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

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

Bright nickel

Item # 2503-N
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Golden Age Restoration Tuners for Solid Peghead Guitar with Scallop-end

About This Item

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

Use #2062 Reamer to install these bushings:

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

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Nice tuners

(Customer's Reviews)

I used the relic nickel tuners to replace the pre-war Klusons on a 1940 Harmony Patrician. The fit was perfect, but the knobs were too white. I used some Golden Yellow Rit dye to give the knobs some patina so the new tuners didn't look out of place on the old guitar.


perfect replacement

(Customer's Reviews)

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

(Customer's Reviews)

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!

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