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

Relic nickel, cream knobs

Item # 2505
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Golden Age Restoration Tuners for A-style Mandolin Bright nickel, cream knobs

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

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
    • 0.000 lbs. (0 kg)

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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.

4.0

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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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Verified Buyer


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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Verified Buyer


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

5.0

Golden Age Restoration Tuners for A-style Mandolin-Also fit A-Junior

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Verified Buyer


I bought these for my 1924ish Gibson A-Junior mandolin. And they fit great. The posts are a little taller (1/4 inch) than the old tuners, but looks and works great.

5.0

my grandfather's mandolin

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Verified Buyer


The golden age restoration tuners made my 1915 Gibson A playable again. The original tuners were mush. The metal work and gears were a perfect match. The color of the pegs, right on. They have a different finish from the originals, but small price to pay. I did have to replace the bushings - originals did not fit, but they came with the kit and again they look great and now it works. Thanks to StuMac for having such a perfect replacement. I've never done this before, but I took my time and it went well.

5.0

Restoration Tuners

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Verified Buyer


Worked great as a straight drop in replacement on my 1921 A2

5.0

Not just for Gibson

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Verified Buyer


I really thank Stew-Mac for making these available. They are often the only option when preserving the original appearance and format along with restoring functionality is essential to conserving a valuable vintage/antique instrument with "reverse" gears and wide post spacing.

There are only so many sets of old original tuners out there, they can cost two to three times as much, and there is no telling how worn they may already be or how much longer they will last. These should be considered an acceptable and appropriate replacement for original machines. If you need to use a different set of bushings to accommodate a particular situation, so be it.

I prefer to use the plain nickel finish and let it age in its own time, over the relic finish which to me is unconvincing. When I restore an old instrument with good original tuners, I clean them, as I do the rest of the instrument, and minus the dirt and grime, they are usually fairly shiny underneath.

I have also found these to be a good fit on a Weymann "Mandolute" and an early Lyon & Healy bowl-back, both of which had the same wider post spacing and the worm-below format.

5.0

Golden Age pre-1925 A-style tuners.....

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Verified Buyer


What a lifesaver here. Got my 1923 Gibson A-3 at an estate sale with no hardware. Tried every set of tuners I had and then saw this set in the StewMac catalog along with the info. A check with the steel rule and my problem was solved. They work great and look fantastic.

5.0

Appropriate for vintage mandolins

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Verified Buyer


I've put many early twentieth century Gibson A mandolins back in use from various states of dis-repair. While "all original" is important to collectors, from a player's point of view vintage tuners are often the most frustrating feature of a rescued relic. While it is possible to re-build them being able to replace them with authentic looking replacements that finction flawlessly--without requiring modification of the instrument--is a win all around. When I install these nicely built, attractive tuners I include the originals with the instrument. Any future collector can easily return the instrument to "original condition" if desired. These tuners fill an important niche elegantly and economically.

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