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Lightweight replacement for Fender Schaller 2 pin tuners

Discussion in 'Tele-Technical' started by Jackadder, Sep 15, 2017.

  1. Jackadder

    Jackadder Tele-Meister

    381
    Jun 12, 2014
    West Australia
    Built a '72 Deluxe that has a severe neck dive problem. The neck was deliberately chunky for first assembly, and I have since (today) slimmed it down somewhat, but while the Tru-oil is drying I was wondering if replacing the tuners might also aid in re-balancing this beast.

    Tuners installed were these Fender (Schaller) 2 pin jobs, which I really like, but is there a similar, lighter weight, reliable replacement?

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  2. tessting1two

    tessting1two Tele-Meister

    265
    Apr 13, 2014
    Southern California
    About the only direct replacement for the 2 pin Schallers are the Kluson Contemporary series but there's not going to be much of a weight savings, if any. The Hipshot Classic Open and Sperzel Open-back tuners are probably the lightest available but both of those use different mounting schemes.

    You could probably achieve much of the same weight savings just by switching to plastic or wood knobs on your existing tuners. But with all that said guitar tuner weight just doesn't affect balance as much as say bass tuners do.

    http://www.kluson.com/contemporary-diecast.html

    http://www.sperzel.com/housing-styles.php

    https://hipshotproducts.com/collect.../products/classic-open-guitar-tuning-machines
     

  3. Jackadder

    Jackadder Tele-Meister

    381
    Jun 12, 2014
    West Australia
    Thanks for the reply. Was up against it from the start, weight-wise, with the heavy timbers I used for the neck & fretboard and the big CBS strat headstock....might look into plastic knobs, though.
     

  4. 61fury

    61fury Tele-Afflicted

    Aug 28, 2009
    knoxville, TN
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  5. RLee77

    RLee77 Friend of Leo's

    May 15, 2016
    Silicon Valley
    Tuner weight can affect balance a lot, but whether replacing them will make a significant difference depends on the weight of your current tuners. I put some heavy (1/2 lb total) fender locking tuners on my in-progress tele build and I'm worried I might have the same problem when it's done.

    A few links that might have useful info:
    http://www.tdpri.com/threads/locking-tuners-upgrade.672201/

    http://www.tdpri.com/threads/gotoh-staggered-height-vintage-tuners.762058/

    http://www.tdpri.com/threads/thoughts-on-locking-tuners-for-tele-build.761711/
     
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