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Golden Age Restoration Tuners for A-style Mandolin

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

Bright nickel, cream knobs

Item # 2505-N
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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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Golden Age Restoration Tuners for A-style Mandolin

About This Item

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:
• Pair of 4-left, 4-right tuning machines
• Press-fit peghead bushings
• 1920s-style mounting screws

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.

Installation Tips

Bushings: We recommend the #2066 Bushing Reamer (.290" diameter) to cut a clean, accurate counterbore for a professional job. Fit the press-fit tuner bushings correctly so your tuners will work smoothly.

Mounting screws: Pilot holes required. Installing delicate screws into hard wood requires great care and accuracy. We highly recommend the #1714 Depth-stop Drill Bit (3/32" bit) for the pilot hole before installing these screws. Lubricate the screw threads with cutting lubricant (also wax or a bar of soap) to reduce friction and help them thread properly.


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    • 2505
    • 0.3100 lbs. (0.14 kg)
    • 2505-N
    • 0.3160 lbs. (0.14 kg)
    • 2506
    • 0.3160 lbs. (0.14 kg)

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5.0

Appropriate for vintage mandolins

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I've put many early twentieth century Gibson A mandolins back in use from various states of dis-repair. While "all original" is important to collectors, from a player's point of view vintage tuners are often the most frustrating feature of a rescued relic. While it is possible to re-build them being able to replace them with authentic looking replacements that finction flawlessly--without requiring modification of the instrument--is a win all around. When I install these nicely built, attractive tuners I include the originals with the instrument. Any future collector can easily return the instrument to "original condition" if desired. These tuners fill an important niche elegantly and economically.

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Not quite right!

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I was impress with these tuners when they arrived but disappointed by the flimsy little collars that came with them which a. did not fit the existing peg holes and b. were very flimsy. Also, there is almost no point in creating new replacement tuners that don't have replaceable knobs, because those are the most likely things to break on a mando tuner. I ordered up a set of grovers right away and was delighted with what came, so you saved yourself there.

5.0

Significantly Better Than The Original Product of 100 Years Ago

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Having played Gibson mandolins for 50 years, I am relieved that there are now tuners that match the exact footprint of the original Gibson product. Between the gears being new, and significantly better machining than the tuners of 100 years ago, do your vintage Gibson mandolin a favor and upgrade to these Golden Age tuners. If they only made them with inlaid tuner knobs like my 1918 F-4...

4.0

Great tuner upgrade

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Installed a set of these tuners on a Flat Iron A style mandolin. Exact match to original spacing, and they look and work fine.

5.0

Glad I bought them!

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I've been using the original tuners on my 1920 Gibson A2 and they worked about as well as 96 year old tuners ought to. I replaced them with the Golden Age tuners and the fit was perfect. My mandolin now tunes very easily and stays in tune. The difference is like night and day. I'm very happy with this purchase!

4.0

Nice match to originals, but....

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Original tuners had ivoroid buttons. Maybe my Gibson has been altered at some point and not pure to the original factory set. The cream color looks OK but not as sweet. The "Relic" finish I mistakenly ordered at first looked like Walmart "antique"...really? Quite fake and cheap looking, I thought.
Tuners work nicely, a little break-in to get them smooth, but much better than the 1918 A-Style this mandolin has had for nearly 100 years!

5.0

Superbes mécaniques

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Superbes mécaniques pour restaurer une mandoline Kay ancienne. Allier le style et la modernité

5.0

happy with the product and the service

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but I would caution you to check the fit carefully- I did not recognize from the website that the older A-style Gibson mandos took a slightly different configuration, which necessitated my returning tuners for a different set.

5.0

Accurate Replacement

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Fit perfectly on a Gibson A-4 and A-2. Mounting screws are not exactly like originals but are slotted and fit.

5.0

Careful With That Bushing Eugene

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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

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