A guitars ability to stay in tune is more about the quality of the neck, the quality of the body, the connection, the quality of the tuners, the cut of the nut, the height of the pickups, etc.
Exactly, I agree with you. Its is the solid connection of the strings at the bridge that helps the situation.
Those loosely connected trems which are connected by springs, and are teetering on an edge do not provide the same rock solid connection as a hard tail system. And like I said, break a string, and the whole guitar goes out of tune. With a hard tail if you break a string the rest stays in tune.
This is not a personal attack on you, its my opinion on trems. They sound cool sometimes, they just do not work for me. The tuning stability is just nit there.
From the interview with Doug Irwin located here:
DI: After a while, I complete the fifth guitar for him, Wolf Jr. which was one that he never really used
much on stage or anything, it's a guitar that doesn't have a head because it has an unusual tremolo system
on it. It's a Steinberger Trans Trem, and it uses strings, it has a ball end on each end of the string. So it
didn't have a peg head on it.
SQ: What's the advantage of having the two string ends like that?
DI: Well the idea was trying to come up with a tremolo system that would actually, because the tremolo allows somebody to lower the pitch of the strings by dropping the tension on it, but hoping that this whole thing that's all spring-loaded is going to come back to exactly the same place is at best a hope.
SQ: That's a long shot.
DI: Yeah, it's a long shot, so there were people that were trying to find some way to make the tremolo system work·
SQ: Floyd Rose, for instance?
DI: Well yeah, but Floyd Rose doesn't really solve the problem. Although there are some problems that Floyd Rose does solve because it's a problem when you break a string and you got to put another string on there because they'll all hooked to the same bridge. Well once you put another string on and retune it, then all the other strings are out of tune. That was one of the things, a lot of people liked the idea of the tremolo on a guitar, but as far as using it and hoping that it came back into exact pitch was hoping a lot. Some musicians are really pretty good at making that work, but Jerry was really exacting, he had to have the notes right. It couldn't be an eighth of a note off. So he never really used the tremolo very much, but he had me build the prototype of that, to see if we could solve the problems there were.
And here is the meat of it:
but Jerry was really exacting, he had to have the notes right. It couldn't be an eighth of a note off. So he never really used the tremolo very much,
Trems are cool but inaccurate, that is pretty much a fact. Or at least a commonly held opinion. I pretty much thought that all (or most) of us Jerry influenced types held that opinion.