Is an Ibanez zero system lockable?

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    Hey guys! I’ve been looking around into this issue and can’t come to a conclusion. As a sort of moving out gift to myself I’m deciding to nab a new guitar. I’m a huge Ibanez fanboy and was curious if the zero point system is capable of being blocked/locked into place? There’s a lot of beautiful models that have this trem system, and while not a fan of floting trems when floating, I love the locking and tuning stability they provide when in a solid position. Thanks!
     
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    No. Most of the “zero”-designated Ibanez trems can’t even accept tremel-nos without essentially retrofitting a standard trem claw and springs in place of the stock parts.

    The ZPS is a stop-bar and extra set of springs that act as a removable “stabilizer” for keeping the trem in tune. Perhaps someone here has modified theirs to act as a dive-only block, but it’s not its intended function. If anyone has invented or modified a blocking system for it, I’d be very interested.
     
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    Ok that clears things up quite a bit, thanks! It’s a real shame because I love the look of the RGs with maple boards but they almost always come with a zero system.
     
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    It functions by the same principle as standard trems; and can be locked by the same - It’s just that no one’s deemed it worth manufacturing an unofficial lock for a propriety trem that gets tweaked every other iteration. I’ve lusted after that “Woody” Jem ever since it was announced - If I ever get one, I’ll likely retrofit a simple straight barrel bolt door lock to replace the ZPS with, for dive-only function.
     
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    It’s also a bong.
     
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    The newer versions without the thumbwheel can be blocked like any other floating trem.
     
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    Which wouldn’t be the ZPS which would mean that has nothing to do with the ops question.
     
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    For the older ones, you could cut a precisely shaped piece of wood and slack off the springs completely. Cheers!
     
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    I always thought the Vai models with the ez2 had the regular 3 spring claw setup, and presumably the same block?
     
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    ...And this is what I meant by “tweaked every other variation.”
     

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