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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

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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

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

my grandfather's mandolin

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The golden age restoration tuners made my 1915 Gibson A playable again. The original tuners were mush. The metal work and gears were a perfect match. The color of the pegs, right on. They have a different finish from the originals, but small price to pay. I did have to replace the bushings - originals did not fit, but they came with the kit and again they look great and now it works. Thanks to StuMac for having such a perfect replacement. I've never done this before, but I took my time and it went well.

5.0

Restoration Tuners

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Worked great as a straight drop in replacement on my 1921 A2

5.0

Not just for Gibson

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I really thank Stew-Mac for making these available. They are often the only option when preserving the original appearance and format along with restoring functionality is essential to conserving a valuable vintage/antique instrument with "reverse" gears and wide post spacing.

There are only so many sets of old original tuners out there, they can cost two to three times as much, and there is no telling how worn they may already be or how much longer they will last. These should be considered an acceptable and appropriate replacement for original machines. If you need to use a different set of bushings to accommodate a particular situation, so be it.

I prefer to use the plain nickel finish and let it age in its own time, over the relic finish which to me is unconvincing. When I restore an old instrument with good original tuners, I clean them, as I do the rest of the instrument, and minus the dirt and grime, they are usually fairly shiny underneath.

I have also found these to be a good fit on a Weymann "Mandolute" and an early Lyon & Healy bowl-back, both of which had the same wider post spacing and the worm-below format.

5.0

Golden Age pre-1925 A-style tuners.....

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What a lifesaver here. Got my 1923 Gibson A-3 at an estate sale with no hardware. Tried every set of tuners I had and then saw this set in the StewMac catalog along with the info. A check with the steel rule and my problem was solved. They work great and look fantastic.

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!

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