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Golden Age Restoration Tuners for Slotted Peghead Guitar - Engraved Bell-end

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Golden Age Restoration Tuners for Slotted Peghead Guitar - Engraved Bell-end Relic nickel

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Golden Age Restoration Tuners for Slotted Peghead Guitar - Engraved Bell-end

About This Item

Pre-war tuners reborn! Our replica 3-on-plate tuners with distinctive engraved motif, as supplied by Waverly to guitar manufacturers from the 1920s to the '40s.

They feature authentic steel baseplates and ivoroid knobs, plus 15:1 gear ratio for better tuning than the originals.

Golden Age tuners are exclusively from Stewart-MacDonald, made with our eye for details and exact specifications.

"One of the goals of the John Renbourn Custom Artist Edition guitar is to reflect the classy simplicity of early Martin instruments. Golden Age tuners provided us with a high quality, economically-priced and highly appropriate choice!" —Dick Boak, Martin Guitars

Golden Age tuners are the rebirth of popular early 20th Century tuning machine designs, featuring simple steel plates and open gears. Replacements for the originals have long been sought by collectors and repairmen, to restore older guitars and improve their tuning. Our special relic nickel-finished versions complement vintage hardware and add an authentic look to reproduction guitars.

  • 15:1 gear ratio for improved tuning
  • Vintage-style riveted worm supports
  • Handsome grained ivoroid knobs; relic nickel tuners have knobs with a matte finish
  • .236" (6.00mm) string post diameter
  • Original mounting screw spacing (screws incuded)
  • 1-3/8" (34.93mm) string post spacing
  • Bright nickel or relic nickel finishes
Also available to fit solid pegheads.

"The Golden Age Restoration tuners are really great. I have just put them onto my 1929 Gibson L-1...I like the fact that someone went to the trouble of making them look right." —John Evans, Brussels Belgium

"Great tuners with the right look and feel! The only thing different about them is that they are better made and more functional." —Richard Barnes, Pomona CA

Installation Tips

Peghole spacing: Plate-mounted tuners can't work efficiently if the pegholes are improperly aligned. Our Tuning Machine Drill Jig for Slotted Pegheads ensures the correct 1-3/8" string roller spacing for accurate tuning.

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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    • 2508
    • 0.2580 lbs. (0.12 kg)
    • 2508-N
    • 0.2620 lbs. (0.12 kg)

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Posts were too long

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I chose these tuners for the restoration of my 1920's Regal, I needed a short post and even the 1 inch posts on these tuners were just a little too long. I filed about 1/16 off each post and they fit good. Nice looking and I love the 15 to 1 ratio.

4.0

Great look, great price.

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Grab a micrometer and triple-check before dropping them in.

5.0

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These look great and work perfect as replacements for our customer's Martin 000-15M.

3.0

Great replicas

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These are nicely done replicas, but I would prefer it if they had decided to make the buttons more yellowed looking so that they would also look aged.

5.0

excellent value

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I'm very happy with these tuners. The work and look wonderful and are very reasonably priced.

4.0

Golden age tuner

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Golden age slotted head tuner set is nice however, when installed on my 1930's Mauer guitar (such that the screw holes align) the tuner shaft turns backward like the Loar-era mandolin tuners do. Turning the tuners backward is awkward. Installing the tuners so the shafts turn in the traditional direction would require filling the existing screw holes and drilling new ones which I do not want to do on my vintage Mauer guitar.

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Golden Age Restoration Tuners for Slotted Peghead Guitar with Engraved Bell-end 

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These tuners have the high gear ratio we all prefer. They are precise and pleasing to the touch and the eye. They look great on any guitar but are especially appropriate for older ones. I put them on a 1958 Martin 00-21 (12-fret design, slotted headstock, 1 and 7/8 at nut, Sitka over Brazilian) and they look right. The buttons are grained faux ivory... lovely. Dick Boak of Martin Guitars gives them a thumbs up. If they're good enough for Dick, they're good enough for me! Highly recommended.

4.0

Beautiful, precision could be better

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I put these on a vintage 6-strings banjo, they really look very, very nice and fit well the vintage style of the instrument. Of course they do not have the precision of modern tuners but I can accept that for an oldie...

4.0

buttons

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I've just received the tuners...they're excellent...BUT...If you're going for aged nickel you're unlikely to want pure white buttons (even if they're called ivoroid) Golden Age 12 string six-a-side tuners have lovely yellowy buttons -not quite as good quality, but much better colour and very effective.

4.0

Great product, but needs a bit of improvement

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I used these tuners to upgrade the clunky stock tuners on a Washburn parlor guitar. They are beautiful tuners, well crafted, but fitting them pointed out a couple of problems.

First, the string posts are short. They barely spanned the width of the slot and reached the inner holes. They need to be 1/16 longer. Keep this in mind if your string slots are wider than normal.

Second, the wave washers at the base of the posts are larger diameter than the posts, themselves, so I had to countersink the post holes in the headstock to clear them. Fix these problems and I'd give you 5 stars.

The installed tuners do look great and work well. but the short posts give me cause for concern in the long run (on this guitar).

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