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Golden Age Restoration Guitar Tuners 3+3 Relic nickel

Relic nickel

Item # 2517
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$61.69

3 or more $54.90
Golden Age Restoration Guitar Tuners 3+3 Bright nickel

Bright nickel

Item # 2516
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$44.63

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Golden Age Restoration Guitar Tuners 3+3

About This Item

Our complete set of 6 replica tuners with "bent tab" worm supports, as supplied by Kluson to guitar manufacturers from the 1930s to the '70s.

They feature authentic steel baseplates and cream 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

Exclusively from Stewart-MacDonald, 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.

Relic nickel tuners have cream plastic knobs with a matte finish.
Bright nickel tuners have cream plastic knobs.

  • 15:1 gear ratio for improved tuning
  • Vintage-style riveted worm supports on steel baseplates
  • .236"-diameter (6mm) string post
  • Press-fit peghead bushings
  • Mounting screws included
  • Set of 6: 3 left/3-right
"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

"Superb function, aesthetics and detailing—these are clearly better made than the originals. A long-vacant niche is now filled at last."
—Paul Hostetter, luthier


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    • Weight
    • 2516
    • 0.2800 lbs. (0.13 kg)
    • 2517
    • 0.2800 lbs. (0.13 kg)

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Excellent Fit, Tuner Buttons Somewhat Small

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A couple of the original tuners on my '58 Hofner Senator were bent so I found these as a drop-in replacement. The dimensions of the Golden Age tuners were almost a perfect match including the 6mm diameter of the tuner shaft. That meant no unnecessary drilling or reaming of a prized old jazz guitar. One of the mounting screw holes lined up perfectly, and the other hole required filling in one of the original holes and drilling a tiny guide hole for the new mounting screw. The tuner itself feels a little tight and not as smooth turning compared to the German original and the white plastic tuner buttons are somewhat small and cheap looking. All in all it's a worthwhile investment and I'm happy that the work I did is reversible if I ever want to remount the original tuners.

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golden age guitar tuners

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Verified Buyer


I bought these golden age keys foe my old martin guitar that I had since
1948 when I bought it from a pawn shop for $65.00 dollars. These new
keys fit & look great and matches the old age look of my guitar. Very happy

5.0

Great tuners

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Very nice vintage replacements at a great price. Removed the cranky, binding tuners on a '43 and '45 Martin, and installed these. I can put my Vice Grips away now! Smooth and they look right!

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Look Right, Work Right

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What more can be said?

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Tip Top

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Thanks for your tip top service and quick mail-out of my requested item. The tuners are working well and were a good fit to the old footprint on the peg head. It's funny how much more weight the old ones have though, built like tanks, but the new ones are functioning a o k.and hopeful to run for many years to come.

Have ball and thank you,

Craig

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Kluson Golden Age Open Back Tuners

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Excellent replacements for pre-war Kluson open back tuners. The footprints matched the originals exactly.

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Great looking tuners

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Verified Buyer


I'm looking forward to installing these on a custom OOO cutaway I'm building.

5.0

Restoring a Multi-Kord

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I had to modify the tuners like the original had been and they fit perfectly. The guitar has never held a tuning like it does now. I wish I had done this earlier.

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Best repros I've found

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These tuners fit the exact profile of the long-gone original tuners on my '44 000-18. They look right, too, with their cream buttons. Excellent product!

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good fit

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Verified Buyer


These tuners fit my 1937 Rickenbacher Silver Hawaiian perfectly with no modification required! The shipping was very fast and the price was reasonable. They look and work great.

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