Open gear tuners on a strat?

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  1. nickmsmith

    nickmsmith Dr. Stratster

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    I like the aesthetics of the open gear tuners, but I never see them on strats or Teles. I know they’re historically used on Fender Basses, but not guitars.

    I’ve not had much luck sourcing any, 6 in line, anybody ever seen them??
     
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    CB91710 No GAS shortage here Double Platinum Supporting Member

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    Hipshot locking are open gear, but not the classic design that you're thinking of.

    Here's a set from Allparts. Pretty cheap, I would assume imported, and they're all on a common plate so I don't know if the spacing matches Fender:
    https://www.amazon.com/dp/B002PDC2JW/?tag=strattalk05-20

    I think we don't see these for 6-in-line because the spacing for the mounting plates is too tight... like the conventional Kluson design where the mounting holes are cut in half and 5 of the 7 screws are shared.
     
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    +1 on the Hipshot Open Gear Locking tuners. They are currently my favorite and go on all my builds. The less expensive ones are “licensed by Hipshot” and made off-shore. They are very similar to the made in USA version and also of excellent quality.

    Bill, tgo
     
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    jvin248 Senior Stratmaster

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    The ones in the links are for acoustic guitars.

    Research what PRS is using lately, I think they have some on the Silver Sky even. I thought they were hipshot with some tweaks.

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    CB91710 No GAS shortage here Double Platinum Supporting Member

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    Silver Sky is 3+3, and they are just conventional Kluson (or kluson-style) square-back covered tuners.
    Same as a 50s Les Paul but with different knobs.

    Yes, the units in the links are for acoustic, but that's probably the only 6 inline open-back you're going to find.
    They were used on some student models such as Teisco.

    You could probably make these work in a 6 inline style, but they are sold as 3+3 so you'd have a wasted set (unless you have a friend who is a lefty), and at $17 from Stew-Mac, they still aren't going to be high quality:
    https://www.stewmac.com/parts-and-h...achines/economy-open-gear-3-and-3-tuners.html
     
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    Hipshot definitely makes open gear locking tuners for electrics. They can be found in the first link in Ebidis’ post, four posts above.

    Bill, tgo
     
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    Thanks for the advice everybody!
     
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    Nice. I was able to find a set of 6R cheapo tuners. I think they are similar to what’s on Bullet strats, without the back casing attached. But I like the white/pearl buttons.. and if they’re really bad, I’m out 12 dollars (about the cost of a lunch after tip.) This is going on a bullet neck anyway.
    http://rover.ebay.com/rover/1/711-5...0001&campid=5338148356&icep_item=171027126572

    I like the old-looking vibe of the open gear for sure. And it looks like the mounting holes are in the identical spot as factory, and I can use the factory installed bushings.
     
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