Plastic machine head buttons…

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  1. bigbean

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    I have a custom shop historic SJ-200 with kluson very sucky tuners on it which I'm going to leave alone (although it bugs me every time I tune that thing) but other wise:

    No rubber shoes, No plastic tuner buttons. No plastic watch bands for the Bean.

    Also no PRS.
     
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    And.... I will only use oil from the head of a Sperm whale to keep those tuners nice and smooth ;)
     
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    I wish Apple designed tuning machines. They would be elegantly packaged and just work.
     
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    maybe the truest thing ever posted on the TDPRI.
     
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    I actually like the plastic buttons on Kluson style tuners and have wondered if I can replace the metal buttons with plastic.
     
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    Hey wait, no mention of ebony tuner buttons?

    I gigged with a Fender Malibu acoustic with a Strat like head stock that came with white plastic buttons, and more than once people commented on how well they looked. And my most expensive guitar - a National Reso have white plastic buttons (I suppose they could be rare illegal bone for the price I paid for it).:oops:

    I gotta admit though, that those tulip shaped buttons on the PRS headstock of @Frodebro , do look pretty crappy and cheap aesthetically. Sorry, but gotta call it like I see it.
     
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    I got these two C24 (?) new in 1993 & 1995. While the buttons are metal, the tuner posts have the original pointy plastic locking rings.

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    All these years they have worked flawlessly. The plastic doesn't bother me a bit.

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    I play my teles more these days, but that's about where I'm at stylistically. PRS are great instruments.
     
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    But they would only fit Apple guitars and you'd need to replace them every four years if you wanted to continue tuning your guitar.
     
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    I don’t mind plastic tuner buttons in general — pearloid, tortoise, ivoroid can all look great. Each is a distinctive look. Using plastic that looks like metal just seems unnecessary, though.

    It’s a nitpick. If I loved the guitar, I’d get over it by the end of my first day with it.
     
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  10. NoTeleBob

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    Perhaps, but they also came on early SG's. LP's had plastic but in the keystone-ish / tulip with a waist style.

    It's historically accurate for the plastics to have an unsightly ridge on some early Gibson's.
     
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    But after a year they wouldn't work as well and wouldn't be under warranty anymore and sending them to be repaired would cost more than buying a new set so upgrading to this year's model would be better right? We have an exclusive new color . Can I go ahead and send those out to you?
     
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    When I was taking the Silver Sky for a test drive it seemed to me that the Custom 24 tuners would fit. Granted, I wouldn’t want to drop that kind of $$ on a Silver Sky then give Paul another $100.00 for tuners.
     
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    Gibson Melody Makers too. The 2005 one I have has the white round button style with the Gibson logo'd squared cast covers that are really cheap. I actually had to solder 2 of the gear covers on because the tab crimping method broke loose. I have a set of tulips that I plan to replace them with when I get to it. I think they will look much-mo-dedda.
     
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    Well this thread sealed it for me. I’m getting a Silver Sky!!
     
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    If you do, please
    share your thoughts. I’ve been fighting the urge to buy one since I was first able to play one. There’s a Orion green one out there calling my name
     
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    I think the tuners look fine, not sure how much weight relief one would actually be able to tell though.

    My biggest gripe is 3-on-a-side configuration. Just looks weird on a Strat style guitar to me.
     
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    I have an Indonesian Squier Strat from 2000. The "chrome" plastic on the tuners remind me of the $2.00 model cars I built in the 60's.
     
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    I’m thinking about the Fiore real hard. I can’t abide 7.5 radius guitar necks. 4542FB53-0541-4AD9-A06C-B1B0F3E36C35.jpeg
     
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    Yup

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