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best tuners for strat?

Discussion in 'Stratocaster Discussion Forum' started by dearlpitts, Apr 24, 2011.

  1. dearlpitts

    dearlpitts Strat-Talker

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    so thought i get you guys pick for best tuners for a hss hwy1 strat-thinking about the-stew mac ones that lock and cut string-but love to here all the ones you guys think are best-cause i believe u all have alot of experience-thanx
     
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    Fender/Schaller lockers
     
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    What they both said. (My 2 favorites)
     
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    +1 I put those on my 2002 American Series a couple of months ago and love them! String changes are a breeze now and I like the slightly heavier headstock.
     
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    I also love klusons and almost every guitar I have has vintage style tuners, but it'd be a lot easier to drop in a set of schaller tuners than it would be to install a set of conversion bushings and drill holes for klusons
     
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    I've got sperzels. great tuners.
     
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    SurpriseAStrat Strat-Talk Member

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    I think the standard ones are find. There are plenty of other things I could think of to put money into.
     
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    -actually i wanted to stay with the stock ones but they really dont keep in tune very well-my squier bullet stays in tune better than this hwy1.-but besides that i/m really loving this guitar-i used to have a 76 mij strat-that i thought was great-but still went back to les pauls-not any more -i feel like i never want to stop playing this guitar it just awsome.
     
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    Your strings might be binding in the nut
     
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    Fender / Schaller Locking tuners is my choice
     
  13. Boris Bubbanov

    Boris Bubbanov Most Honored Senior Member Strat-Talk Supporter

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    I recommend the vintage style Gotoh split shafts.

    I agree that your issue is also gonna be the nut detailing. When the nut is right, there's nothing like these Gotohs. I have the Schallers (2) and the Sperzels (3) and of the 2 I prefer the Sperzels but they're both overkill and the Schallers weigh a ton ( 9.5 ounces a set!! )

    The only down side I can visualize is, if the maple of the headstock has aged, when you pull the stock tuners and affix the Gotohs, the small ferrules will leave a ring of lighter maple. Goes away in maybe 6 months. Then you may be asking; is this 2d string tree really necessary? ;)
     
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    Schallers. Can't beat them.
     
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    so pencil shavings in the nut slots?
     
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    I prefer Sperzel locking tuners. I may be wrong but I believe he invented the locking tuner. Makes changing string a f-a-s-t procedure....especially if you break one on a gig!
     
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    might help. if it's really bad you might need to have the nut reslotted. what gauge of strings are you using?
     
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    My HWY1 had an attack of the Sperzels. They are not a straight bolt on, mind you.
    Can't complain about them, they do what it says on the tin.
    And, for those who need to know, I fitted them because my eyesight has got so toot, I coudn't seen the damn hole on the tuner to string up the top 'e'.
    Not because I'm a s*it' hot plank spanker.
     
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    I've put Planet Waves Auto-Trim locking machine heads on 3 of my Strats (so obviously, I like 'em). The main selling point for me was the precision 1:18 gear ratio; I was skeptical about the auto trim feature, but it comes in handy for fast string changes and trims the sharp string end flush (so no stabbing string ends).
     
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    Put locking tuners on everything coz i'm lazy and it makes string changing real easy. I've changed out Fender/Schallers for Sperzels because the action just feels better and the backs don't come off.
     

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