Gotoh Locking Vintage Oval Knob 6-In-Line Tuners

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Gotoh Locking Vintage Oval Knob 6-In-Line Tuners

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Gotoh Locking Vintage Oval Knob 6-In-Line Tuners

About This Item

Locking versions of the classic oval knob, stamped housing tuners found on vintage Fender® guitars. For 6-in-line pegheads.

6-in-line locking tuners that are the perfect upgrade for old or new Fenders with "Kluson-style" tuners — they're a direct retrofit!

These fine reproductions feature old style stamped gear housings, but have modern improved 15:1 gearing for smoother, more precise action.

All sets include mounting screws and round press-fit peghead bushings. Peghole spacing is 4-11/16" (119.06mm). 11/32" (8.73mm)-diameter pegholes required. Please note that 3 of the tuners have a green decal on the back of the machine. These 3 machines have a smaller diameter string hole, and are to be used with the unwound (G,B,E) strings.


Installation Tips

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 #1713 Depth-stop Drill Bit (No.44 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.

Use #2062 Reamer to install these bushings:

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Product Instructions

String Mounting Instructions for Locking Guitar Tuning Machines

Instructions for stringing Locking guitar Tuning Machines.

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    • 1954
    • 0.353 lbs. (0.16 kg)

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(Customer's Reviews)

These look vintage and that is nice. The locking mechanism is poor, basically a sleeve you screw down onto the post of the tuner. It can very easily get lost and requires a screwdriver. The slot heads are shallow and the slot edges quickly become chewed up. Save your money. Also no lefty.


Stiff and not the same as Fender packaged Gotoh.

(Customer's Reviews)

First off, these came in a generic plastic bag, and say Gotoh nowhere. The action of the tuners was stiff and inconsistent from one tuner to the other.

As for sizing, I bought these for my Fender American Vintage '59. They would not fit with the existing bushings because the post is narrower than the stock vintage tuner. The bushings that came with the Gotoh were to small and deep to install in the Fender without plugging the holes and redrilling them.

I ended up getting the Fender branded Gotoh and the bushings that came with them were the right size to install in the Fender neck without modification. Also, the Fender branded were less stiff and more consistent.


Great, quick, easy and cheap.

(Customer's Reviews)

I put this on a Classic Vibe 60s neck. I had read the reviews and so I knew that with the Kluson style vintage tuners I had on them only these would fit without having to do any adjustments.

Indeed, I knew that I would have to heat up the original bushings to get them out of the Classic Vibe and then route larger holes to fit any of the heavy duty locking tuners.

I had also read the warnings about the poor quality screws which come with this product so I forewarned I was also forearmed.

I installed these leaving the original bushings in and reusing the original screws.

Ridiculously simple and a perfect fit for this type of guitar. Changing strings on a conventional guitar is more difficult than INSTALLING these new locking tuners.

They work great for mind tremolo work but I would probably feel better with some of the heavier duty lockers if I were doing lots of dive bombs. These tuners also don't add any mass to the headstock like the more expensive ones do, so you don't benefit from the improved sustain which MIGHT come along with that extra mass. - But then again you aren't losing anything from your conventional tuners either.

I would recommend these to anyone looking for quick string changing and a bit better stability for conservative tremolo work.

I would add that, for me, installing a graphtech nut made greater difference in tuning stability than did the locking tuners.

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