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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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^ Thanks for the advice:yesway:
I have heard people say that keeping your rollers clean is the key to keeping your trem in tip top shape, thanks!
Kahlers are notorious for falling out of tune after abuse, not only for the roller issue, but also because they're only a single-locking design, and the strings are only held to the trem by their own tension. When you dive them, the strings can come loose from the claws that hold them, and when you return to pitch, they might not seat properly again. With my FR guitars, I usually don't have to retune after I record a track, but the Kahlers, I almost always do. I'm sure there's a way to rectify that, but honestly, I haven't put the effort into it to learn how, as my main players have Floyd Roses, and the Kahlers have been relegated to practice axes.
Thanks! So as far as tuning stability goes they are probably closer to an PRS type trem than a OFR? If that is the case I could deal with that seeing as I am not really super hard on my trems, my main concern would be with bending as I do have a fairly heavy left hand.
Thanks for all of the advice, I am really wanting to try one out but I dont think I will be ordering my custom with one. They sound really cool but I want to own a guitar with one and experience these issues first hand before I put custom guitar kind of money down on one. Now I am tempted to buy a cheap B.C. Rich or something to test one out, thanks for all the responses:yesway:
If you've got a 22-fret neck, I've got this lovely Charvel Model 4 body with a Kahler lying around...
The only 22 fret necks I have are AANJ Wizards off of my Ibanez S540's, Charvels all have square neck pockets don't they?
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