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  • Tuner Upgrade suggestions?

    So I recently picked up a used Epiphone SG Special yesterday. Gave it a good setup and it plays and sounds great. I'm really liking it. I plan on doing a bit of upgrading/mods to this guitar and the first thing Id'e like to do is the tuners. They are my only complaint with this gutiar. They don't really hold ANY type of tuning well. I was told the ones on now are the stock tuners and here is a pic of them:

    I really like the look of the gibson style tuners(not sure if thats what they are acutually called just how I know them) and would like to put some on that look like this:

    SG headstock front.jpg

    Any suggestions as to some quality and preferably inexpensive replacements? Any and all help is appreciated.

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  • #2

    I don't doubt the tuners aren't great but most of the tuning problems are more than likely coming from the nut.  But you the style you're looking for are Kluson tuners. They will help your tuning but you also want to look at the nut as well.

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    • mschafft
      mschafft commented
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      First, WELCOME to the forum.

      Sorry for saying this : these tuners are about the sh**tiest on planet earth. I've had them before and never will again.

      Decent tuners cost about the price I paid for that guitar so it just had to go.

      I've replaced broken Gibson Kluson style tuners with the following :

      - Grover Kluson style tuners

      - Tonepros Kluson style tuners

      Both work beautifully. And if you have tuning issues with these, you may start working on your nut, bridge lubrification, intonation, etc.

       

      I like the Tonepros better because they come in nice cream colour for the plastic part.

      Make sure to measure the diameters of the holes in your headstock and the headstock thickness before shopping around for new tuners (don't buy used).

       

      BTW Congrats on your purchase. Apart from the tuners, this guitar is a no non-sense piece of rock 'n roll history with very decent pickups, a nice neck, and it looks badass. Have fun with it!

       


  • #3
    Mschafft:
    A nice job would increase the value and quality of this gueetar.
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    I agree with quality, disagree with value. Mods almost never add more value to the guitar than the cost of the mods themselves. But that's not the point of modding anyway. Like stated previously, keep your old tuners, and swap them back in if you ever decide to sell.
    <div class="signaturecontainer"><i>Information is not knowledge<br />
    Knowledge is not wisdom<br />
    Wisdom is not truth<br />
    Truth is not beauty<br />
    Beauty is not love<br />
    Love is not music.<br />
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    • honeyiscool
      honeyiscool commented
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      If you install full sized Grover or Klusons, there is zero point in keeping the old tuners.

      I mean, look, you're going to have to drill two extra holes per tuner to get the new tuners to fit, possibly you might have to ream as well. In this process, you'll probably fill the old holes since having holes on a headstock is sorta hideous. So by the time you think about installing the stock tuners, it'll probably be tough to do without redrilling holes, and people will then see the two extra holes you drilled per tuner as well so who really cares?

      If you care about resale at all, that's where using tuners such as mini-Rotomatics would be smarter, since you can probably install those without drilling additional holes, or at least they would not be as visible.

  • #4
    Yeah that's the thing, you really have to know what tuners are gonna fit correctly.
    <div class="signaturecontainer"><i>Information is not knowledge<br />
    Knowledge is not wisdom<br />
    Wisdom is not truth<br />
    Truth is not beauty<br />
    Beauty is not love<br />
    Love is not music.<br />
    Music Is The Best.</i><br />
    <br />
    - Frank Zappa</div>

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