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Discussion in 'Stratocaster Discussion Forum' started by circles, Aug 11, 2019.
Some old guy showed me how. LOL
My three Fenders all have vintage tuners as original equipment and I like them.
I like the way they look and the way they work.
Well, I've been doing it this way for at least 45 years, this is my Classic Player (with the stupid lockers replaced). No more turns around the post, slippage, waiting to settle or untidiness.
My choice: Gotoh Locking Vintage Oval Knob 6-In-Line Tuners. I'm not good in re-stringing guitars so these machine heads on my late '64 replica Strat are very helpful. Another plus: they look almost exactly like the original vintage Kluson tuners.
On page 5, and late to the the party....
But Kluson style tuners put all others to shame as far as im concerned
Ive never used tuners any better then them, learn how to wrap them once, and you'll never look back
I wouldnt swap them for locking tuners...really
I bought my 59 Strat in 70.. 1st year for rosewood. My 98 strat is a way better axe no matter what collectors say.The deluxe tuners were horrible. I had grovers put on. If I'd only had known .. Keep it original if you can. I bought the Strat for 100 bucks.. sold for 150.. yikes...
Late to the party too, but I don't see anyone mention this. I like the vintage tuners just fine. I don't know what's not to like about them, but each to their own. On my tele's I use light gauge strings. And I have had issues with the high E string not holding. Someone pointed out this method. I only do this on the thinner strings, but it's a really good tip. IMHO
I like locking tuners just fine too. But they can be problematic if you want to tune down to a drop D. Not much room to drop. Or if you float your trem like I do. So I do a wrap or two even using locking tuners. They may be a waste of money but I have a couple of sets.
I guess it's up to you, if you don't like your VT's buy something else. This isn't a brand new post so maybe this video will help someone else if they are having an issue with that high E string with vintage tuners.
I only use vintage tuners (all kinds) on my Strats and nothing else. I hate the regular needle-eye posts as they do major damage on everything they come in contact with, including myself which I bled many times. That said, here are some vintage tuners of various makes and they look so much better and are very easy to setup. Overall much cleaner look.
To restring, it only requires a couple of 'wraps' around the posts. Clean!
Get a guitar string winder and quite complaining.
I love the vintage tuners! OK they are not very exact and you always have to tune from down to high... But they are very lightweigh and the end of the string disappeares in hole on top. I play 2 Strats from 74and 76 and 2 newer selfmades with These tuners and I would never change them.
vintage style , in my opinion . quick , easy and secure ...
See above post by Nate D.
All this true enough, but there must be a reason they are eclipsed, there must be some advantage to modern tuners, not necessarily locking. Modern tuners are easier for me to string, and I don't see a downside, other than it violates tradition.
Newer is not always better. The more modern different tuner types nowdays is the result of marketing... they were introduced not because they were somehow objectively "better" but because somebody thought they might sell...