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 Relic nickel, cream knobs

Relic nickel, cream knobs

Item # 2505
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$60.40

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Golden Age Restoration Tuners for A-style Mandolin Bright nickel, cream knobs

Bright nickel, cream knobs

Item # 2505-N
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$46.60

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Golden Age Restoration Tuners for A-style Mandolin Relic nickel, ivoroid knobs

Relic nickel, ivoroid knobs

Item # 2506
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$84.70

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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.

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.


    • Item #
    • Weight
    • 2505
    • 0.310
    • 2505-N
    • 0.316
    • 2506
    • 0.316

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Careful With That Bushing Eugene

By The Dogman from West Allis,WI..USA
(Customer's Reviews) Wednesday, June 04, 2014


I have a Gibson 1923 A-3 mandolin and a 1918 H-1 Mandola. Both were getting impossible to tune so I decided to replace the tuners. I kept the old ones so If I ever part with them down the line, they will remain original. I wanted Waverly's but with the age of both my instruments that proved impossible due to the spacing. I wanted to preserve the instrument's integrity so I purchased the Golden Age machines for both. All was fine and dandy but for the included bushings which were a tad too big. I made the mistake of trying to force them and ended up cracking the head stock due to the compression pressure of the new bushings. I know it would have been just as easy to open the hole up a bit but I wanted the originals to fit if needed at a later date.I have since repaired everything and all looks and works fine. All I did was use the original bushings which fit the Golden Age machines perfectly. Everything looks and works like new or like used... but just a warning for you who have similar replacement problems... use your old bushings!!! Peace. Dogman

nice & simple

By ron hyde from wa.
(Customer's Reviews) Saturday, March 29, 2014


these tuners fit many prewar restorations for both A mandolins & mando-banjos / i also use them on new mandolins for a retro look and feel / my customers have only praise for their functionality

Golden Age tuner good but could still use some improvement

By Corrie Lochan Music from Alpine County, CA
(Customer's Reviews) Monday, August 05, 2013


I installed a set on my Gibson A3 whiteface. Relic finish much duller than originals, bright finish quite a bit shinier, but I went with bright. These tuners operate very smoothly before installation but become stiff when the strings pull the posts hard against the insides of the bushings. It helps to wind enough string onto the post so it can be guided down close to the bushing, thereby reducing leverage on the post. It would also help if the baseplates were stiffer. Thicker plates wouldn't materially affect the look, they'd resist distortion better, and help the posts remain upright. As it is, string loading bends them to the point I can see daylight under them between the screws (only a light string set, too). This pulls the gears away from the worms, causing play in adjustment and occasional slippage after tuning.

Great replacement

By B St. Pierre from Harpswell, Me
(Customer's Reviews) Wednesday, July 03, 2013


These are a great replacement for the 1920's tuners found on the older Gibson A's I have used a couple sets of these and they work and fit very well

Manjo is alive and well and staying in tune!

By Chris Cooper from Commerce, Mich.
(Customer's Reviews) Thursday, November 08, 2012


I just finished restoring a circa 1920 Mandolin Banjo, these tuners fit perfectly. As I had to replace the top lamination on the peg head anyway having to drill the slightly larger holes for the collar bushings was not a problem. Great product, looks good and functions great! Stew Mac comes through again!

Great replacements

By Mert Ozdemir from Istanbul, Turkey
(Customer's Reviews) Monday, May 14, 2012


I used them for a 50 years old mandolin. The repro relic nickel, cream knob models are almost like the originals. Great product.

Great Upgrade

By manodmaniac from athens, OH
(Customer's Reviews) Saturday, December 03, 2011


I was building my first mandolin, so I didn't want to spend too much for a tuner. I decided to buy a cheapie from Amazon for about $15. The mandolin turned out pretty goo except for the tuners, one of which broke in less than a month. I decided to upgrade to these. What a huge difference! These are silky smooth, arrived before I even expected them. Now, I'm building my second mando, and I'm thinking its worth the extra money!

Great replacements

By Celtic Cross Instruments from Victoria BC Canada
(Customer's Reviews) Monday, November 28, 2011


I'm restoring an early 30's national reso. mandolin.The tuners were shot and now you would be hard pressed to tell the repro relic nickel,cream knob models apart from the originals. Great product. Neil Russell

Golden age tuners/A Home Run

By knightstik from Sullivan, Missouri
(Customer's Reviews) Sunday, September 04, 2011


For years I have struggled with my Gibson A-4 tuners and have wondered why no one has addressed this issue. Stewmac finally did it and I took the bait with some concern. That concern was not an issue after I installed these tuners on my Gibson. It now stays in tune and you can actually and comfortably turn the tuners without having to lift weights for a year to be able to accomplish that task. They fit perfectly and they work perfectly. I guess that makes them perfect. Thank you very much and hope you get rich from selling them. Be sure to market these so we all know they are there.

Love these tuners

By Charlie from Portland from Portland
(Customer's Reviews) Monday, March 07, 2011


These tuners have changed my mandolin playing life. My beloved old Gibson A2 is still a boomer but now it tunes easily and surprise to me stays in tune much better. Very clean retrofit. Old tuners out and after a little fussing around the new tuners drop in. You must use the old original bushings as the new bushings will not drop into the headstock holes and the screw holes all line up. Also the Golden Age tuners are quite handsome. Why didn't I hear of these 20 years ago or has it been 30...Charlie

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