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Golden Age Restoration Tuners for Solid Peghead Guitar with Scallop-end

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

Relic nickel

Item # 2503
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Golden Age Restoration Tuners for Solid Peghead Guitar with Scallop-end Bright nickel

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Golden Age Restoration Tuners for Solid Peghead Guitar with 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
  • Press-fit peghead bushings
  • Original mounting screw spacing (screws incuded)
  • 1-3/8" (34.93mm) string post spacing
Also available to fit slotted 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 Tuner Drill Jig ensures the correct 1-3/8" post spacing for accurate tuning.

Bushings: We recommend the #2062 Bushing Reamer (.340" diameter) to cut a clean, accurate counterbore for a professional job. Fit the press-fit tuner bushings correctly so your tuners will work smoothly.

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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    • 2503
    • 0.2960 lbs. (0.13 kg)
    • 2503-N
    • 0.2980 lbs. (0.14 kg)

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1940? GIBSON LAP STEEL GUITAR

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This lap steel is in perfect condiction except tuning machines were bent. Yours fit perfect and since I play this one I wanted it to work .

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For 1942 Gretsch American Orchestra Model 50

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The plate and mounting holes perfectly matched the imprint and holes from the original tuners. These tuners work very well and helped made this project a success. I'd LOVE to see cream and black buttons offered.

4.0

Nice tuners

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I used the relic nickel tuners to replace the pre-war Klusons on a 1940 Harmony Patrician. The fit was perfect, but the knobs were too white. I used some Golden Yellow Rit dye to give the knobs some patina so the new tuners didn't look out of place on the old guitar.

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perfect replacement

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Replaced the tuners on a 1944 Epiphone archtop and these look great and even the screw holes lined up. I replaced the white knobs with StewMac black plastic to match the originals. These tuners fit the oblong/rectangular hole knobs, so the black or cream ones will fit.

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Restoration Machine Heads

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Swapped out my original Grover-V138N for the #2503 heads on my 2011 RNJ-25. It was a perfect swap out. I used the original bushings from the Grovers and it took all of 5 minutes. Great 15:1 accuracy!

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Relic tuners a little too bright

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The finish was way too bright to approximate an aged appearance. Also the tuners came with the thick bushings which did not fit my "Banner" LG-2. Luckily I had some vintage style bushings.

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gibson LG-2 looking for tuners

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british blues icon ian siegal's 1943 gibson LG-2 benefitted from these restoration tuners besides other minor operations. the old lady will stay in tune for the next 70 years.

5.0

Wonderful product!

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The only thing is the BRIGHT white buttons. Need cream & black. Great product for new builds or (with some stain) vintage guitars.

4.0

Very nice.

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I needed tuners for a 193(6) Gibson L-30 archtop who's original tuners were long gone. I was quite pleased that these matched ALMOST perfectly. The screw holes align perfectly, and the radii of the scalloped ends match EXACTLY to the original's imprint.
Sadly, one of the eight mounting screws was half the length of the others, but I'm sure Stew Mac will correct this for me.
A relic'ed option for the buttons would have garnered a 5 star rating, as the white is a bit stark in contrast to the relic nickel finish.
Still, highly recommended tuners. Very smooth operation, good finish, and accurately reproduced.

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Golden Age Plate Tuners

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They look real nice on the Guitar I just finish. I'm glad to see you now have single 3 x 3 tuners of the same.

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