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Vintage Strat Tuners

akstrat61

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Whats the flavor of the day for replacing old slipping tuners? I'd rather not ream any holes, but don't mind locking tuners if there are no mods? What are your recommendations? TIA
 

NIckS

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I have vintage Fender tuners on a 2004 Strat I bought new with them on. Never had an issue with them slipping. The cheap China made ones would not be a good replacement at all. A buddy of mine had them and replaced them within 18 months.
 

Wilko

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tuners almost never "slip". You may not like old tuners, but even the shittiest tuners don't "slip". More than one on the same guitar? never.
The flavor of the day is fix 'em and leave them alone.
 

akstrat61

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Slip was the incorrect term. Slop is more accurate. When tuning and you go slightly sharpe, the tuner has about a quarter turn of nothing when tuning it down. When it finally moves flat, it is way flat.
 

guitarguy1962

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One of the tuners on my 2001 SRV Strat started to slip, so I replaced all the tuners with a set of Kluson vintage reissues. They are very smooth and vintage correct. Kluson also makes locking vintage style tuners, but I haven’t tried them.
 

El Gringo

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tuners almost never "slip". You may not like old tuners, but even the shittiest tuners don't "slip". More than one on the same guitar? never.
The flavor of the day is fix 'em and leave them alone.
On all of my old Fender Tele's and Stratocasters they never go out of tune .
 

Toecutter

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Slip was the incorrect term. Slop is more accurate. When tuning and you go slightly sharpe, the tuner has about a quarter turn of nothing when tuning it down. When it finally moves flat, it is way flat.
Sounds like it might be a problem with the nut slots grabbing the strings. Check to make sure the slots are wide enough for the strings.
 
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