Golden Age Restoration Tuners for Solid Peghead Guitar with Scallop-end

Golden Age Restoration Tuners for Solid Peghead Guitar with Scallop-end

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Golden Age Restoration Tuners for Solid Peghead Guitar with Scallop-end Relic nickel

Relic nickel

Item # 2503
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Golden Age Restoration Tuners for Solid Peghead Guitar with Scallop-end Bright nickel

Bright nickel

Item # 2503-N
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Golden Age Restoration Tuners for Solid Peghead Guitar with Scallop-end

About This Item

Pre-war Kluson style tuners reborn! Replica 3-on-plate tuners with "bent tab" worm supports, as made by Kluson from the 1930s to the '70s.

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

Golden Age tuners are available exclusively from StewMac, made with our expert eye for details and exact specifications.

"People who build replica instruments or who do restoration or repair work are just going to love these."
—Frank Ford, vintage instrument repair expert

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.

Bright nickel tuners have original-shape white plastic knobs. Relic nickel tuners have the same knobs, but with a matte finish.
  • 15:1 gear ratio for improved tuning
  • Vintage-style riveted worm supports
  • .236" (6.00mm) string post diameter
  • Press-fit peghead bushings
  • Original mounting screw spacing (screws incuded)
  • 1-3/8" (34.93mm) string post spacing
Also available to fit slotted pegheads.

"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

Installation Tips

Peghole spacing: Plate-mounted tuners can't work efficiently if the pegholes are improperly aligned. Our Tuner Drill Jig ensures the correct 1-3/8" post spacing for accurate tuning.

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 #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.



CALIFORNIA PROPOSITION 65 WARNING
WARNING: Cancer and Reproductive Harm - www.P65Warnings.ca.gov.


    • Item #
    • Weight
    • 2503
    • 0.2960 lbs. (0.13 kg)
    • 2503-N
    • 0.2980 lbs. (0.14 kg)
    • 2526
    • 0.000 lbs. (0 kg)
    • 2526-N
    • 0.000 lbs. (0 kg)

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5.0

near perfect resto tuning machines......

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these tuners have great fit and feel ,the holes lined up perfectly with the original holes on my 1967 Gibson LG0 .nice aged look ,except the keys are white and needed to be amber / brown lacquered to match the look of the original 50 year old keys which took a few days extra time and effort.

5.0

Good Vintage-looking Tuners

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Verified Buyer


I've used these (bright nickel) on most of the lap steels I've made - they are nice and light, have a good vintage look and seem to work really well. No complaints at all at this price... When the original tuners on my 1940s Kay flattop eventually give up the ghost (as they are threatening to do at any moment) I'll get a set of these in relic nickel for that too...

4.0

A little different than originals

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A little different but they seem to work pretty well on my 1948 Gibson LG2. Want to point out a few things. The scalloped end backs are a near perfect match to the old, corroded chrome ones. Also, the mounting screw holes lined up perfectly.

Different diameters of the shafts. The old shafts measure 6.26 mm dia while the Golden Age shafts measure 5.91 mm. I don't know if they will tend to bend in the extra annular space or not. Not too worried about it but we'll see. If I had used the new ferrules this problem might have been eliminated but I reused the old ferrules for two reasons. First, I didn't want to ream out the holes in the headstock, which would have been needed. The old tuners still work but the pearly buttons are starting to chip away. Second the new ferrules have a higher profile above the top of the headstock which interferes ever so slightly with the eye in the shaft for both E strings. (It's a tapered headstock, hence less reveal of the shaft at the E strings.

As others suggested I dulled the bright white buttons with brown shoe polish. First I roughed them up with 320 sand paper (400 would have been better I think but I didn't have any). Then I applied a smidgen of brown shoe polish using a q-tip for the hard to reach bottom area. Then I used the sandpaper again to get rid of the streaks or randomize them. If I sanded too hard and a spot looked too white, I just added more polish and evened it out again. I went with an off white effect and am happy with how it looks.

Now I don't have to worry about breaking the old buttons every time I change strings. Wonderful to have this choice.

4.0

excellent purchase for the price-point.

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Verified Buyer


i purchased these tuners for a 1960 gibson LG-0. visually, the tuning machines are stunning - the metal parts and the knobs each have a great finish and feel. the posts fit perfectly, without fuss. the only reason i didn't give a full 5 stars is the mounting holes on the plates are not a perfect match to the original mounting holes (but they're very close) - i would have preferred to have the mounting screws line up perfectly with the existing holes on the guitar. overall, i got the plates on without struggling too much. the tuners function very well to keep the guitar in tune.

5.0

Great old-style tuners.

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Verified Buyer


These are going on a c1945-46 Kay Imperial jumbo archtop I'm restoring. They're a little bright, but the "vintage" set has *too* much "wear" for what I wanted. I'll smudge the nickel a bit and rub a little color into the knobs and they'll be very close to the original set.

5.0

Golden Age Restoration Tuners

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Verified Buyer


Exceeded my expectations. Tuners look great and seem to work just fine while restoring my old LG-0 to its original look.

4.0

Good to have handy....

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Verified Buyer


I restore vintage instruments and many of them need new tuners, and it's great having good looking solid tuners to bring back the mojo (-;

5.0

Great fit.

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Verified Buyer


I have used these Golden Age tuners several times to replace some damaged old 3 on a plate tuners and have had great luck with all the original holes and posts matching up.

5.0

Great period correct replacement turners.

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Verified Buyer


I bought these to replace my original turners on my 63 Harmony Rocket and they work great. I had to pilot some screw holes to line up just right, but that was an easy fix. Be sure to get the correct drill bit for the peg head bushings to avoid chipping the peg head for a clean install.

4.0

Silva loves the new pegs.

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Verified Buyer


I discovered Jerry Rosa of Rosa String Works in YouTube and his superfine work, submitted so elegantly in YT, and his down-home style and humility inspired me to rebuild a 60s Sears Silvertone guitar that I found in the eighties for an eventual rebuild. The tuners on the guitar were trashed (Jerry would have fixed them - I didn't know that that was possible at the time) and so I covered, on foot, the Hollywood and West Hollywood guitar stores and nobody had tuners for my Silva. Jerry had mentioned StewMac a few times and intimated that their stuff was good and not cheap. Having searched the internet for hours I realized that my clever search parameters kept bringing me back to StewMac ("Harmony style tuners") and I finally realized that the tuners in the photos in StewMac were indeed what I was looking for. I had spent a week sculpting a new nut for my Silva and she deserved the best I could find. The tuners arrived in 3 days and though I live in an iffy delivery location (UPS and FedEx sometimes just leave a note on the apartment lobby door when they don't find a way in) I lucked out and the package was literally at my door (as opposed to mailbox - USPS is my preference). I installed the well-made tuners (I am a "maker", after all) with no problem and I momentarily cursed StewMac for using slot-head screws instead of Philips and I realized that the tuners would probably never be removed so I engaged the finesse required for tiny slot-head screws which happened to be the perfect size (slightly larger than the original screws). Long story longer the Silvertone is now playable for the first time in 40 or 50 years and due to typical Silvertone action (I'll dress the frets and rebuild the bridge someday, or not - no truss rod!) I now posses a superfine slide guitar and yes, this beautiful Silvertone sounds great and is quite tunable. Thank you StewMac.

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