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Tuning Machine replacements

Discussion in 'Acoustic Heaven' started by Tarnisher, Jan 20, 2021.

  1. Tarnisher

    Tarnisher Friend of Leo's

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    One of the tuners on my “Great Divide” acoustic broke.

    Where can I get replacement tuners that will fit the existing screw holes and last longer than the originals?

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  2. Freeman Keller

    Freeman Keller Poster Extraordinaire

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    Those are classic Grove shape - many people including Grover and Gotoh make similar tuners. What you need to do, however, is take a set of calipers to yours and carefully measure shaft and bushing diameter, and shaft length and compare with the ones you plan to buy (StewMac and others give all the dimensions of theirs). Be forwarned that the little screw may be in a different place and the will need to be filled and redrilled and it is possible that the footprint on your new ones won't quite match, meaning you may have lines indented into the finish

    https://www.stewmac.com/SiteSearch/?search=tuning machines
     
  3. Tarnisher

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    Gotcha. I was hoping it would be a standard size so I wouldn’t have to worry about drilling.

    My luthier offered to sell me some he has in the shop for cost, but he'll have to drill the holes to make em work. Sounds like that may be the way to go.
     
  4. still_fiddlin

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    Measure the shafts and holes and see if there's something out there that fits. While the buttons are grover style, the rest of the machine head and offset set-screw reminds me of some Schallers: https://schaller.info/en/m6-series/271/m6-135

    But, there are all kinds out there. I would go with a good set if you are making a replacement. Here's some others at Stew-Mac:
    https://www.stewmac.com/parts-and-h...toh-keystone-style-3and3-tuning-machines.html (Gotoh - possibly what is on there)
    https://www.stewmac.com/parts-and-h...-size-rotomatics-305-series-3and3-tuners.html (Grover)
    https://www.stewmac.com/parts-and-h...challer-style-knob-3and3-tuning-machines.html (Gotoh - Schaller style)
     
  5. blackbelt308

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    Double check the measurements as Freeman is suggesting, but the third StewMac link that still_fiddlin is recommending are the machines that I'd recommend as well (the Gotoh Schaller-style). They should drop right in and you'll be very happy with them!

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    Rick
     
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