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In praise of vintage style tuners

Discussion in 'Telecaster Discussion Forum' started by naveed211, Sep 21, 2020.

  1. Anacharsis

    Anacharsis Tele-Holic Ad Free Member

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    I will be the unpopular opinion guy: I dislike them intensely, and I've replaced them on two guitars, with two more replacements to come. I like simple thread-through, locking or not.

    However...they clearly have their adherents, so may you have what you enjoy!
     
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  2. Ess Eff

    Ess Eff Tele-Afflicted

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    Yup, the best!

    I laugh when ppl say they have 'upgraded' to locking tuners.

    Down-grade IMO.
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  3. David Barnett

    David Barnett Doctor of Teleocity

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    I don't understand why the whole industry didn't go to these by the mid-1950s?

    Was the slotted shaft something that was in the Kluson option list, or was it something that Leo came up with and got Kluson to make? Or was it copied from Paul Bigsby?
     
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  4. Henley

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    Split-shaft tuners all the way, all day,. plus your headstock area is always clean.
    String thru clamping locking tuners are a close second and are wonderful too.
     
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    fendrguitplayr Doctor of Teleocity Silver Supporter

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    Vintage...

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  6. djp141

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    I've owned about 50 guitars, but had never dealt with vintage tuners until I bought a Lead II reissue. Do not like. Changing the high E was a pain.
     
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  7. Sequimite

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    Played electric guitar since 1985. A few months ago I bought a neck with vintage tuners, first time I used them.

    Love them. Saw a video before putting on the first set of strings, followed the instructions, easiest string change ever. I even like the gear ratio.
     
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  8. drlucky

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    Bingo. I also feel that the sound has a bit more snap with the old school tuners.
     
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  9. Henley

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    Doubling the small strings makes for a nice snug start, my only issue with split tuners is the 90 degree break at the start. If necessary I like to use a small fine round file to score the top of the tuner where the string starts/breaks onto the shaft.

    Sometimes that area is sharp from the "cut" and needs to be de-burred/polished. I used to break strings that have those tuners at that exact spot.. small fix worked, not a break there since.
     
  10. AJBaker

    AJBaker Friend of Leo's

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    They work fine, look classy and neat, and strings are easy to change (provided you have a tool to cut them to length beforehand).

    I wouldn't want anything else on my Fenders.
     
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    I used to find awkward and odd until I learned about to two tuner length cut off now I’m sold on them
     
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  12. peteycaster

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    I much prefer vintage tuners and recently came across this great little tip for a slipping high E string. Not sure how to embed the video so hope this works.

    Edit:- Wow, that was easy!
     
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    They are all i want or need. I like about three wraps on each.

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  14. jays0n

    jays0n Tele-Meister

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    Count me in for vintage style as well. They are easy to use and don’t leave the cut off string out there to poke fingers.
     
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  15. EsquireOK

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    They're my favorite too, as long as they are modern style "improved" versions with the same look as the old ones. The "actual vintage" ones were really not great.

    Light, inexpensive, extremely attractive, and work fine if you know what you're doing.

    Gotoh has mastered them in this day and age. All sorts of housing options, color options, button options, adjustable post height, hidden locking mechanisms – you name it. All while basically looking "vintage."
     
  16. Bella

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    Vintage style all the way!
     
  17. dreamingtele

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    I really love them when I got a vintage spec'd tele. I really hated modern tuners because of the pointy string ends that ruin a gig bag, or my fingers or snag a cleaning cloth when I clean my guitar.

    Vintage is the only way to go for me.. I havent looked, I dont know if there are split shaft vintage tuners for Gibson style, but if there is, Id quickly change my 330 tuners!
     
  18. drmordo

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    My thoughts as well. I recently tried them on my Tele (they came with a used neck I bought) and have already bought locking tuners to replace them at my next string change.

    I do like the classic look and the fact that there are no pointy string ends. But the big issue to me is when you break a string on the gig, it's easy to slap a new string on with closed top tuners. It takes less than a minute, no tools required. Especially if I'm sitting in with someone and only brought one guitar, this makes a big difference.
     
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  19. Sconnie

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    They're easily the best post type. I still like the modern versions with higher ratios.

    If only Grover would make a 3x3 "safety post" with the kidney bean knobs I'd even have them on my SG.
     
  20. 8trackmind

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    My favorite as well. These are the new Klusons with the 18 to 1 ratio.
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