Tuning machines for American Special -- recommendations?

Discussion in 'Telecaster Discussion Forum' started by KC, Sep 21, 2019.

  1. KC

    KC Friend of Leo's

    Posts:
    3,859
    Joined:
    Mar 16, 2003
    Location:
    Missoula, Montana
    Been playing the Special for a while now and my only complaint is tuning stability, especially compared to my American Standard. Been playing a lot of demanding gigs lately, outdoor stuff with a lot of temperature fluctuation, and the Special tends to drift after a few songs. Will new tuning machines solve this? Which ones? Thoughts are welcome. Good-looking good-sounding good-playing guitar otherwise.
     
    Fretting out likes this.
  2. Raimonds

    Raimonds Tele-Meister

    Age:
    48
    Posts:
    411
    Joined:
    Dec 1, 2014
    Location:
    Latvia
    No.
     
    Fretting out and bgmacaw like this.
  3. LowCaster

    LowCaster Tele-Holic

    Age:
    47
    Posts:
    702
    Joined:
    Jan 24, 2011
    Location:
    Paris, France
    What makes you think the tuning machines are faulty? Usually tuning machines are failing one by one. If the tuning is shifting on all the strings at the same time, it could be the neck (or body) moving for some reason...
     
    bgmacaw and Fretting out like this.
  4. oatsoda

    oatsoda Tele-Holic

    Posts:
    501
    Joined:
    Aug 15, 2013
    Location:
    The Shack
    Think you may be barking up the wrong string tree.
     
    bgmacaw and Fretting out like this.
  5. Slim Chance

    Slim Chance Tele-Holic

    Posts:
    988
    Joined:
    Mar 1, 2011
    Location:
    Beltway, USA
    You had me at temperature fluctuations. The heat is causing the guitar to expand and contract and the tuning will change. Perhaps this particular guitar is more susceptible to the heat due to the particular wood used in the neck and body.
     
  6. Fretting out

    Fretting out Tele-Holic

    Age:
    27
    Posts:
    718
    Joined:
    Jun 13, 2019
    Location:
    Land of Mary
    Problem could also be the strings are getting bound up in the nut 90% of the time when people change tuners they should really be dealing with their nut

    Or if the temperature change is drastic enough I don’t think tuners or nut work will fix it and you have to adjust tuning as the temperature changes

    And if you put a fresh set of strings on for every gig , giving them a proper stretching is a must
     
    Last edited: Sep 21, 2019
    bgmacaw likes this.
  7. Buzzgrowl

    Buzzgrowl Tele-Meister

    Age:
    56
    Posts:
    173
    Joined:
    Oct 3, 2017
    Location:
    Switzerland
    +1

    It's iether bad strings or a sticky nut. Change your strings and clean and lube your nut.

    If it really is temp related, there is no fix.
     
  8. bgmacaw

    bgmacaw Friend of Leo's

    Posts:
    2,618
    Joined:
    Feb 11, 2006
    Location:
    Near Athens GA USA
    If you string your guitar like this then maybe, just maybe, locking tuners will help. Otherwise, the problem is most likely in the nut, string tree or saddles as long as the neck is stable.

    bad stringing.JPG
     
    Fretting out likes this.
IMPORTANT: Treat everyone here with respect, no matter how difficult!
No sex, drug, political, religion or hate discussion permitted here.


  1. This site uses cookies to help personalise content, tailor your experience and to keep you logged in if you register.
    By continuing to use this site, you are consenting to our use of cookies.