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In praise of vintage style tuners

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

  1. TeleTown

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  2. Strebs

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    I like them fine. My only problem with them is the high e and b string can sometimes be problematic. Probably because there's a technique I don't know. That being said, I'll take locking tuners all day long over them. I loathe string changes and it's so much easier to pull the string through, lock it down, and tune. With vintage split, I've got to find a string winder and keep some extra strings on hand for my mistakes.
     
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    Model/Part Number?
     
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    Specifications:
    • Gear Ratio= 15:1
    • Post to Post spacing= 15/16 in.
    • Bushing size 8.8mm O.D. x 1/4 in. I.D.
     
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  5. Digiplay

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    Darn, it was the 18:1 gear ratio that first caught my attention.

    But thanks for the quick reply!
    Jerry
     
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    I like them but I use a toothpick on the high E and B strings because I've had them pull out of the hole when restringing. I put the string end in the hole, insert a toothpick then clip it flush, then tighten. It works good.
     
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    It took me a while to get used to them all over again after not having anything with them. But now it's easy as pie again.
     
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    The "Original" locking tuner.;)
     
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    Those are great. Where did you get them...who is the manufacturer and what is the part #? Asking for a friend!
     
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    My strat has those vintage split shaft tuners. Really great.
     
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    IMHO the vintage Klusons (and the reissue versions from Gotoh and others) are the superior design. They fit the design aesthetic of Fender guitars perfectly. Other reasons to like them:

    1/ Easy to change strings
    2/ No string ends to gouge you or others
    3/ Light; you might think this doesn't make a difference but it does, especially if you want to avoid neck dive
    4/ Sleek and low profile, especially the rear housing

    The oval tuning heads just look better on a Fender headstock IMO. If you're having trouble with your high E and B strings, one tip I've found that helps tremendously is to avoid wrapping more than three winds around the post. On the low E string, you can get away with two winds. This will prevent any slippage.
     
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    On 50s and 60s style Fender guitars anything else just doesn't look right.
     
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    Same question :)
     
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    I prefer the split shaft vintage tuners too. They're on the 2 teles shown in my avatar.
     
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    Gotoh Staggered. Mine are the aged nickel set, they also offer nickel and gold if memory serves.

    I bought them from a supplier here in the U.K. for around £45. So they’re not cheap but they are superb quality. The bridge on my Tele is Gotoh with the compensates saddles. Great hardware.
     
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    I concur. They’re amazingly simple and fool proof.
     
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    This is a great idea!
     
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    My only Strat with stock "vintage locking tuners" soon got upgraded to Gotoh SD91 vintage not locking tuners.
     
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    I definitely prefer the vintage tuners. my wife doesn't have to worry about strings poking her when I leave guitars all around the house.
     
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    LOL. How timely! Last night, I did a string change on my long ignored Nashville Deluxe...and, after struggling with it a bit trying to string it the way the previous owner had, I thought "it'd be easier to just stick the end of the string in the hole". Looked it up and "duoh!"...that's the way, uh huh...worked much better that way. ;)
     
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