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Vintage Tuners on Strats? yey or nay?

Discussion in 'Stratocaster Discussion Forum' started by valvestate, Feb 20, 2018.

Installing to Vintage tuners

  1. YES! They looks awesome

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  2. NO. Keep it as it is

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  1. valvestate

    valvestate Strat-Talker

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    Planning to upgrade my Blacktop to a locking vintage tuners. What do you think? I love my MIJ Strat that came with its vintage locking tuners and they look and feel great!

    Now I want all my guitars to have this! What's your take on this? I just don't like the look of those Mexican tuners. They look like those that I have in my BULLET Strats and they look cheap IMHO. o_O
     
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  2. ghostlyone

    ghostlyone Strat-Talk Member

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    I love vintage tuners. Why not go for it?!
     
  3. usul1978

    usul1978 Guitar bricolo

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    I wouldn't use anything else. Locking tuners are too posh for me !
     
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  4. astacks

    astacks Strat-O-Master

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    I love the look and feel of vintage tuners (nothing better than drawing blood on a sharp string end at the tuners lol) but I hate changing strings on them. The strings always slips out for me even if I take the extra step of putting something in the string hole to make sure it doesnt slip out especially on the G.B, and E strings. One trick i did learn was you have to work fast but even then sometimes they'll still slip out lol
     
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  5. crashbelt

    crashbelt Strat-O-Master

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    The vintage style Gotoh tuners are great gotta have those silvery oval shaped buttons:D
     
  6. jpmist

    jpmist Strat-O-Master

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    Have you tried bending a crisp 90 degree angle in the string where it will catch the edge of the post? Has alway worked for me with no slipping . . .
     
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  7. Fuzzpop

    Fuzzpop Guitar in the Space Age! Gold Member

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    That's how I do it as well. Never had a slipping problem. I also press the string down above the nut for the first few winds. It sort of shortens the throw until everything gets settled in.
     
  8. Thrup'ny Bit

    Thrup'ny Bit Grand Master Curmudgeon Strat-Talk Supporter

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    Vintage slotted tuners are great. I've never had a string slip. The vintage locking tuners are awful, they're not slotted, they take me much longer to string up and leave sharp string ends. I may have mentioned before, just how much I hate them, maybe.
     
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  9. stratomatt

    stratomatt Strat-O-Master

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    What the hell are vintage "locking" tuners?
     
  10. IronSchef

    IronSchef Senior Stratmaster

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    not only do vintage tuners LOOK better, but they are FAR easier to string than the modern ones - and no messy ends to trim off!
     
  11. bchaffin72

    bchaffin72 The wizard next door..... Strat-Talk Supporter

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    I like vintage. I put them on my tele some time back and the strat is next.
     
  12. Tone Guru

    Tone Guru Senior Stratmaster

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    I like real Klusons.
    I also like safety posts.
    Never really tried locking tuners, but I don't do a lot of aggressive trem action.
     
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    craigh Strat-Talker

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    I prefer vintage style tuners. I put them on my Hwy 1 Strat. I find them much easier to string up.
     
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    Thrup'ny Bit Grand Master Curmudgeon Strat-Talk Supporter

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    Surprisingly they are locking tuners that, albeit at a fair distance, almost look like vintage tuners.
     
  15. sam_in_cali

    sam_in_cali Scream for me Strat-Talk! Strat-Talk Supporter

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    If your guitar already has vintage tuners (assuming you the mean split shaft type), I'd leave them as-is. I'm not familiar with locking vintage tuners to see any advantage with changing them.
     
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  16. didger

    didger Senior Stratmaster

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    I love the vintage lockers. Clean look. No extra locking knobs on the back. Pull the string through and start tuning. What could be quicker or easier?

    The only negative to me is if a high string breaks close to the post, it can be fussy getting the remaining coil of string off before restringing. This happened to me a couple times when loosening and retightening strings for truss rod and wiring adjustments. Once kinked, the e and b string are easily broken at that spot.
     
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    Cool! Seems most are in agreement that you go for it! Yey

    Any not that expensive vintage tuner that I should consider?
     
  18. johnnymg

    johnnymg Most Honored Senior Member Strat-Talk Supporter

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    I recently got a set of Fender vintage tuners for under $40.

    I love vintage safety tuners. Super fast to restring and absolutely stable when doing big bends.
     
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  19. Fuzzpop

    Fuzzpop Guitar in the Space Age! Gold Member

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    Love vintage split-shaft tuners. So easy to string up. And I enjoy the modern lockers with the wheel on the back. Can't say I've ever tried vintage lockers. To be honest, I just prefer the slit shaft vintage tuners. Maybe I've been using them so long that they're second nature to me, but they're just so easy to restring with those.
     
  20. 50yearslater

    50yearslater Strat-Talker

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    I have a set of GOTOH Locking vintage tuners on which the "split" shaft is screwed onto a typical "holed" shaft. Push the string through the hole, turn twice, and lock "split" shaft down. Trim the excess. I use a dime to tighten them. Most of the time, simply loosening the tuner button loosens the string lockdown. From three feet they look vintage.

    Tom
     
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