fender 2018 Player tuner replacements

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  1. vishnu

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    My Strat has the stock standard tuners installed and i was a wonderin' if the Gotoh vintage aftermarket jobs would fit in there at all?

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    I had some old tuners from a US Strat and figured I'd replace the ones on my MIM with them. As I did it I realized they were pretty much identical. What's wrong with your old ones?

    Gotoh makes quality hardware. Size-wise, you gotta take one off and measure the hole.
     
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    no reason other than i LOVE the look of those small button tuners :)

    I was hoping that someone had already tried the swap and could have enlightened me

    Thanks guys
     
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    The Gotoh vintage-style tuners would require a little surgery - you'll need to drill some guide holes in the back for the screws that hold them in place. You'll also need to get what are called "conversion bushings" - the holes for the modern tuners are a larger diameter than the holes for a vintage tuner, and the bushings that come with the tuners are for the vintage-sized holes. The conversion bushings are thicker so they fill the larger hole.

    But I would suggest getting a set of Fender's new ClassicGear tuners - these come stock on the American Performer series (the replacements for the American Specials). They look like vintage Klusons but they mount like modern tuners - they have the same 2 guide pins as the stock tuners on the Player series, and use the same-sized screw-down bolt on the face of the headstock as the stock tuners. Plus they have the modern 18:1 ratio instead of the vintage ratio (12:1 or 15:1 - I can never remember). Vintage look, no-hassle installation, modern tuning capabilities. I have an American Performer Mustang, and mine have been rock solid in terms of tuning stability.

    Here they are on Fender's website:

    https://shop.fender.com/en-US/parts...s/classicgear-tuning-machines/0990802100.html

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    Wow, thanks for that John.....that looks GREAT! will look into it :)
     
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    John, you sayin' they are drop in replacement with no work required?
     
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    They look drop in to me.

    I'm glad you started this thread because I didn't know those existed. I will likely give those a shot a some point. Like you, I prefer the vintage button/split shaft tuners, the typical vintage tuners can be made to work, but not without irreversible modification.
     
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    Yes - when I first got the Mustang I contacted Fender Consumer Relations about those tuners (I still had a Player series Tele at the time and was considering putting them on the Tele). The Fender rep confirmed that these are drop in, no modification replacements for Fender's standard tuners.
     
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    Thanks John and Poly.....gonna get a set :)
     
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    Thanks for that info John, I never knew those existed!
    Going to get a set for my Coronado
     
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    Quick update. I can confirm that the classicgear vintage tuners are drop in replacements. Just put a set on my Coronado, they look so much better!

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    class :)
     
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    I have a Performer Strat (my avatar) and those new tuners are awesome
     
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