Gotoh Locking Vintage Oval Knob 6-In-Line Tuners

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Gotoh Locking Vintage Oval Knob 6-In-Line Tuners

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Gotoh Locking Vintage Oval Knob 6-In-Line Tuners

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Locking versions of the classic oval knob, stamped housing tuners found on vintage Fender® guitars. For 6-in-line pegheads.

6-in-line locking tuners that are the perfect upgrade for old or new Fenders with "Kluson-style" tuners — they're a direct retrofit!

These fine reproductions feature old style stamped gear housings, but have modern improved 15:1 gearing for smoother, more precise action.

All sets include mounting screws and round press-fit peghead bushings. Peghole spacing is 4-11/16" (119.06mm). 11/32" (8.73mm)-diameter pegholes required. Please note that 3 of the tuners have a green decal on the back of the machine. These 3 machines have a smaller diameter string hole, and are to be used with the unwound (G,B,E) strings.


Use #2062 Reamer to install these bushings:

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Product Instructions

String Mounting Instructions for Locking Guitar Tuning Machines

Instructions for stringing Locking guitar Tuning Machines.

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    • 1954
    • 0.353 lbs. (0.16 kg)

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Gotoh Locking Tuners

(Customer's Reviews)

Everything is ok with the screws. Today I tried with hard maple. no problem. You just need to drill large enough hole.


Cheap...but not too cheerful

(Customer's Reviews)

I've used Gotoh locking tuners on may guitars in the past, but this is the first time I've used the ones from StewMac. All I can say about them is, buy the originals if you don't mind paying a bit extra.

First thing, everything the other reviewers say about the screws is correct. The supplied ones look ok, but are really not up to the job (and with so many negative comments. I drilled the correct pilot holes and the second one I tried to use sheared off flush with the hole. This meant using needle nose pliers to try and remove the broken thread causing damage to the hole. BUY REPLACEMENT SCREWS.

Next up is the quality of the actual tuner. These must be made under some kind of manufacturing license with less QC than the originals. The plating just looks cheap and too glossy - more chrome than nickel. Also, the holes drilled through the post are too small and it's very difficult to insert the string end.

I would not recommend these for fitting to anything other than a very cheap instrument.


works for my application

(Customer's Reviews)

very good tuner! and i did not experience problem with the screws.


Gotoh Locking Vintage Oval Knob Tuners - Nice!

(Customer's Reviews)

I read the reviews prior to making the purchase and followed the advice offered regarding the screws... so reused the existing screws. These tuners installed perfectly on my artist series Telecaster. No problems or issues. That really improved tune-ability and stability of being in tune. I really did not realize how much difference they could make. I only replaced the existing tuner because I just hated the slotted peg design. One thing I noticed about the Gotoh tuners is that some of them were stiffer to turn. I am a bit puzzled by this.


Very satisfied with Gotho Locking Vintage Oval Tuners

(Customer's Reviews)

I don't get what everyone is complaining about. The only way you twist screws apart is

(a) you have the wrong screwdriver, and /or
(b) your holes are not drilled deeply or large enough.

I put these on my Fender 59 Reissue Thin Skin Stratocaster that I got from Wildwood Guitars. The screws fit perfectly, and did NOT strip or break. The Ferrels were a bit skinnier than the originals, so I wrapped one layer of scotch tape around the ferrels, and they then fit perfectly.

In fact, the complaint the guy made about the tuner shafts leaning? He probably used his original ferrels! You have to use the ones supplied with the Gotohs. You can whammy HARD with these, and you stay in tune. I couldn't be more pleased. Thanks Stew-Mac for a great price on a great product.


Nice Tuners But Be Careful

(Customer's Reviews)

I second the other reviewers who said: DON'T USE THE PROVIDED SCREWS!!! I thought, "I'm more careful than most..." One screw snapped in half while screwing in. I had to bore out the hole. The tuners are pretty good. Each one feels slightly different than the next. They've got the look though.


Worst screws I've ever seen

(Customer's Reviews)

The tuners are fantastic. They function perfectly but the supplied screws are possibly THE worst I have ever seen. The head started stripping the closer I got to tightening them. Highly recommended you buy more screws when ordering these tuners.


Nice :)

(Customer's Reviews)

They look good.

I installed them with no problem, it had some small green stickers to indicate the 3 ones that are used for the lower strings, so you won't be making a mistake when installing them, nice touch.

The screws are a bit soft, even when using the exact size of screwdriver it needs, slip a little, and they get a bit damaged over time. I'll order the replacement screws in my next shipment.

Simple way of locking, simple instalation. It would be good to have 18:1 ratio, but it's good enough anyway.


Amazing Tuners!

(Customer's Reviews)

I just recently reliced my Fender American Tele, and wanted to go with a vintage tuner. HOLY COW these things are beautiful, easy to install, and hold a tune with out needing to stretch the strings! The ONLY reason I gave them 4 our of 5 stars is because the screws they came with are cheap aluminum and one broke off into my head stock. I bought the replacement screws from the StewMac website and they work great! I highly suggest these tuning pegs to anyone looking for a vintage look. Just order new screws to have peace at mind.


Bent towards bridge from tremolo

(Customer's Reviews)

I constructed a Warmoth Stratocaster with a Gotoh Wilkinson bridge. After installing these tuners, stringing up some 10-46 strings, and using my whammy for a week, the tuner posts that stick up through the headstock gradually bent towards the bridge: they are now no longer at a right angle to the headstock, especially the posts for the big strings - low E, A, and D. The tuner's structure did not hold up to the pressure of a Gotoh trem, it seems. I would have thought a Gotoh worked with a Gotoh, you know?

My buddy, who built his Strat with the same bridge and tuners I used, had this exact same problem.

That being said, these tuners seemed well constructed before the trem did them in, they looked awesome, and they'd probably be suitable for a Tele or hardtail Strat.

Stewmac's customer service is great - they are sending me some locking Grovers I chose and letting me mail these bent Gotohs back to Athens on their bill.

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