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Golden Age Restoration Guitar Tuners 3+3 Relic nickel

Relic nickel

Item # 2517
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Golden Age Restoration Guitar Tuners 3+3 Bright nickel

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Item # 2516
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Golden Age Restoration Guitar Tuners 3+3

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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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4.0

Better than what they replaced.

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I'm using these on the low end Yamaha JR-1, the ratio of the stock tuners made tuning sort of hit or miss. These are fine for the job, and the screw holes lined up perfectly.

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Golden Age Restoration Guitar Tuners 3+3

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Bought these to replace the original wartime tuners on my '45 0-17. To keep the look correct, I eschewed the supplied bushings and the new tuners fit perfectly, shaft and screw holes. I just replaced the old Grovers on my 000-18 with Waverley's and these, while adequate and better than the originals, are not in the same league. But, they were the only tuners I could find that were plug-in-play as far as matching the look of the old ones and the fit. To be fair, they were also about one third the price of the Waverly's. A welcome choice, all in all.

5.0

Just right for my old Gibson

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These look great on my '47 Gibson SJ. Very like the originals but better made. The supplied bushings don't fit, so I need to look around for some that fit.

5.0

Golden Age open gear tuners

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Verified Buyer


Exactly what I needed to dress up a new-ish Martin dreadnaught and give it a nicer vibe.
I had to ream the guitars post holes ever so slightly but otherwise the tuners were a great fit and operate very well.
Happy customer!

5.0

Golden Age Tuners

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Verified Buyer


These are the stock tuners on my Martin 00L-17, no complaints and they look classy. Some people have mentioned the small size of the tuner buttons but their size never bothered me. Like them so much I bought them as an upgrade tuner for one of my other acoustic guitars.

4.0

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.

4.0

Replacement for Original 1936 Gibson L50 Tuners

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Verified Buyer


Excellent tuners. I had recently got a hold of a 1936 full body Gibson L50 archtop and the aged ones look pretty close to the originals I replaced. Here's the down side. I had to bore the shaft holes on the headstock a little wider in order for them to fit. They don't just drop in.

5.0

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!

5.0

Look Right, Work Right

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