I have really been tempted to opt for a Kahler trem. I have only been able to play one guitar with one a Peavey PDX and I was unable to really mess with it because it was locked down in hardtail mode, but the profile felt awesome and it seems like it is the swiss army knife of trems. I love how you can lock your trem without a T-no and the fact that you match the saddles the the radius of your fretboard without having to deal with shim's like on an OFR. My only concern is it seems like many people complain the they completely drain your guitars sustain and after watching a video on YouTube it seems like they tend to go out of tune after heavy bending. So i guess my question is does anyone have experience a with Kahler , and do they have any issues that have driven you away from them?
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The biggest thing you can do to combat the return to pitch problem is tin your ball ends with solder. This locks the windings in place, and makes them less likely to stretch/contract with use.

I think the bridges are more stable than anything that is not a Floyd, but remember that they will not respond like a fulcrum (Strat, Floyd, PRS, Wilkinson, Hipshot, etc) trem. I like the smooth feel, but to some people, it is a non-starter.

The Achilles heel is absolutely the saddles and string retainers. They are made out of soft steel, rather than the hardened stuff the baseplate and trem are made out of. I've seen them literally disintegrating on old Charvel/Jacksons. Matt really understated the importance of keeping them cleaned and oiled. Sweat is the death of them.
Before the company re-emerged, I used to buy old Kahlers for parts on E-bay all the time. It was the only way to keep my Soloist up and running.
^ :agreed:
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