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1973 Tele Custom Tuners?

Discussion in 'Vintage Tele Discussion Forum (pre-1974)' started by EasilyAmused, Oct 27, 2020.

  1. EasilyAmused

    EasilyAmused Tele-Meister

    Jan 7, 2004
    Edmonton, AB, Canada
    I'm looking at buying a 1973 telecaster custom that is up for sale locally. I just adore the guitar. I tried it a couple months back and haven't gotten it out of my head. After some selling off some other gear, I'm now able to buy it.

    I went into the store, and it turns out there is a problem...

    About a month back, from what I hear, another customer came in, pickup up the guitar, dropped it and broke the high e string tuner. As a result, it currently doesn't have an E-string tuner.

    I'm wondering if there is a replacement option, or is the only option tracking down an original f tuner (which is what the store is currently working at doing)?
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  2. Marn99

    Marn99 Tele-Holic

    Nov 25, 2016
    Brookfield, WI
    You'll need to find an original. The pre 1975(ish) Fender's have US made tuners, and afterwards used schallers. The US made ones are 1/4 inch all the way to the housing like a Kluson, but the Schaller style has a collar. Nobody that I know of makes the pre mid 70s style anymore.
  3. Paulie_Boy

    Paulie_Boy Tele-Holic Silver Supporter

    Nov 2, 2019
    Varies. (Witness Protection)
    Curious: Does it have the diagonal holes or the double male posts?
  4. knavel

    knavel Tele-Meister

    Jul 21, 2014
    This is something that not a lot is said about. I learned about the distinction the hard way maybe 7 / 8 years ago when I wanted something smoother for my 70s Strat and Tele. I bought what modern Kluson touted as drop in replacement and got the collared style.

    I wrote WD Music (I think that is their name) in Florida who own the Kluson trademark and they actually produced collarless version and sent me prototypes! I still have them installed.

    I assumed from that that Kluson would produce drop ins for both styles but in a discussion I think on this site within the last year I learned that unfortunately this is not the case and that modern Kluson only makes the collared ones. It's a bit of a pity.

    So yes the above is long hand for "you have to find vintage" or perhaps a set of the modern Klusons if they did in fact produce and sell the collarless ones for a while.
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  5. Antoon

    Antoon Tele-Afflicted

    Feb 10, 2010
    Low Lands
    The missing tuner would not be a big deal for me. An original is not that hard to find.
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