Tuning Keys..

Eric L

New Member!
Jun 14, 2018
8
ATLANTA
LOOKING FOR SOME GOOD INEXPENSIVE REPLACEMENT TUNING KEYS
NON LOCKING
**Want direct drop in replacement… don’t want to drill any holes. The current ones are slipping badly.

I was inspired by Phils “sharpen your ax” videos to redo a project guitar.
Picked up a ($70) Lotus strat style LEFT HAND guitar to redo/refinish/restore.
I’ve deburred & polished the frets, cleaned and oiled fretboard, rolled the edges of the fretboard.
I ordered a new Tusq XL Nut because the old one was binding severely.

Musicily tuners are inexpensive, But don’t seem to get good reviews.

THANKS!
Eric
 

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Aqueix

Strat-Talker
Jul 30, 2021
117
Arizona
I like vintage tuners since they are easier to string with and dont have the sting bits sticking out. Ive gotten some cheap ones through amazon with contemporary hole size and they are way better then you may think
 

nickmsmith

Dr. Stratster
Jul 28, 2011
14,197
USA
Drop in is not going to be easy. People don’t often make nice tuners with the cheap tuner screw holes.

You’ll have to do a little drilling if you want nicer tuners, most likely.
 

hippychip

Strat-Talker
Dec 9, 2015
184
Florida
Take the little screws out, and remove the tuners so you can take the covers off. Tighten the screw that holds the brass gear to the string post. There are 2 tabs that keep the worm gear tight to the base plate, and they can be bent back so the knob is tighter. You may have to take them apart to get them adjusted properly, but unless the gears are damaged there is no reason they should slip. These tuners have been used for decades. Make sure you are winding the strings properly, and you should have no problem
 

Guitarchaeologist

Master Spuddler
Silver Member
Dec 17, 2016
7,699
Behind the 8 ball
Look for the chrome/nickel version of these...


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Eric L

New Member!
Jun 14, 2018
8
ATLANTA
I like vintage tuners since they are easier to string with and dont have the sting bits sticking out. Ive gotten some cheap ones through amazon with contemporary hole size and they are way better then you may think
Thanks Aquiex!
Can you send a picture & info /part number?
I like vintage tuners since they are easier to string with and dont have the sting bits sticking out. Ive gotten some cheap ones through amazon with contemporary hole size and they are way better then you may think
 

Eric L

New Member!
Jun 14, 2018
8
ATLANTA
Thanks for the advice!
I ordered a set of these Wilkinson Locking Tuners. If I have to drill some holes I have to drill some holes😁
 

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Martian Eye

Strat-Talker
Jan 8, 2022
278
Texas
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Hipshot has these "universal mounting plates" that let you retrofit their tuners without using any screws. Those are locking tuners in the pic, but they have them for non lockers too.
 


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