Why don't we like locking tuners?

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  1. lazloryder

    lazloryder Strat-Talker

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    I'll admit I always shied away from them. Looked too cumbersome and unnatural. If they were supposed to be better, then why don't all the high end custom shops or even American Standards have them?

    But I recently put some on a Mexi-Strat project, and WOW what a diff! Stays in tune like a mug, and string changes are much faster!

    I still probably won't replace the tuners on my Americans and Custom Shops for the reasons on paragraph 1, plus the higher end strats don't seem to give me as much tuning problems.

    Any thoughts on locking tuners? Love em, hate em, doesn't matter?
     
  2. Ruscio

    Ruscio Senior Stratmaster Gold Supporting Member Silver Member

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    Love them for ease of string changing. I've also come to like the look better, too. A non-locking tuner now looks to me like it's missing something important.
     
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    Mind Flayer Strat-O-Master

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    I like them. I don’t care too much if i have locking vs regular, but i definitely like them.
     
  4. nutball73

    nutball73 Senior Stratmaster

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    "We" is a bit of an assumption. I quite like the various sets of Sperzels I have. They work, and last a long time.
     
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    FrieAsABird Senior Stratmaster

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    Many people love them. I like them, but my favourite tuners are split shaft vintage style ones- they look great, work perfectly and string changes are a breeze with them for me. I wouldn’t get locking tuners myself but I’ve got my road worn strat that came with locking Tuners from the previous owner. Wanted to change them Orginally but I’ve grown to like them, so they stay :)
     
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  6. Antstrat

    Antstrat Dr. Stratster

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    Personally I find the vintage type just as effective. Overall though I never gave tuners a second thought, whatever came with the guitar I'm fine with.
     
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    CalicoSkies Most Honored Senior Member Gold Supporting Member

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    Who is "we"? Personally I like them. I can change strings faster with locking tuners. And I don't think they're ugly looking or anything like that (I'm not sure what looks "unnatural" about them..)

    Fender seems to consider locking tuners a 'deluxe' (high high end?) feature, tending to put locking tuners on their deluxe models rather than the Standards. And everyone has their own likes and dislikes, so even for someone's custom shop guitar, they might not choose locking tuners.
     
  8. of this world

    of this world Senior Stratmaster

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    i like split shaft vintage tuners... they work just fine. and locking tuners on a hard tail seem like locks on 24 hour convenience store doors..
     
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    CalicoSkies Most Honored Senior Member Gold Supporting Member

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    Locking tuners aren't just about stability with a trem. Locking tuners allow for faster string changes.
     
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    Ian Ashdown Strat-O-Master

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    Having just changed strings on my 12 string Fender acoustic I remember why I like locking tuners! Not essential, but they do make life a little easier. I like Ratio tuners too, just make sense.

    Ian
    SoCal
     
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    Klusons Saf-T-Post. All I have ever needed. It's a solution looking for a problem.
     
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    Buzzgrowl Strat-Talker

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    Locks or splits are both good. "Normal" tuners are not that good.
     
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    ido1957 Senior Stratmaster

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    I have three different types of tuners - wrap around? split shaft and locking. Changing strings is much easier with locking. All my Strats are hardtail or blocked so it makes IMHO zero difference tuning - wise
     
  14. Will Lefeurve

    Will Lefeurve Most Honored Senior Member

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    Personally I've always regarded split shafts as the original locking tuners. They are my favourite too. The added bonus is you've no spiky wire wire ends to catch your fingers on.

    Again just a personal reflection, I've never had a Strat that went seriously out of tune. Now.. Les Paul's are totally different matter.. I've never had one that stayed in tune.. ha ha.. :D
     
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    Electgumbo Not Of This Earth

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    I like locking tuners…
     
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    Tone Deaf Stratosaurus Magnificus Platinum Supporting Member

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    This should have been a poll.
    I prefer locking tiuners.
     
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    omahaaudio Senior Stratmaster

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    I love them.
     
  18. Cerb

    Cerb Anti conformist reformist

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    Who sais we don't?
     
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    bgmacaw Strat-O-Master

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    20% of my guitars having locking tuners. I really don't have a preference though.
     
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    Stonetone Most Honored Senior Member

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    I also Like Locking Tuners