Golden Age Restoration Tuners for Solid Peghead Guitar with Scallop-end

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Pre-war Kluson style tuners reborn! Replica 3-on-plate tuners with "bent tab" worm supports, as made by Kluson from the 1930s to the '70s.

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Golden Age Restoration Tuners for Solid Peghead Guitar with Scallop-end Relic nickel

Relic nickel

Item # 2503
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3 or more $43.97
Golden Age Restoration Tuners for Solid Peghead Guitar with Scallop-end Bright nickel

Bright nickel

Item # 2503-N
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3 or more $34.98
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Pre-war Kluson style tuners reborn! Replica 3-on-plate tuners with "bent tab" worm supports, as made by Kluson from the 1930s to the '70s.

They feature authentic steel baseplates and white plastic knobs, plus 15:1 gear ratio for better tuning than the originals.

Golden Age tuners are exclusively from Stewart-MacDonald, made with our eye for details and exact specifications.

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

Golden Age tuners are the rebirth of popular early 20th Century tuning machine designs, featuring simple steel plates and open gears. Replacements for the originals have long been sought by collectors and repairmen, to restore older guitars and improve their tuning. Our special relic nickel-finished versions complement vintage hardware and add an authentic look to reproduction guitars.

Bright nickel tuners have original-shape white plastic knobs. Relic nickel tuners have the same knobs, but with a matte finish.

15:1 gear ratio for improved tuning
Vintage-style riveted worm supports
.236" (6.00mm) string post diameter
Press-fit peghead bushings
Original mounting screw spacing (screws incuded)
1-3/8" (34.93mm) string post spacing

Also available to fit slotted pegheads.

Note: Plate-mounted tuners can't work efficiently if the pegholes are improperly aligned. Our Tuner Drill Jig ensures the correct spacing for accurate tuning.

"The Golden Age Restoration tuners are really great. I have just put them onto my 1929 Gibson L-1...I like the fact that someone went to the trouble of making them look right." —John Evans, Brussels Belgium

"Great tuners with the right look and feel! The only thing different about them is that they are better made and more functional." —Richard Barnes, Pomona CA

    • Item #
    • Weight
    • 2503
    • 0.296 lbs. (0.13 kg)
    • 2503-N
    • 0.298 lbs. (0.14 kg)

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Golden Age Restoration Tuners for Solid Peghead Guitar with Scallop-end

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perfect replacement

By Mark Franzke, Franzke String Instru from Prairie Village, KS
(Customer's Reviews) Monday, November 10, 2014

Replaced the tuners on a 1944 Epiphone archtop and these look great and even the screw holes lined up. I replaced the white knobs with StewMac black plastic to match the originals. These tuners fit the oblong/rectangular hole knobs, so the black or cream ones will fit.

Restoration Machine Heads

By Vacaguitar from USA
(Customer's Reviews) Monday, February 10, 2014

Swapped out my original Grover-V138N for the #2503 heads on my 2011 RNJ-25. It was a perfect swap out. I used the original bushings from the Grovers and it took all of 5 minutes. Great 15:1 accuracy!

Relic tuners a little too bright

By RestoGuitar from Cincinnati, Ohio USA
(Customer's Reviews) Friday, May 03, 2013

The finish was way too bright to approximate an aged appearance. Also the tuners came with the thick bushings which did not fit my "Banner" LG-2. Luckily I had some vintage style bushings.

gibson LG-2 looking for tuners

By ernst r. pozar from graz, austria - europe
(Customer's Reviews) Wednesday, March 27, 2013

british blues icon ian siegal's 1943 gibson LG-2 benefitted from these restoration tuners besides other minor operations. the old lady will stay in tune for the next 70 years.

Wonderful product!

By Willysunday from Michigan
(Customer's Reviews) Friday, March 08, 2013

The only thing is the BRIGHT white buttons. Need cream & black. Great product for new builds or (with some stain) vintage guitars.

Very nice.

By Congletone from Oregon
(Customer's Reviews) Saturday, February 09, 2013

I needed tuners for a 193(6) Gibson L-30 archtop who's original tuners were long gone. I was quite pleased that these matched ALMOST perfectly. The screw holes align perfectly, and the radii of the scalloped ends match EXACTLY to the original's imprint.
Sadly, one of the eight mounting screws was half the length of the others, but I'm sure Stew Mac will correct this for me.
A relic'ed option for the buttons would have garnered a 5 star rating, as the white is a bit stark in contrast to the relic nickel finish.
Still, highly recommended tuners. Very smooth operation, good finish, and accurately reproduced.

Golden Age Plate Tuners

By TW from Grand Rapids MI 49525
(Customer's Reviews) Friday, January 04, 2013

They look real nice on the Guitar I just finish. I'm glad to see you now have single 3 x 3 tuners of the same.

Golden Age Restoration Tuners

By Bob Long from England
(Customer's Reviews) Friday, November 23, 2012

Fitted to a 1935 Gibson L-37 as part of the restoration work. Perfect.


By Kenneth Dupuis from Breaux Bridge, LA
(Customer's Reviews) Friday, September 14, 2012

These tuners are great for the price. They matched to old apperance of my vintage Gibson accoustic, were very easy to install and work like a dream. Thanks for the product

replacement tuners for 1934 Gibson L-OO

By Delgado Guitars from Nashville, TN
(Customer's Reviews) Thursday, September 13, 2012

I needed to replace the tuners on a clients 1934 Gibson L-OO and these were the perfect fit. They made the tuner smoother and allowed him to keep his vintage look.

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