Golden Age Restoration Tuners for Slotted Peghead Guitar - Scallop-end

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

Relic nickel

Item # 2504
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3 or more $41.12
Golden Age Restoration Tuners for Slotted Peghead Guitar - Scallop-end Bright nickel

Bright nickel

Item # 2504-N
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3 or more $32.66
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Golden Age Restoration Tuners for Slotted Peghead Guitar - Scallop-end

About This Item

Pre-war Kluson style tuners reborn! Replica 3-on-plate tuners with "bent tab" worm supports, as made by Kluson from the 1930s to the '70s.

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

Golden Age tuners are available exclusively from StewMac, made with our expert eye for details and exact specifications.

"People who build replica instruments or who do restoration or repair work are just going to love these." —Frank Ford, vintage instrument repair expert

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.

Bright nickel tuners have original-shape white plastic knobs. Relic nickel tuners have the same knobs, but with a matte finish.

  • 15:1 gear ratio for improved tuning
  • Vintage-style riveted worm supports
  • .236" (6.00mm) string post diameter
  • Original mounting screw spacing (screws incuded)
  • 1-3/8" (34.93mm) string post spacing
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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    • Weight
    • 2504
    • 0.2660 lbs. (0.12 kg)
    • 2504-N
    • 0.2700 lbs. (0.12 kg)

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Purchased Golden Age Restoration Tuners for Slotted Peghead

(Customer's Reviews)

Very happy with these! The fit was perfect and the service was great.


Perfect Fit

(Customer's Reviews)

The plastic buttons on the original tuners on my 1930's Oahu Lap Steel Guitar had virtually dissolved from age and needed replacement. The Golden Age Restoration Tuners I purchased from Stew-Mac were a perfect fit and almost exact replicas of the originals. They were a snap to install. The guitar is now playable again and the new tuners work better than the originals.


Be aware the buttons are VIVID White, so not especially vintage-looking

(Customer's Reviews)

These tuners seem to be of high quality - haven't installed them yet, but don't anticipate any problems there. The one surprise is how very, VERY white the buttons are. Seems a bit odd on something that's meant to look vintage - they won't match my bone nut & saddle unless I find a way to stain them. Of course, I can either try to stain them or I can send them back. Hoping the stain will work. Just know - they look like the picture and, depending on your monitor adjustment, you may not be able to tell how bright the buttons are, so be warned.


Worked Great

(Customer's Reviews)

These tuners were a drop in replacement for my 70s OMI square neck Dobro (which had cheapo tuners). Even the screw holes lined up and they are much more stable. Plus they look great!


Excellent Manufacture But Needs Choice of Cream-Color Buttons & In-Between Nickel Plating

(Customer's Reviews)

The machines work quite smoothly -- I installed them on my Cigano GJ-15 Grande Bouche Gypsy Jazz Guitar -- much better than the cheap set it came with.

I only wish the buttons were not brilliant white. Having an option with a cream-color button would be ideal. I know, I know...I can, and probably will age them, but still.

Also would be nice to have a third finish option somewhere between the bright nickel, which is really, really shiny, and the relic nickel, which IMO, is a bit heavy handed.


Fair, not more.

(Customer's Reviews)

They're... fine. They arrived today and fit the cheap guitar I need to deliver tomorrow. But, the buttons are the most godawful blinding-white White around -- not the softer ivory/parchment you might think it is from the pictures. Bummed, but no other option. StewMac? You've been around long enough and get so many things so, so right -- I feel like you should have already known better.


A change for the better - 

(Customer's Reviews)

The cast pot metal tuners on my new Recording King Tricone where not good. I swapped them for a set of Golden Age Restoration Tuners - Oh so very nice now! The first time I used Golden Age Tunes was on my A22 Rickenbacher lap steel, perfect match.


Nice Tuners, great price

(Customer's Reviews)

I bought these to replace the tuners on my new Holloway Harp guitar. They fit perfectly without any adjustment and are superior to the originals. Tuning is smooth and accurate. Highly recommended for direct replacement on the Holloway.

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