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

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

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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.


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

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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.

4.0

Good tuners

By

Verified Buyer


Replaced old tuners on a 1967 Gibson LGO. Screw holes were just a little off, but made it work. Good quality tuners.

5.0

A great looking, smooth operating upgrade for a 54-year old acoustic.

By

Verified Buyer


I bought these for a customer's 1964 Silvertone acoustic that came into my Guitar Rehab shop for a handful of miscellaneous repairs. The tuners not only function beautifully, their darkish-grey patina makes them a great match for this well-worn, well-used workhorse.

3.0

Mediocre Tuners

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Verified Buyer


Installed these tuners on a vintage Guild D35 acoustic. These tuners are okay but definitely not quality gearing and not worth the price. Go with the a name brand tuners a pay a little more.

5.0

Excellent replacement

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Verified Buyer


I purchased the tuners as a replacement to non standard turners that had been installed at some time in the past on my 1929 Gibson L-1 I inherited from my uncle. I did not purchase the direct copy, square end, to acknowledge the turners were not original but period correct. The tuners are drop in correct, no issues. The finish is close to the overall condition of the instrument, this is, and was, a loved and well played guitar.

5.0

Great replacement for a project.

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Verified Buyer


I bought these to replace the ones on a Harmony Soverign H-1203 that I was repairing for a customer. These are very good tuners for the price and stay in tune.

4.0

Nice Tuners.  Smooth turning and decent solid fitment.

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Verified Buyer


These tuners come with solid metal bushing, which is what makes them a bargain and worth installing on any compatible vintage guitar. They look great on Harmony Sovereign guitars. Must use a drill press to ream enlarged holes for the bushings. Don't do this with a hand drill! Leave as much 1/4 inch hole as you can. Also, check fitment with a micrometer (like 0447). The bushing hole must be just deep enough and of proper diameter for a mild friction fit. You want to avoid spliting the gear head wood. Select the correct or matching Stewmac reamer (such as 2062). When pressing in the guide, should use a 1/4 inch guide rod and a bearing driver or similiar on the rod to press in the guide.

5.0

Golden Age Restoration Tuners, solid peghead, scallop-end.

By

Verified Buyer


Direct fit for my '46 Epiphone Spartan. They work very well.

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