Bends are a big part of my playing. Here's my info:
I play blues.
I bend up in whole steps and lower, pushing the top three strings up.
I use GHS cryogenic 9s that I like a lot.
I just replaced my string trees with graphic and noticed a good difference.
I have brass compensated saddles.
I have a plastic nut that I haven't experimented with.
Maple neck MIK Tele.
I'm not knowledgable about tuning heads, so I've left these alone.
I used to break the high E a lot, but the cryogenic strings fixed that.
My tuning holds up OK, but could be better.
I sometimes have trouble zeroing in on pitch when tuning. Not sure if this is due to the tuning heads or the nut (I've used pencil lead in it, but otherwise no experimentation yet).
Here's a recent video of my playing: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tq6Ni0_yIy8
Ideas for experimenting with nuts? Tuning gears?