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

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Golden Age Restoration Tuners for Solid Peghead Guitar with Square-end Standard post: relic nickel with matte cream knobs

Standard post: relic nickel with matte cream knobs

Item # 2500
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Golden Age Restoration Tuners for Solid Peghead Guitar with Square-end Standard post: relic nickel with matte black knobs

Standard post: relic nickel with matte black knobs

Item # 2500-B
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Golden Age Restoration Tuners for Solid Peghead Guitar with Square-end Short post model: relic nickel with matte cream knobs

Short post model: relic nickel with matte cream knobs

Item # 2520-RN
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Golden Age Restoration Tuners for Solid Peghead Guitar with Square-end Short post model: bright nickel with cream knobs

Short post model: bright nickel with cream knobs

Item # 2520-N
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$33.25

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

About This Item

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

Pre-war style tuners reborn!
Exclusively from Stewart-MacDonald, our replica 3-on-plate tuners featuring square worm supports on rectangular steel plates. Their improved 15:1 gear ratio provides better tuning than the originals, and our popular relic nickel finish complements vintage hardware.

Short string post also available: Original-style short string posts made especially for tapered-thickness solid pegheads, such as pre-war Gibson® L-0, L-00, J-45, J-35 and Nick Lucas 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. They add an authentic look to reproduction guitars.

  • 15:1 gear ratio for improved tuning
  • Vintage-style riveted worm supports
  • Original-shape knobs; relic nickel tuners have knobs with a matte finish
  • 0.236" (6.00mm) string post diameter
  • Press-fit peghead bushings
  • Original mounting screw spacing (screws included)
  • 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 #2066 Bushing Reamer (.290" 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.


    • Item #
    • Weight
    • 2500
    • 0.2740 lbs. (0.12 kg)
    • 2500-B
    • 0.2500 lbs. (0.11 kg)
    • 2520-N
    • 0.2600 lbs. (0.12 kg)
    • 2520-RN
    • 0.2600 lbs. (0.12 kg)

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Work great, look great....

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Used them as a drop-in replacement for the tuners that came on my '16 Gibson J-35. Aside from looking sharper, they tune smoothly. This is the fourth set of Golden Age Restoration tuners I've installed on my guitars over the past few years and I've yet to run into a problem. Fantastic product at a reasonable price.

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Replacement tuners for a1936 Oahu lap steel

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They fit beautifly, look authentic and work smoothly.

5.0

Authentic look!!

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A great replacement for my '30's Gibson!!

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Golden Age Restauration Tuners pour Solid Guitar chevillier avec Square-end

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Completed for the replacement on my Supertone . Really satisfied

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Golden Age Restoration Tuners for Solid Peghead

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These are a suitable replacement for the terrible stock tuners on my Gretsch Jim Dandy. The bottom screws will align, the second from the top will be at an angle (I did not refill/redrill or use at all) and a new hole must be drilled for the top screw (which I did). Thus, each of the plates are secured by 3 screws only. Stability is not a problem though. The design fits the guitar's vintage look and performance is good at this price point. Recommended!

5.0

Relic nickel 3 on a side tuners on a vintage 1935 L-00 acoustic

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Tuner barrels fit perfectly. The 1-3/8" between them dead nuts. Only thing I had to do was drill out two middle fastener holes 0.078" drill for the slotted screws.
These work great and what a nice smooth turn to the correct pitch!!! I recommend.

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Relic nickel with matte black knobs

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I replaced the original tuners on a 1940's Harmony Archtop. The new tuners installed without any issues and performed better than expected. Well worth the money!

5.0

Just a perfect product

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First, sorry for my poor english spoken.
The Golden Age restoration tuners fits just as originals for my Lapsteel Oahu 229K of 1939. She look like a young Lady again I order also the scallop end for my Gibson EH 125 and afer a little more work, it will be perfect. Thanks a lot. Great product who stay in tune and look fantastic,"as" the real one. Patrick

4.0

Thanks for making these available with short posts

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They are a great match for the vintage style instruments I am building, at a fair price for the quality. I haven't put strings in them yet, but I don't expect any issues.

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Golden Age Restoration Tuners for Solid Peghead plus black buttons.

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This is my second pair of Golden Age tuners I have bought. Aesthetically, they look great and even match the screw holes for my 1930's Gibson Kalamazoo. I also ordered the black tuner buttons in order to swap over the white ones as on the short post type they only offer with white. Mechanically a couple of the winders were quite stiff but when I added a bit of lube to the worm and cog that improved their working greatly. It's a shame they don't offer the same product only a slightly better mechanism. But for the price and look if you haven't got a lot of money to spend they are probably the best on the market. Getting the white buttons off by heating the shaft with a soldering iron was easy but getting the black ones on was a bit more tricky. In the end I used a small drill to widen out the slot on the inside of the button and filed a slight taper on the arm to assist it entering the button slot. After these small modifications and heating up the arm again they slid on quite easily. When I tried to get the first button on without doing this but just heating arm, the button started to bulge and wouldn't have looked nice if I continued. The buttons are advertised as fitting the Golden age tuners but from my experience think the slots should be made a tad wider.

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