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Golden Age Restoration Tuners

for A-style Mandolin

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The early 1900s look is reborn! Long-awaited replacements for the A-style tuners used by Gibson and other makers from the 1910s until 1925.

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Golden Age Restoration Tuners for A-style Mandolin
  Item# Description In stock Price Quantity
2505 Relic nickel, cream knobs Yes
3 or more $54.36  

2505-N Bright nickel, cream knobs Yes
3 or more $41.94  

2506 Relic nickel, ivoroid knobs Yes
3 or more $76.23  

Quantity prices apply to multiples of the same item number Selected currency  


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The "worm gear under string post" configuration and wider vintage post spacing is ideal for restoring older mandolins and improving their tuning, and for making modern replica instruments more authentic. Our relic nickel finish version has the right look to complement vintage hardware.

"People who build replica instruments or who do restoration or repair work are just going to love these."
—Frank Ford, vintage instrument repair expert

Special note about string spacing! These tuners feature historically-correct (1910s-1925) .931" string post spacing. This is wider than standard .906" (29/32") spacing. Please measure your mandolin's string post spacing before you order.

Steel baseplates feature the original early 1900s shape, incised "tread stripes," and vintage-style square riveted worm supports. Each set includes 4-left / 4-right tuners with 1920s-style mounting screws and press-fit peghead bushings.

Gear ratio 15:1
Bushing diameter .283" (7.19mm)
String post diameter 0.236" (6mm)
String post spacing Early 1920s .931" (23.65mm)

These replica tuners have special spacing for vintage Gibson and other makes before World War II. Please be aware that our standard spacing drill jig will not align accurate holes for these tuners.

To be sure these tuners fit your instrument, compare your existing machines and peghole dimensions to our listed specs to help determine the best replacement.
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Golden Age Restoration Tuners for A-style Mandolin
Golden Age Restoration Tuners for A-style Mandolin
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5 9-28-2010
It's about time

Having restored over a dozen old Gibson Mandolins I am elated that someone finally solved the problem of how to keep these great sounding mandolins in tune. I have them on two 1917 mandolins and they fit, look and tune great. There is a problem with bushing being too large on mandolins from the twenties although the post spacing is correct. Perhaps Stew Mac could develop golden age style tuners with this same post spacing but the look of the Loar era tuners. Short of that, if they produced slightly smaller bushings, these tuners would work great on Loar era instruments even if they look like pre Loar tuners.- Great job Stew Mac

5 9-18-2010
Golden Age Restoration Mandolin Tuners

I am very happy with these tuners. I put 'em on a '17/'18 A Gibson. They work very, very well. Based on my recommendation, a friend of mine put them on a '22 A-4. He likes them a lot, too. I can't tell you how refreshing it is to have an old mando that stays in tune; what a concept! The tuners were easy to install, but I would still let a luthier do it. Here's why: On the '22, the new tuner bushings were .003" larger than the originals. It took 10 minutes to ream out the holes in the headstock. Still, I would have been bad to try and 'force' fit those bushings into the post-holes. I would hate to start even the smallest of cracks on a 90 yr old Mando!! The only thing that bugs me is that the post shafts on the Golden Age tuners are significantly longer than the originals. To me, that means that unless I wind several more turns of the string on the post than I usually do, the breakover angle of the strings at the nut will be shallower, which changes the sound of the instrument (think of the difference in the sound of Gibson guitars with the 14 degree vs. 17 degree headstock pitch). Having said that, it's no big deal to add a couple more turns of string, is it? Thanks for a great, affordable product. You made it fun to play my mando again. The price was right, too!

guitartracker  Texas
5 9-17-2010
Golden Age Tuners

Wow, I love these tuners on my 1917 Gibson A. No telling how many wonderful vintage mandolins can be now revived and played! Thanks for a great product.

Liz Harvey  SC
5 9-08-2010
A-style tuners

Perfect fit and function on my 1921 Gibson A2 !

T.L. Tombaugh  Albuquerque,NM
5 9-03-2010
Great tuners!

These came out just when I was sure there were no reasonable choices for tuners for my Gibson 1923 A-2. They fit. They look right(relic nickle, cream buttons). They tune very well. thank you!

George Flink  USA
5 8-26-2010
Golden Age Restortion Tuners for A-style Mandolin

I just installed the relic with cream buttons on my 1914 Gibson A-model mandolin, they are PERFECT in every way. Reverse gears and .931 on center. Finally, the right replacement tuners for early Gibson A-model mandolins! Thanks Stew Mac.

David Harvey  Nashville TN
3 8-23-2010
Wrong way tuners

I love the new Golden Age tuners but beware that on old Gibson Snakehead mandolins they mount upside down and they tune backwards. Other then that they are a big improvement over the originals.

Alan Bond  Oakland, California
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