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

Relic nickel

Item # 2508
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Golden Age Restoration Tuners for Slotted Peghead Guitar - Engraved Bell-end Bright nickel

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Item # 2508-N
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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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    • Weight
    • 2508
    • 0.258 lbs. (0.12 kg)
    • 2508-N
    • 0.262 lbs. (0.12 kg)

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excellent value

(Customer's Reviews)

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


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(Customer's Reviews)

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.


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

(Customer's Reviews)

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.

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