Locking Tuners For Mexican Telecaster?

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  1. omahaaudio

    omahaaudio Friend of Leo's

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    I have a new Mexican Standard Tele and I'm looking for some locking tuners that I can install with no additional drilling, etc.

    I installed a set of Gotoh tuners on a PRS SE and they just dropped in with no mods, but any reputable brand would be good.

    Any suggestions?
     
  2. FenderBender99

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    What about the Fender ones? I think you can just drop those in

    I have a MIM Tele and considered doing the same. Please let us know how it goes
     
  3. Bergy

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    Fender ones should drop right in? I added them to a MIM Strat recently. It did change the weight/balance a bit tho. It’s got a bit of a neck dive now with the added weight. I put em on a Tele and noticed the added weight there, too. They seem to do the job and install easily, though.
     
  4. SixStringSlinger

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    Fender locking tuners dropped right into my MIM Standard Tele. No idea if they'll fit the new Players.
     
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    Anyone using the Planet Waves self trimming locking tuners? Are they a drop in fit in a MIM Tele?
     
  7. strat56

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    Fender locking tuners went right into my MIM Tele and can't beat the price, I think they were like $45 on eBay.
     
  8. DougM

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    Any Fender guitar with the modern tuners where the threaded bushing is what holds the tuners on the headstock will have the two holes in the headstock under the tuners to align the tuners on the headstock with the two pins on the tuners. It takes about five minutes to swap the original ones for the Fender locking ones.
     
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    The video posted was an older one showing the original Schaller/Fender locking tuners. They are the heavier ones.

    The newer Fender locking tuners are made by Ping and are smaller & lighter.
     
  11. GreatDaneRock

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    The fender locking tuners, drop in solution, 5 min work at the most. They look great and tuning stability and string changing is great. No looking back from locking tuners. I have Grover ones for my Schecter HHs, and Fender ones for my 2011 MIM Tele Standard. My new Fender Strat that I will take possession once my tax refund arrives will also receive a new set of fender locking tuners.

    Yes, the locking tuners are more metal than non-locking ones hence they will be heavier and add weight to the headstock. If your guitar is already prone to neck diving, this will increase that. But if your guitar is well balanced, very unlikely the tuners will unfavorably change that balance.

    GDR
     
  12. Lonn

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    These dropped right into my 2010 MIM.

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    I didn’t need them, but I switched to Hipshot open back lockers. I like em.

    Generally I prefer the split Kluson type. I bought the Hipshot because they were inexpensive. And the adapter plate is easy to use.

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    I will echo the HipShots are awesome. I went with the 18:1 Open gear lockers ..With their mounting system it was a snap. Doesn't use the small mounting screws other tuners use and the 18:1 gearing is freaking fantastic..
    I will never use the"Vintage" style tuners again..
     
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    Let’s not go crazy here... the locking Hipshot are nice but I still prefer the split Kluson type by a wide margin.
     
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    Another vote for fender lockers. I got mine for $49 on ebay and they dropped right in. My tele already weighs 10 pounds with the bigsby on an ash body. So I notice no neck dive whatever.
     
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    I used slotted Vintage style tuners on my Standard, an easy fit. Just take a bit of time lining them up before drilling the pilot holes. No neck dive involved. P1120552.JPG
     

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    I use these and love them, but I’ve only ever installed them on new builds and a 3x3 Gretsch. I have no idea what newer MIM tuners look like, so I can’t comment on the relative footprint. But they’re a good product.
     
  19. LutherBurger

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    I was intrigued by your post, so I did a search and found these: http://rover.ebay.com/rover/1/711-5...0001&campid=5338148343&icep_item=332935651559

    Hipshot staggered locking 2-pin tuners with a 21:1 ratio. I haven't tried them, but I certainly would if I needed locking tuners for a modern Fender neck.
     
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    Hipshot FTW
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