Vintage-style Tuner Knobs

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Resurrect those old tuners and guitars!
Perfect replacements for deteriorating vintage instrument tuner knobs. Sold individually.

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Vintage-style Tuner Knobs Cream

Cream

Item # 0111
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$1.83

12 or more $1.56
36 or more $1.28
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Vintage-style Tuner Knobs Black

Black

Item # 0111-B
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$1.83

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Vintage-style Tuner Knobs Ivoroid

Ivoroid

Item # 0112
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$2.99

12 or more $2.54
36 or more $2.09
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Vintage-style Tuner Knobs White

White

Item # 0113
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$1.73

12 or more $1.47
36 or more $1.21
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Vintage-style Tuner Knobs Ebony

Ebony

Item # 0144
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$2.48

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36 or more $1.74
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Installing tuner knobs

Dan Erlewine replaces rotted old tuner knobs, and shows a neat trick with a drill press!


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Resurrect those old tuners and guitars!
Perfect replacements for deteriorating vintage instrument tuner knobs. Sold individually.

All knobs are 11/16" x 9/16".

Knob description Hole description
#0111
20s-style cream
3/32" x 5/32" rectangular hole with rounded ends
Cream knobs are used on Golden Age Restoration Tuners
#0111-B
20s-style black
3/32" x 5/32" rectangular hole with rounded ends
Black knobs can be used on Golden Age Restoration Tuners
#0112
Grained ivoroid
3/32"-diameter round hole
Ivoroid knobs are used on Waverly Guitar Tuning Machines
#0113
White plastic
5/64" x 9/64" rectangular hole with rounded ends
White knobs are used on Vintage-style 3-on-Plate Tuners
#0144
Black ebony
3/32"-diameter round shaft hole
Ebony knobs are used on Waverly Guitar Tuning Machines

See pictures for close-ups of the shaft holes.

Replacing tuner knobs is a simple repair, we recommend these instructions to guide you.

Color-matching Cream Parts and Bindings
There have always been slight variations in the color of the cream plastic parts used on Gibson and other guitars. It's not uncommon to see brand new and vintage guitars with bindings, pickup rings, toggle switch rings and pickguards that don't perfectly match in color. We do our best to match all our cream products, but there's no absolute control from batch to batch, or from supplier to supplier.


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Not for "vintage"

By Blackplates from Aberdeen Md.
(Customer's Reviews) Thursday, October 16, 2014


These (white) buttons are made of some modern vinyl/ABS construction material which CAN - NOT - BE - MELTED - ONTO - THE - SHAFT in the traditional way. The traditional ("vintage") way is to heat the buttons in boiling water then press them onto a heated shaft..This stuff LAUGHS at the boling point, my friend, and if you heated the old vintage kluson shaft to hot enough to soften one of these things, the shaft would melt first....

Put new knobs on that thing

By Commissioner from Norfolk, VA
(Customer's Reviews) Sunday, February 09, 2014


These knobs look like the original vintage Kluson knobs. I was a little apprehensive to do the install but I watched the video and did it that way. I recommend using the video method and ordering an extra knob or two in case you goof one up. A good vise and patience are key elements. I got good results and they all crank fine and look original (cream color).

Tuner knobs

By MED from Delray, FL
(Customer's Reviews) Sunday, January 12, 2014


Great product. I recommend following procedure shown by Dan Erlewine.

Finishing Touch

By StevieB from Essex, England
(Customer's Reviews) Wednesday, September 25, 2013


Repaired a late 19th century Italian parlour guitar which had a very thin headstock. Managed to find tuners which fitted, but the only problem was the buttons had long gone. Thanks to these on StewMac I have a wonderful guitar which will be playable for many years to come. Easy to fit and they look really good.

They're Great!

By Cherry Picker Guitars from London, Ontario, Canada
(Customer's Reviews) Friday, June 07, 2013


The perfect finishing touch on the restoration of my personal 1958, Gretsch lap-steel.
They look fantastic - and work well, too!

Great

By TisDale Custom Guitars from Renton, WA, USA
(Customer's Reviews) Sunday, April 14, 2013


Replaced to tuners on a vintage dulicmer guitar, looked great. easy to use.

Knobs

By Glue from New York
(Customer's Reviews) Saturday, December 29, 2012


I've used StewMac replacement knobs for five of my antique instruments. Two old Martins, a Gibson, an old Kay mandolin and even a 130-year-old Czech harp guitar. All of them need customizing of the hole (various drill sizes), and I read from one luthier that heating the buttons in near-boiling water softens the plastic so it won't crack. Pressing it together in my vise solves the problem with no glue needed.

cream tuner buttons!

By retrorod from outer banks, NC
(Customer's Reviews) Tuesday, November 27, 2012


Having used the white tuner buttons to overhaul Kluson tuners in the past, I decided to try the cream buttons for a 'vintage' look. I was a bit dissapointed in that the shaft seems to 'show-through' the buttons. It seems that the cream buttons are more translucent than the white ones. Just an observation! Rod

Ivoroid Pegs

By AlanQ from United Kingdom
(Customer's Reviews) Sunday, November 11, 2012


Just right for my 1900 Windsor Artiste zither banjo which is under restoration. Needed some minor modification to fit, but exactly the right size and 'feel'. Fast international shipping as usual. Most satisfied, thanks!

Perfect fix for crumbly 50s tuner buttons

By Bryan P. from Knoxville, TN
(Customer's Reviews) Thursday, September 27, 2012


These took more effort to push on than I expected. I heated the shaft and pushed them on, but I wish I had taken the tuners off the guitar and used a clamp or press to push them on. They work great though and look perfect!

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