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Tuners/Machine heads?

Discussion in 'Tele Home Depot' started by devnulljp, Nov 24, 2017.

  1. devnulljp

    devnulljp Tele-Meister

    Apr 28, 2008
    So what tuners are you guys using on your builds?
    I've only ever really had standard Klusons, but I fancy trying some locking tuners.
    What's good? The Allparts ones any good?
  2. mrpants

    mrpants TDPRI Member

    May 16, 2017
    I like Gotoh a lot, personally. Solid, smooth, never had an issue.
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  3. Schaller locking. Like a work of art at a price to match but worth it.
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  4. devnulljp

    devnulljp Tele-Meister

    Apr 28, 2008
    Had a heart attack -- the stewmac page makes it look like they're 100 each.
    The Schallers only seem to come in 10mm peg hole size -- my neck has 11/32" holes.
    Last edited: Nov 25, 2017
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  5. LowThudd

    LowThudd Friend of Leo's

    Feb 11, 2014
    Sherman Oaks, Ca
    I like Gotoh, TonePros(same thing). Nice tuners.
  6. RickyRicardo

    RickyRicardo Friend of Leo's

    Mar 27, 2012
    Calgary, Alberta
    Funny, I was just looking up prices on tuners. For vintage I like Gotoh. For modern I like the Grover mini Rotomatics. I've also used the GFS vintage ones and they work just fine. Pricing can be an issue for us in Canada due to exchange so if it's more of a budget build for a friend I'll get the GFS ones and I've never had a problem with them.
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  7. TRexF16

    TRexF16 Friend of Leo's

    Apr 4, 2011
    If you like the vintage look of your Kulsons, but want to try lockers, you could try the locking version of the Gotoh vintage.
    Like this:
    Kluson makes a vintage locker too but they work differently than the Gotohs and not quite as elegant, IMO. They look like they work the same but they don't. Either will probably be a direct replacement for your current vintage tuners as well, with no extra work.
    The balance will stay the same too. I agree with eallen above that the Schaller are lovely but they do weigh quite a bit. They have also gone up in price a lot! I just took a look online and wow. It's been less than two years since I bought my last set and they were routinely available for around $70 a set then.

  8. tfarny

    tfarny Tele-Afflicted

    Sep 4, 2008
    Hudson Valley, NY
    Gotoh makes great stuff at reasonable prices. Schallers might be better, they certainly cost more. I just found a set of Schallers used on reverb to put on my PRS SE, otherwise I would have gone with one of the Gotoh lockers.
    Honestly, all the major brands locking tuners are pretty good. I've had fine luck with Planet Waves string-cutting ones, but found the string cutting feature gimmicky and annoying, fine with Gotohs, one guitar has Sperzels which are also fine.
  9. tfarny

    tfarny Tele-Afflicted

    Sep 4, 2008
    Hudson Valley, NY
  10. Mike Simpson

    Mike Simpson Doctor of Teleocity

    Mar 19, 2006
    Gilbert, AZ (PHX)
    I like Planet Waves self trimming locking tuners when I am not using split post Kluson or Gotoh.

    Last edited: Nov 25, 2017
  11. LowThudd

    LowThudd Friend of Leo's

    Feb 11, 2014
    Sherman Oaks, Ca
  12. Tonetele

    Tonetele Friend of Leo's

    Jun 2, 2009
    South Australia
    I like Gotoh and you can get them in a Vintage slot head style.

    P.S. The drill hole size is 25/64 " (9.2 mm), I have that unusual drill bit for just this job. The bushes are 10mm. hence the 10mm. hole size to match the bushes.
  13. Lol, shop online for Schallers and I find them for $80 or under. I never buy the "Fender Schallers", or anything else Fender for that matter, since it is a toss up of who made them. The Fender ones made by Ping of same design are decent but not quit Schaller. IMHO.

    For vintage locking I agree with others on Gotoh. The only two I use unless asked to do otherwise.

    Just ream your holes up a hair for the Schallers. The Gotohs I have gotten usually include bushing for either 9 or 10 mm.
  14. R. Stratenstein

    R. Stratenstein Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

    Aug 3, 2010
    Loganville, Ga.
    Another vote here for Grovers.
  15. reddy2300

    reddy2300 Tele-Meister

    Aug 25, 2017
    Dublin, Ohio
    Grover mini (Gibson new-takeoffs) for the cheapo eBay kit I did and Ping (Fender new-takeoffs) for two Tele builds.

    I've not spent more than $40 for "decent" tuners. Call me cheap. I like it.
    Last edited: Nov 25, 2017
  16. Snook

    Snook Tele-Meister

    Sep 17, 2015
    I have to.look at my Simpson voltmeter...... I'm thinking your peghead logo might match it?
  17. rich815

    rich815 Friend of Leo's

    Aug 22, 2016
    San Francisco Bay Area
  18. The Ballzz

    The Ballzz Tele-Afflicted

    Apr 11, 2016
    Las Vegas, NV
    I totally agree!:cool: Only downside is that they are 3 tall and 3 short, but would be much more effective at avoiding string trees if they had 4 shorts or even all short! I've used several/many sets and love them. On the other hand, for a guitar that desired different mounting, I tried a set of genuine Schallers that looked nearly the same and found the quality a bit less the the F-logo units. A couple were a little stiff and glitchy and the stagger is created by where the holes are drilled, instead of the height of the posts. I would not, however, bother with locking on a fixed bridge guitar, they typically get standard vintage style, if a Fender type guitar and Grover Roto-matic on Gibsons.
    Just My $.02,
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  19. LowThudd

    LowThudd Friend of Leo's

    Feb 11, 2014
    Sherman Oaks, Ca
    Keep your eyes open on eBay. I just bought a set of New/open box Gotoh SG381 Gold with pearloid buttons for $35 shipped.
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