Thanks Thomas. I remember seeing this on his channel FruduaTV many years ago. The strat I bought is Traditional '70s Stratocaster® Ash in natural and it came with 8s on it from the owner. The previous owner never really played it and was under his bed. So its in mint condition.
I haven’t changed the strings yet and this is the first time I’m playing 8s. It feels different. Currently, it goes out of tune (g string mainly) on using the tremolo (and sometimes otherwise). I reckon that my heavy handed approach is also pulling it out of tune as I’m not used to the lighter gauge. The tremolo unit definitely requires a setup and I will be doing a basic setup soon. The strings are also old which probably contributes to tuning instability.
I will be changing the strings to 10s and so this prompted the whole search for a relatively stable tremolo unit. Also I’m quite curious of the new developments in tremolo units offered by various companies and would like to get feedback from people having used it in the real world. Some of these tremolo units are quite expensive and I don’t want to spend a lot of money based on marketing hype from manufacturers. They all claim to offer greater tuning stability At this stage, I just doing some more research and haven’t committed to buying a new tremolo unit. There may not be any reason to switch after a proper setup.
As mentioned above, I don’t use it that often but now that I have a strat I wouldn’t mind exploring the tremolo a bit more musically.