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Gotoh Vintage-style Oval Knob 6-In-Line Tuners

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Gotoh Vintage-style Oval Knob 6-In-Line Tuners Nickel

Nickel

Item # 0648
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Gotoh Vintage-style Oval Knob 6-In-Line Tuners Relic Nickel

Relic Nickel

Item # 0648-RN
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Gotoh Vintage-style Oval Knob 6-In-Line Tuners Gold

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Gotoh Vintage-style Oval Knob 6-In-Line Tuners

About This Item

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

Set of 6-in-line.

The oval knobs on these tuners are just like the ones found on electric and acoustic guitars manufactured in the late 1940s to present.

New tuners with vintage appeal: distressed look of the Relic Nickel plating is perfect for repairing old guitars, when shiny new hardware just won't do.

Includes mounting screws and round press-fit peghead bushings. Peghole spacing is 4-11/16" (119.06mm). 11/32" (8.73mm)-diameter pegholes required.

Also available: Special conversion bushings for installing tuning machines into 3/8" or 10mm pegholes, without redrilling.

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


Installation Tips

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.


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    • 0648
    • 0.3550 lbs. (0.16 kg)
    • 0648-G
    • 0.3615 lbs. (0.16 kg)
    • 0648-RN
    • 0.360 lbs. (0.16 kg)

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5.0

Gotoh Tuners on Squier Stratocaster 

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I have the Classic Vibe Stratocaster '50s Electric Guitar Item #519338000014000 from musicians friend. It kept going out of tune and I don't know what tuners it came with, so I put on the Gotoh's.

I read the previous complaints about screw quality, I don't think these people are drilling pilot holes. But it is true the holes for the original tuners are a little off from these tuners. I didn't have to plug the other hole, just drilled a very small pilot hole for the new screw location with the new tuners and they secured tightly. These tuners do not have nuts on the front to hold the collar in place, so I was a little worried that I would have the same issues with the original tuners, but trusted the brand. There are other tuner replacements that do have the nut on the front nut but looks like you need a jig or something to convert to those, like the fenders, since they have a couple nubs no each tuner back to align it correctly. Also, those tuners have the hole you feed the string through instead of feeding the end down the middle of the tuner which I like better.

I used the screws it came with, and had no issues. I also ordered extra screws but they just went in the drawer. These people must not be drilling pilot holes, and I don't know what kind of screws that small would bite into maple so I know you would definitely strip the head.

Second thing, these Gotoh tuners collars was a little smaller than what came with my strat, so they would just slip out of the hole. So, I took some epoxy, and used a pipe cleaner like a brush, and just brushed on a tiny bit around the collar and they seated perfectly. I don't plan on doing anything else with this guitar as far as tuners go, so I don't know how hard they would be to get out if you go down this path. They probably would come out with a few taps since you only need a tiny bit of epoxy, the collars are just probably under a mm diameter smaller than the original holes.

With all that done, I have played this guitar a lot and have never had to re-tune it after the modifications. It used to go out of tune after a few songs.

End results is I got what I was after, tuners not going out of tune. 5 stars. Definitely recommend over stock tuners which just said they were "Tuning Keys: Vintage-style tuning machines" for my strat. Guitar plays great.

Thanks StewMac!!!

4.0

Screws

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I installed these today on a Warmoth mustang/jaguar neck to be attached to a hand made body. I followed the directions, to include using a #44 drill, used soap on the threads and seated the screws w/o the machine heads, removed the screws and mounted the heads. Smooth as silk and no breakage. FYI, I used my drill press and 1-2-3 blocks so the holes are straight. I can't comment on functionality yet. That will come. Just wanted to put in my 2 cents worth.

5.0

Good upgrade for Squier Bullet

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I damaged two of the original tuners on my Japanese Squier Bullet. So this was a great find and an almost perfect fit. My particular Squier was drilled smaller than the standard 11/32 so I had to carefully ream the tops of the holes to fit the new bushings. After that the bushings tapped in easily with a rubber hammer. Plugged original screw holes with a small dowel and some wood glue. Aligned the new tuners. Marked and pre-drilled screw holes. Tightened everything up. New strings. The whole thing took just over an hour. I love the new tuners. They have a good feel to them and they look sharp.

5.0

Gotoh Vintage-style Oval Knob Tuners 6-In-Line

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Very nice tuner upgrade when installed on import guitars. On my recent install on a Squire guitar, I had to use the original screws and make slight adjustments to the tuner bodies (filing) as the original holes do not line up. Be aware.

4.0

Solid tuners

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The best vintage ovals I found till date. Could be little smoother. Does a solid job keeping the guitar in tune.

3.0

Gotoh Vintage-style Oval Knob Tuners 6-In-Line review

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I bought this set of tuners as an upgrade for my MIM Strat. The tuners are great! The screws supplied are GARBAGE!!! Every screw stripped out super easily- even with pilot holes pre-drilled. I couldn't believe how soft the metal was. Luckily, I had enough screws lying around to finish the job.
I don't mean to be a complainer. I love StewMac. I was just surprised that this was even an issue. Be prepared to supply your own screws.

3.0

Lousy Screws

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The tuners are fine, but the screws are awful -- four of them broke off in the pilot holes. No wonder StewMac is offering a screw extractor/plug cutter kit now. If you order these tuners, order after-market screws at the same time. Life's too short to spend time drilling out broken screws.

4.0

Can't really review

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These are very different from the tuners that came on my guitar, and in order to put them on, I will have to fill the old holes and redrill. I think I'm going to have to take it to a shop. They seem okay. They're FAR thinner, and don't look as solid as the ones on the guitar now (MIM strat). I have not decided for certain that I want to replace the ones on the guitar. They seem to work fine....

5.0

Gotoh Vintage Oval 6 In-Line

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Excellent tuners. Very little play, hold tune very well. Vintage look, modern feel.

5.0

Great tuners!

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I love Gotoh's version of these tuners. I needed these for my Tele-assembly project. Can't do this stuff without my Stew-Mac tools and parts.

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