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Golden Age A-style Mandolin Tuners

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Golden Age A-style Mandolin Tuners Bright nickel with black knobs

Bright nickel with black knobs

Item # 2511-N
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Golden Age A-style Mandolin Tuners Relic nickel with black knobs

Relic nickel with black knobs

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Golden Age A-style Mandolin Tuners Relic brass with black knobs

Relic brass with black knobs

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Golden Age A-style Mandolin Tuners Bright nickel with ivoroid knobs

Bright nickel with ivoroid knobs

Item # 2512-N
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$70.80

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Golden Age A-style Mandolin Tuners Relic nickel with ivoroid knobs

Relic nickel with ivoroid knobs

Item # 2512-RN
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Golden Age A-style Mandolin Tuners Relic brass with ivoroid knobs

Relic brass with ivoroid knobs

Item # 2512-RB
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$78.80

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Golden Age A-style Mandolin Tuners

About This Item

Completely redesigned! Improved tuning for vintage-style mandolins, without giving up the authentic look.

Tired of fighting cantankerous old tuners but don't want to give up the vintage look? We have completely redesigned our Golden Age mandolin tuners! Under the direction of StewMac's Don MacRostie, renowned mandolin maker, we've brought back classic features of tuning machines from the pre-World War II era.

"Over the years we've tried every mandolin tuner under the sun. Of all the options, the Golden Age tuners have been the obvious choice for our mandolins." —Alex Rueb, Collings Guitars

F-style models also available.

The look of the old, the reliability of the new.
The look is more authentic than ever, but close-tolerance specifications, nylon worm bearings, and 15:1 gear ratio make Golden Age tuners smoother and more efficient than vintage machines ever were. Two optional relic finishes duplicate that "well-played" patina that makes most other modern tuners look johnny-come-lately on a vintage or reproduction instrument. The distinctive Loar-shape steel baseplates even have the same footprint and engraving as 1920s originals.

The details are 1920s too:
Old-style string post shape
Square worm supports
Straight-slot worm gear screws
Roundhead straight-slot mounting screws
Vintage-shape black or ivoroid knobs

Each set includes:
• Pair of 4-left, 4-right tuning machines
• Press-fit peghead bushings
• Mounting screws

Gear ratio15:1
String post diameter0.236" (6mm)
String post spacing29/32" standard (23mm)
Required peghole diameter.336" (8.53mm)

Installation Tips

Peghole spacing: Plate-mounted tuners can't work efficiently if the pegholes are improperly drilled. Our Mandolin Peghead Drill Jig ensures precise 29/32" spacing for accurate alignment for these tuning machines.

Bushings: We recommend the #2061 Bushing Reamer (.328" 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
    • 2511-N
    • 0.3400 lbs. (0.15 kg)
    • 2511-RB
    • 0.3400 lbs. (0.15 kg)
    • 2511-RN
    • 0.3400 lbs. (0.15 kg)
    • 2512-N
    • 0.3400 lbs. (0.15 kg)
    • 2512-RB
    • 0.3400 lbs. (0.15 kg)
    • 2512-RN
    • 0.3400 lbs. (0.15 kg)

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Good value, backlash and buttons a miss

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Good value, decent feeling machines. Baseplates and worms well fabricated. Bright nickel feels like it's galling under tension, and significant backlash to some gears. Knobs look cheap.
I prefer the feel of the "relic" version.

2.0

Not For Me

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I decided to try this tuner set as a change from the usual Grovers I install on my mandolin builds. Unfortunately, I am not impressed. For my taste, the tuning keys are too short, the ivaroid keys themselves too small, and the biggie--they are very difficult to turn, even before installing into the peghead. I won't buy this again.

5.0

Much improved

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I was unimpressed with earlier versions of these tuners, but Stew Mac have done their homework and the redesign has resulted in a much improved tuner. The latest 3 sets I bought are very smooth.

5.0

Golden Age Mandolin Tuners

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Aesthetically and functionally sound. I, and my customers love them.

4.0

Functional Tuners

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A bit crude but functional. Quite a bit of slop in the worm/gear set but do the job for cost conscious customers.

4.0

Look good and work well

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Replaced original tuners on an old Strad-O-Lin. I chose the least expensive bright nickel w/ black knobs. The black knobs have a nice vintage vibe and looked just right, and the tuners work well. The shaft spacing was just right. The quality level is about what you'd expect at this price. Too bad the ivoroid knob versions are so expensive.

5.0

Tuning problems on an antique mandolin

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This beautiful old mandolin was always difficult to tune due to the wear on the old machine heads. I didn't want the usual shiny chrome finish as it would spoil the original look of the instrument. The peg spacing was slightly different so I made a drilling jig (only later realising that StewMac offer one - part ref# 5007) and the Golden Age A-Style tuners went on a treat. The relic brass with black knobs gave the perfect antique look I was looking for and the instrument is now a delight to tune.

3.0

Golden Era A Tuners

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I thought I was losing my mind in that I buy these tuners for all my mandos and especially liked the improvements made during the recent times. However I usually buy the F style and love the detail as to removable knobs etc. In general they hold tune very well and are an attractive price point too. My recent pruchase was for A style and I was disapointed that the above mentioned detail was left off. One would think they would like to make money off folks who like custom knobs or simply want to change what came with the instrument. Alas this will not be the case.

Lastly I have had a couple of quality problems but Stew Mac makes it easy to exchange. So all in all good tuners which could be made a bit better in terms of detailing.

3.0

Disappointing

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I tried a set of bright nickel with black knobs Golden Age mandolin tuners as a cheaper alternative to Schaller ones, that I usually use. I didn't get very enthusiastic about the Golden Age tuners. I think the design and quality gap is greater than what the price difference would suggest. I will stick to Schaller tuners.

5.0

Golden Age tuners

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Used the tuners on a '56 Gibson A-50. Looks great, work better than the originals. Keep the strings in tune.

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