Thank you so much for your message and for taking the time to tell me about your thoughts and your experience with your JTV89! It means very much to me and is being a great help. JTV89 is available here at the local dealer while the JTV89F will require me months of waiting before it finally gets here. I was told that is can theoretically arrive here in June, but I am not sure why it would take so long and not sure what my financial situation will be like then. While, not being sure why it would take so long, I am thinking of JTV89 which I originally wanted since I always dreamt of a "Rocker-Shredder" kind of guitar, but I actually got here while I was looking for "something that sounded like Rickenbacker". And while I cannot find the one for sale here, let alone afford it, I was pleasantly surprised with the fact that I can get two of them in one guitar, along with Fenders, Gibsons, semi-hollows, acoustics and even exotic bunch of instruments. Of course, I was taken away even without trying!
The fixed bridge does not seem to be a problem to me too. Playing my Fender Squier guitar, I was using lots of tremolo, but probably just because it was present there. Then while I was playing guitars with the fixed bridge, I never actually had a problem with that and could get most sounds I wanted. So I am bit lost in the situation and try to understand if I really need it or if I can safely live without it, having tremolo effect and whammy effect in multi-effects gear, having expression pedal at my feet. Of course, not the same, but what do you think? I know, I need to explore this topic more in-depth, but once inspiration strikes, it is the only true moment when you really know what you DO need and what you DO NOT need. However, no wonder that you felt bad when Line 6 came up with JTV89F when you already had the previous version without it.
It is great that the tuning stability is satisfactory and it sounds great that it is possible to go to REAL drop D so fast without any trouble. I guess, it is not that easy and fast with the floating bridge? Am I right or wrong? Sure thing, having two guitars at hand would sound like a dream come true. But I can offer only one, so will have to think and decide if it is worth waiting or not. Probably everyone will be getting JTV89 with tremolo now, leaving their FR-less brothers standing there in the shops. But let's hope it's not the case!
I never really used much alternate tuning stuff except for the Drop D and the fact that I always tune my guitar 1/2 step down from the standard or even go lower at times because I like the tone very much and like the sound to be this way not because of the heavy distorted parts, but for the clean depth of the sound, to give it more room and atmosphere, if I dare to say so. So I am used to physically tuning my guitar lower than standard which would be a life safer in JTV's case since I could experiment with anything from standard to non-standard dropped tunings. But it seems that it will give trouble with the limitations of the technology. Maybe some more samples somewhere and someplace? It would be greatly appreciated if someone would come up with some.
Thank you again for your reply and I hope you get yourself another guitar beauty to keep you safe and happy at the gigs! Keep on rocking and stay safe!