asked this question on 05-11-2021 at 11:13 AM
05-11-2021 at 11:14 AM
"In what sense? The strat would probably go out of tune if you dive bomb. Floyd Rose offers way more tuning stability but the initial setup/restringing is more cumbersome. My local guitar tech charges more to setup a Floyd Rose." - [SlickRickDARULA]
Different people will have different opinions on what they find easier to play, but I think for bends specifically a hardtail guitar (in this case the Tele) will require less strength than one with a vibrato (the Strat). That's because some of the force you put into a bend will go towards moving the bridge slightly, and will require a little more force to complete the bend. Of course, you can use lighter strings (ie 8s) on either guitar for easier bends.
A lot of people find a Strat body more ergonomic to play, especially sitting down, so if you chose to get that you can make bends easier a few ways:
1) lighter/thinner strings as mentioned,
2) get a luthier / guitar tech (or learn yourself) to "block" the vibrato bridge so it can't move,
3) put 5 springs on the vibrato bridge (most Strats come with 3 installed and 2 extra) and/or lower the bridge so it's pressed against the body.