Waverly Guitar Tuners with Vintage Oval Knobs, for Solid Pegheads

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"The best tuning keys on the market."
—Tony Rice

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Waverly Guitar Tuners with Vintage Oval Knobs, for Solid Pegheads Nickel, 3L/3R

Nickel, 3L/3R

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Waverly Guitar Tuners with Vintage Oval Knobs, for Solid Pegheads Relic nickel, 3L/3R

Relic nickel, 3L/3R

Item # 4078
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"The best tuning keys on the market."
—Tony Rice

Waverly tuners offer modern precision with vintage style. The special relic nickel finish is perfect for vintage and reproduction guitars.

With Waverly tuners, your guitar plays in tune and stays in tune. Their acclaimed design, precise 16:1 gear ratio, long-life stainless steel/bronze construction, and smooth, reliable operation have made them the favorite of renowned guitarmakers and musicians for their finest instruments.

Martin, Gibson, Collings, Santa Cruz, Huss & Dalton, Sams, Bourgeois and other guitarmakers specify Waverly tuners for their top-line instruments.

Why do the pros choose Waverly tuners?

Smoother, more efficient tuning.
Waverly's renowned gear mechanism is second to none. Waverly tuners feature a proven, precisely machined design ensuring accurate, efficient gear alignment. Nylon worm gear bushings enhance the smooth feel. The result: looseness is eliminated—your guitar plays in tune and stays in tune.

Longer life with less wear.
Waverly's stainless steel worm gear and machined bronze alloy string post gear are more durable than the brass gears used in other tuners.

Vintage details.
The look is right at home on vintage-style instruments. Authentic "Vintage Oval" knobs (as found on the famous late-'30s Martin D-28 played by Clarence White and Tony Rice) are solid brass, not die-cast, with the historically-correct shape not found on other modern tuners.

The sturdy steel baseplates have the authentic 1930s footprint. String posts are vintage-style tapered 1/4"-diameter brass, with press-fit knurled brass hex bushings to fit 11/32"-diameter pegholes. Slot-head mounting screws complete the vintage look; there are no additional holes to drill on many older Martins.

The cure for sweet old guitars with cranky old tuners!
Waverly Relics make your vintage or reproduction instrument look and tune as good as it sounds. The special relic nickel finish has that authentic "played for 80 years" patina that makes shiny new tuners look out of place on a fine old guitar. Set of 3-left/3-right, with bushings and screws.

Conversion peghead bushings are also available for retrofitting Waverly tuners into larger Gotoh, Grover or Schaller pegholes, without doweling and redrilling. A Stewart-MacDonald exclusive!

Peghead Bushing Reamer for Waverly Guitar Tuners
Need the right fit? Our slow-speed Bushing Reamer cuts the correct 11/32" counterbore for trouble-free installation of Waverly press-fit peghead bushings.

Waverly Tuning Machines: The Choice of Renowned Guitarmakers
Bear Creek
Bedell Guitars
Froggy Bottom
Huss & Dalton
Paul Reed Smith     
Santa Cruz

"They hold their tune and look superb…of course I recommend Waverly." —Dick Boak, Martin Guitars

"Our favorite tuners." —Collings Guitars

"The best tuning keys on the market." —Tony Rice

"Anyone using a lesser tuner is making their life more difficult." —Jorma Kaukonen

"Fast and precise retuning on stage or in the studio is no longer a problem, and finally the tuning machines look as good as the instrument. What did we do before Waverlys?" —Steve James, Austin TX

"Fast tuning on stage or in the recording studio…smooth action and good weight." —Herb Pedersen

"They work as beautifully as they look. The very best!" —Jim Merrill, Merrill Guitars

"Simply the best tuners available for acoustic guitars—I wouldn't use anything else." —Dakota Dave Hull

"Like putting a Rolex on your guitar!" —M.J. Franks Guitars

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Waverly upgrade: replacing the factory tuners on your Martin

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    • 0.620 lbs. (0.28 kg)
    • 4078
    • 0.604 lbs. (0.27 kg)

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Waverly Guitar Tuners with Vintage Oval Knobs, for Solid Pegheads

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Martin OM-21


Just installed my Waverly oval knob tuners on my newish 2013 OM-21. They fitted like a dream without any mods. The new bushes were a snug push in fit, much better than the sloppy Martin ones. Such a great improvement both in function and looks. Thank you Stew-Mac! great service and a great product. Greg Giles Melbourne Australia.


Waverly relics

(Customer's Reviews)

I just installed these (vintage oval buttons) on my National Tricone Polychrome. I removed the horrible paint on it and took it down to the steel, and with filigrees of rust it looked like it was 100 years old, but the tuners were bright chrome. Putting these beautiful tuners on was just the trick to complete the 'restoration'! It sounds crazy, but removing the 'refrigerator paint' improved the tone and volume immensely, and the ancient look of the guitar matches the sound. The Waverlys are beautiful!



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I bought these tuners ( Waverly relic nickel) for my 1934 0-17 Martin. It fits and works great. Amazing delivery by DHL to Paris, France in 2 days! Thanks so much, Lionel


Waverly Tuners - Vinatge Oval Knobs

(Customer's Reviews)

I've replaced the original machines on my Martin 0-15m without any problems, they fit the original holes perfectly. They are marvelous! They work great. They look great. Love the oval buttons on the 0-15 - look like a work of art even the box they come in is impressive. Delivery time to Germany (3 days), package and the service and was sensational, support in fantastic speed and knowledge.Outstanding! Thanks¦ Stewart-MacDonald & team


Perfect, as usual. 

(Customer's Reviews)

As always, service from Stew-Mac was great. The Waverly tuners also are great. They not only look beautiful on the guitar, they perform better than any other brand of tuners I've ever used. I can't recommend Stew-Mac, or Waverly tuners, highly enough.


Waverly Tuners - Vinatge Oval Knobs

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I had heard the hype about these tuners for years and I thought to myself that there were NO tuners that were worth that kind on money. I WAS WRONG!! I finally tried a set on my Martin HD28V and have been so happy with them that I purchased a Butterbean set from Stew Mac for my D18V. BEST thing about them is MADE IN AMERICA!!! Thanks Stew Mac


Beautiful...with a caution.

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These were a perfect replacement for the big clutsty looking butterbean Grovers on my '66 Martin D18. What were they thinking? Be wary though, my tuner posts had washers beneath the bushing which protected the finish, so they looked different after years of getting no light. The Martin washers didn't fit over the posts so they had to be reamed out. If your Martin has these washers, your bushing alone won't cover the disparity in the finish, so you'll have to live with it or adapt the washer. Otherwise, they work as smooth as silk and are more balanced looking.


Great Tuners!

(Customer's Reviews)

We love these tuners at Koentopp Guitars. They are efficient, well built, and one of the lightest tuners available. Not to mention great looking too.


vintage looks-modern performance

(Customer's Reviews)

I've always wanted to try these tuners, so I used them to replace the Gotohs on my Martin D-18V. They fit the original holes perfectly, so installation was a snap. They're pricey, but smooth as can be, with no gear lash at all-quality stuff.

I had only one issue. On two of the tuners, the mounting plates weren't quite flat, so they didn't sit properly on the headstock surface. Fortunately, the plates are soft steel, so they were easy to flatten by clamping one end in a small vise, and using thumb pressure to bend them slightly. It's a small detail, but something to watch for.


Old for old... 

(Customer's Reviews)

Oval button relics were perfect to help revive a Harmony H78. Practically the same foot print as the original machines meant that careful reaming (for the larger bushings) placed the screw holes just right. They look like they've always been there but move like a dream.

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