Originally Posted by Johnny Footstool
For sure, the stability and sound of locking tuners is great. Unfortunately, you pay the price when you change the strings. And if a string breaks while you're on stage, you'd better have a backup guitar.
So true, Johnny. But one minor advantage to locking tuners is you can use that same broken string again (if you still have enough of the string left wrapped around your tuning peg). Non-locking tuners mean a broken string is forever broken and never again usable. But if the string broke once, it probably needed changed anyhow!
And Johnny is probably also referring to every other string instantly going WWWWWAAAAAAYYYYY out of tune when one of the strings breaks on a locking system. It'll take you 5 minutes minimum to get the whole thing back in tune after fixing or replacing the broken string. And regardless of the type of tuners, you should always have a backup guitar on stage at all times! May not use it, but you will need it if it is not there. Like driving without a spare tire... rest assured, you'll run over something and need it when it is not there.
I used to play only locking tuners. Now I refuse to buy one. Might be my age or the fact that the 80's are so far gone!