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Cost aside, what are the ultimate vintage style Tele tuners?

Discussion in 'Tele Home Depot' started by _MementoMori_, Mar 8, 2021.

  1. _MementoMori_

    _MementoMori_ Tele-Holic

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    I had a CV50s BSB Tele with the stock vintage style tuners on it, and now I love them and don't want any other kind of tuner ever again. I need to buy tuners for my build that's nearing completion now, and I want the best available. Schaller? Gotoh? Sperzel? Who makes the best?
     
  2. beagle

    beagle Friend of Leo's

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    Gotoh SD 91s. I have them on everything (except my CV50s, it doesn't need them yet).
     
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    Telekarster Tele-Afflicted

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    I've had good luck with Kluson vintage lines... used em in my nocaster build as well as my 54 Strat build, and no issues. I'm with you on the vintage ideal ;)
     
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    Sconnie Tele-Afflicted

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    Kluson Supreme tuners are really great IME, 18:1 ratio.

    Like Grover rotomatics for 3x3 headstocks, I don't need to shop for 6-in-line tuners anymore either.
     
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    old wrench Friend of Leo's

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    For vintage type tuners, I like the Gotohs.

    I've used Klusons, but the Gotohs feel more precisely made.

    Gotoh posts don't wobble like Klusons do.

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  7. _MementoMori_

    _MementoMori_ Tele-Holic

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    fenderchamp Friend of Leo's Ad Free Member

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    Any 15:1 split shaft tuner tends to work for me. I've probably used 12:1 and 18:1 too, I'm not really sure. Kluson, Grover, Schaller made, Gotoh, Fender branded ping or Gotoh, Wilkinsen, Tone Pros whatever.
    As far as I can tell, ironically, tuners usually don't have that much to do with keeping a guitar in tune. I've seen a few tuners that really won't work, but not too many, and never a whole set of them. I love how many people buy tuners either because they don't know how to set up a guitar, or even how to string it and tune it anyway.

    I do love split shaft vintage style tuners though, They are so much faster to change strings on.
     
  10. TheDavis

    TheDavis Tele-Meister

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    I don’t know how they are on a tele but if you want fancy and expensive Waverly is your ticket.
     
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    I have no preference, all my tuners work just fine. I do like the convenience of the 18:1 Grover locking tuners on my BMG (pretty sure they're Grovers), though, but, no real preference, traditional, vintage, locking, they all work fine if you have half a mind, at least
     
  12. Dan German

    Dan German Doctor of Teleocity

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    I've been using Gotoh (don't know the model #) for ten years on my Logan. No complaints. I'd have the same again, happily.
     
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    I don't think the 510's are worth the extra cost compared to the SD91's. I've used the SD91's many times and they are a quality tuner.
     
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    And the CARD system works with the SD91s, for a few quid.

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  15. _MementoMori_

    _MementoMori_ Tele-Holic

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    Thanks again for all of the advice, guys. I've decided to ignore every bit of it and I'm going with Sperzel Sound Lok tuners. They have the vintage look and sorta function the same way, but they tune up with hardly any full winds at all which I like a lot. Plus you can change the buttons on them and I'm a dork for that stuff. I'm thinking satin gold with black mother of pearl buttons.
     
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