Golden Age Restoration Tuners for A-style Mandolin

Golden Age Restoration Tuners for A-style Mandolin

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Golden Age Restoration Tuners for A-style Mandolin Relic nickel, cream knobs

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Golden Age Restoration Tuners for A-style Mandolin Bright nickel, cream knobs

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Golden Age Restoration Tuners for A-style Mandolin Relic nickel, ivoroid knobs

Relic nickel, ivoroid knobs

Item # 2506
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Golden Age Restoration Tuners for A-style Mandolin Relic nickel, black knobs
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Relic nickel, black knobs

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Golden Age Restoration Tuners for A-style Mandolin

About This Item

The early 1900s look is reborn! Long-awaited replacements for the A-style tuners used by Gibson and other makers from the 1910s until 1925.

The "worm gear under string post" configuration and wider vintage post spacing is ideal for restoring older mandolins and improving their tuning, and for making modern replica instruments more authentic. Our relic nickel finish version has the right look to complement vintage hardware.

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

Special note about string spacing! These tuners feature historically-correct (1910s-1925) .931" string post spacing. This is wider than standard .906" (29/32") spacing. Please measure your mandolin's string post spacing before you order.

Steel baseplates feature the original early 1900s shape, incised "tread stripes," and vintage-style square riveted worm supports.

Each set includes:
• Pair of 4-left, 4-right tuning machines
• Press-fit peghead bushings
• 1920s-style mounting screws
Gear ratio 15:1
Bushing diameter .283" (7.19mm)
String post diameter 0.236" (6mm)
String post spacing Early 1920s .931" (23.65mm)

These replica tuners have special spacing for vintage Gibson and other makes before World War II. Please be aware that our standard spacing drill jig will not align accurate holes for these tuners.

Installation Tips

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.



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    • Item #
    • Weight
    • 2505
    • 0.3100 lbs. (0.14 kg)
    • 2505-N
    • 0.3160 lbs. (0.14 kg)
    • 2506
    • 0.3160 lbs. (0.14 kg)
    • 2523-B
    • 0.315 lbs. (0.14 kg)

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4.0

Ni Mando Tuners, as pictured very flat grey metallic, antique looks.

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Good upgrade replacement tuners for antique look.

5.0

Worked Great!

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Perfect fit for my Gibson mandolin

4.0

New tuning keys after 100 years

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I'm pretty sure that the tuners on my Gibson A style mandolin were the original ones from 1916. I'm a guitar player who owns a mandolin for the occasional gig, so it wasn't a big thing that the pegs slipped and the keys turned the opposite way from what my intuition would have dictated. Still, after my brother bought an F-style with Waverlys, I started looking for some way of improveming mine and settled on the Golden Age set. Gigantic improvement in finding and holding pitch! I even indulged myself and installed them so that the keys turn the way it feels like they should.

5.0

hassle free in my case

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They fit right into a 1921 Gibson A-2, using the existing bushings, with no problem. They function very well.

5.0

Great fit

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These fit my 1912 Gibson A mandolin perfectly.

5.0

restoration tuners

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These tuners used with the supplied bushings fit '17 A-1 Gibson. The old tuners were beyond any tweeks. Restoration tuners need a little lube and elbow grease before installing. Only wish bright nickel and ivoroid was available.

5.0

Golden Age Restoration Tuners

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I have a nearly pristine 1916 or '17 Gibson A1 mandolin. It had the original tuners still. Some of the tuners were extremely difficult to turn and some had 'flat spots' where the tuner would seemingly turn freely for a bit before acting on the string tension. After fussing with them for an hour one day, I concluded there were no easy fixes. The Golden Age Restoration relic nickel tuners are nearly an exact replica of the originals. They come with a new set of screws and bushings. After removing the old tuners, we tried inserting the new ones in the original tuner bushings, but they wouldn't go. I believe this may have been part of the problem. Removing the old bushings was fairly easy, and the replacements had to be pressed in - we used blocks of wood on either side and C-clamp to gradually push the new ones in. That was the only delicate part of the whole installation. The new tuners dropped right in to the new bushings after that, and all the screw holes lined up perfectly. A trained eye might be able to see the difference, but unless you do a side-by-side comparison of the old and new, you can't see much difference. The new StewMac tuners work perfectly. I'm happy for having made the purchase.

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I changed out the original tuners on my 1916 Gibson A. The dimensions were almost perfect, and I was able to reuse 7 of the original 8 bushings. The new tuners are a big improvement over the 102 year-old originals (which hadn't had much use in my 60 years of owning the "A", which I inherited from my dad), but still not as smooth as the Grover Guitar tuners and planetary banjo tuners I'm used to on other instruments. It took few days for them to "settle in", and they do stay in tune better than the originals. In the photo, the originals are on the bottom, the new Golden Age is on the top.

5.0

Fit my 1917 Gibson A

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A little bit of work to fit the bushing on the front but a perfect fit. Even the screw holes look be up.

Very happy to get my old 1917 Gibson A playing again. The only issue is the posts tilt under tension and create some sloppiness. I will have to play around to take the play out of the tuners.

5.0

Golden Age tuners for 1917 Gibson A-2 mandolin fit perfectly

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These tuners required no adaptions. They simply replaced the originals without drilling or changing anything. They work great and the Ivoriod tuners look authentic!

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