In praise of vintage style tuners

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  1. naveed211

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    I hate changing strings, always have. Admittedly I don’t have a ton of patience, but pretty much every style of tuner annoys me except for the vintage style ones. They’re just so easy! They’re perfect, IMO.

    I want every guitar I get to have them from here on out, I prefer them that much at this point in my life.
     
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    If it doesn't have locking tuners, vintage style are my pref too
     
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    I love vintage as well. Once you learn how much to cut off before you insert the end of the string, they become so easy to use compared to other styles.
     
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    The vintage, split-shaft tuners are the ONLY way to go, IMHO. I think I've had every type of tuner, except locking, and the vintage ones work perfectly, and you don't worry about impaling yourself on a string end.
    Back in the early seventies, I replaced the Kluson tuners on my 1960 Les Paul Jr with Grover Rotomatics. The Grovers work fine, but I've been thinking about going back to Klusons with the split shaft.....not correct for a Gibson, I assume, but I like them regardless......;)
     
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    I also like vintage style tuners. IMHO modern style tuners ruin the look of a nice tele headstock
     
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    You know, I saw a Fano that had the 3x3 tuners with vintage style, and that made me go hmmmmmm. I’d never considered putting them on a 3x3 headstock.

    Something to keep in mind if I ever dip my toes back into Gibson/similar waters.
     
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    At my age, locking are the only way to go. However, vintage tuners are very good.
     
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    Only split shaft, round button on my Fender guitars, thanks ;D Modern tuners are a deal-breaker. I like vintage tuners both for the way they function and the way they look – equal parts.
     
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    They’re my preferred style. Completely functional. Chose staggered vintage tuners for my custom build. Form and function, couldn’t be happier.

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    Don't forget they're significantly lighter than most modern tuners, so less neck dive.
     
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    My LP Jr originally had vintage Klusons on a bar.....just not split shaft. Those got changed to individual Klusons, still no split shaft. THEN went to the Grovers. The Klusons should look just fine, just with the "neatness" of the split shafts.
    BTW, I'm not overly concerned with "historical accuracy"......I just want best "function".
     
  12. Ian T

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    I like the Vintage tuners but like the Gotoh vintage style with the thumbwheel even better. Locking tuners are an improvement, as far as I'm concerned. [​IMG]
     
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    Vintage style for me to. Wouldn't have it any other way. I once had a good set of locking tuners and I still prefer the regular vintage.
     
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    Do those have the split shaft? That's the main reason for me to like the vintage ones.
     
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    After locking tuners vintage ones are definitely the easiest ones to string.
     
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    Vintage style, split shafts are my preference. They're also the best tuners for REMOVING the strings. Clip a string and yank it off.
     
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    Nope, they are like Sperzels or other thumbwheel tuners, only without the modern look.
     
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    Vintage split shaft every time for me.
    I’ve no locking tuners on any of my own guitars but have re strung a few guitars with them for others - don’t like.
     
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    They're the real deal!
     
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