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Golden Age Restoration Tuners

for Slotted Peghead Guitar
with Engraved Bell-end


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Pre-war tuners reborn! Our replica 3-on-plate tuners with distinctive engraved motif, as supplied by Waverly to guitar manufacturers from the 1920s to the '40s.

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Golden Age Restoration Tuners for Slotted Peghead Guitar with Engraved Bell-end
 
  Item# Description In stock Price Quantity
2508 Relic nickel Yes
$73.30
3 or more $65.97  

2508-N Bright nickel Yes
$62.40
3 or more $56.16  


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They feature authentic steel baseplates and ivoroid knobs, plus 15:1 gear ratio for better tuning than the originals.

Golden Age tuners are exclusively from Stewart-MacDonald, made with our eye for details and exact specifications.

"One of the goals of the John Renbourn Custom Artist Edition guitar is to reflect the classy simplicity of early Martin instruments. Golden Age tuners provided us with a high quality, economically-priced and highly appropriate choice!" —Dick Boak, Martin 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. Our special relic nickel-finished versions complement vintage hardware and add an authentic look to reproduction guitars.

  • 15:1 gear ratio for improved tuning
  • Vintage-style riveted worm supports
  • Handsome grained ivoroid knobs; relic nickel tuners have knobs with a matte finish
  • .236" (6.00mm) string post diameter
  • Original mounting screw spacing (screws incuded)
  • 1-3/8" (34.93mm) string post spacing
  • Bright nickel or relic nickel finishes

Also available to fit solid pegheads.

Note: Plate-mounted tuners can't work efficiently if the pegholes are improperly aligned. Our Tuner Drill Jig ensures the correct spacing for accurate tuning.

"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

To be sure these tuners fit your instrument, compare your existing machines and peghole dimensions to our listed specs to help determine the best replacement.
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Golden Age Restoration Tuners for Slotted Peghead Guitar with Engraved Bell-end
Golden Age Restoration Tuners for Slotted Peghead Guitar with Engraved Bell-end
 
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4 2-12-2014
Golden age tuner

Golden age slotted head tuner set is nice however, when installed on my 1930's Mauer guitar (such that the screw holes align) the tuner shaft turns backward like the Loar-era mandolin tuners do. Turning the tuners backward is awkward. Installing the tuners so the shafts turn in the traditional direction would require filling the existing screw holes and drilling new ones which I do not want to do on my vintage Mauer guitar.

Ron N  Owens crossroads al
5 2-04-2014
Golden Age Restoration Tuners for Slotted Peghead Guitar with Engraved Bell-end

These tuners have the high gear ratio we all prefer. They are precise and pleasing to the touch and the eye. They look great on any guitar but are especially appropriate for older ones. I put them on a 1958 Martin 00-21 (12-fret design, slotted headstock, 1 and 7/8 at nut, Sitka over Brazilian) and they look right. The buttons are grained faux ivory... lovely. Dick Boak of Martin Guitars gives them a thumbs up. If they're good enough for Dick, they're good enough for me! Highly recommended.

Geoff Bartley  Boston
4 11-21-2012
Beautiful, precision could be better

I put these on a vintage 6-strings banjo, they really look very, very nice and fit well the vintage style of the instrument. Of course they do not have the precision of modern tuners but I can accept that for an oldie...

EricD  France
4 8-14-2012
buttons

I've just received the tuners...they're excellent...BUT...If you're going for aged nickel you're unlikely to want pure white buttons (even if they're called ivoroid) Golden Age 12 string six-a-side tuners have lovely yellowy buttons -not quite as good quality, but much better colour and very effective.

jae  england
4 2-04-2012
Great product, but needs a bit of improvement

I used these tuners to upgrade the clunky stock tuners on a Washburn parlor guitar. They are beautiful tuners, well crafted, but fitting them pointed out a couple of problems.

First, the string posts are short. They barely spanned the width of the slot and reached the inner holes. They need to be 1/16 longer. Keep this in mind if your string slots are wider than normal.

Second, the wave washers at the base of the posts are larger diameter than the posts, themselves, so I had to countersink the post holes in the headstock to clear them. Fix these problems and I'd give you 5 stars.

The installed tuners do look great and work well. but the short posts give me cause for concern in the long run (on this guitar).

Uncle Gary  upstate NY Read my reviews (8)
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4 11-02-2011
Great tuners

These are beautiful tuners and they appropriate very well with the peghead which I developed.
And I also think they are a littlebit short and might have been 5mm (0.19") longer. Hopefully they will last for a long time.
The service of StewMac is good I think.

This guitar won the 3th price of the acoustic guitars last saturday at the Dutch Guitarbuildersmeeting and it's my first one.

Regards Bluewey

HP Guitars Bluewey  Holland EU
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4 7-15-2011
Near perfect match

Used to replace the tuners on my 1973 Model 66 Dobro. Required a few mods to fit (slight increase/drilling for peg hole, only 2 of 3 mounting holes had alignment), but it ended up working fine. Nice retro look, work better than the old ones.

EADGBE  Idaho Falls, ID
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5 4-10-2011
Excellant 2508 Relic

These fit,work,and look great on my 1941 Martin 00-18G.

Ken Summers  Sebring, Florida
5 3-28-2011
Vintage tuners

I have used these tuners on a repro French style 19th century classical salon guitar and they look just right. Great value for money, and good looking tuners.

Shaun Newman  Crediton, Devon, England Read my reviews (3)
5 3-01-2011
Golden age tuners for a golden age steel

When the original tuners on my 1930 National Style 4 squareneck joined their ohana in the sky, I was at a loss for what to use as replacements. At the time, I went with the Waverley "3 on a plate" tuners as they were the closest option. Though they are notably the finest tuner available, they always seemed out of place on the National. Partly due to the National's misaligned pegholes and the Waverley's .249 post diameter, the Waverley's never really fit.

What a blessing the Golden Age tuners are. Though they are not the same engraving as the original tuners, they drop right in, and the relic finish matches well with the 80 year old well loved nickel plating of my National. In short; I love these tuners and so does my Golden Age National :-)

John Fay  Paauilo, Hawaii
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