Waverly Guitar Tuners with Butterbean Knobs for Solid Pegheads

Waverly Guitar Tuners with Butterbean Knobs for Solid Pegheads

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Waverly Guitar Tuners with Butterbean Knobs for Solid Pegheads Nickel, 3L/3R

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Waverly Guitar Tuners with Butterbean Knobs for Solid Pegheads Gold, 3L/3R

Gold, 3L/3R

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Waverly Guitar Tuners with Butterbean Knobs for Solid Pegheads Relic nickel, 3L/3R

Relic nickel, 3L/3R

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Waverly Guitar Tuners with Butterbean Knobs for Solid Pegheads

About This Item

The choice of renowned guitarmakers for their finest instruments.
"They hold their tune and look superb…of course I recommend Waverly."—Dick Boak, Martin Guitars

With Waverly tuners, your guitar plays in tune and stays in tune. Their acclaimed design, precise 16:1 gear ratio, long-life stainless steel/bronze construction, and smooth, reliable operation have made them the favorite of renowned guitarmakers and musicians for their finest instruments.

Waverly tuners offer modern precision with vintage style. Try our relic nickel finish, an antique look for vintage and reproduction guitars.

Martin, Gibson, Collings, Santa Cruz, Huss & Dalton, Sams, Bourgeois and other guitarmakers specify Waverly tuners for their top-line instruments.

Why do the pros choose Waverly tuners?

Smoother, more efficient tuning.
Waverly's renowned gear mechanism is second to none. Waverly tuners feature a proven, precisely machined design ensuring accurate, efficient gear alignment. Nylon worm gear bushings enhance the smooth feel. The result: looseness is eliminated—your guitar plays in tune and stays in tune.

Longer life with less wear.
Waverly's stainless steel worm gear and machined bronze alloy string post gear are more durable than the brass gears used in other tuners.

Vintage details.
The look is right at home on vintage-style instruments. Authentic "Butterbean" knobs (a description coined by the late Martin historian Mike Longworth) are solid brass, not die-cast, with the historically-correct shape not found on other modern tuners.
  • Set of 6: 3-left/3-right
  • Mounting screws and bushings included
The sturdy steel baseplates have the authentic 1930s footprint. String posts are vintage-style tapered 1/4"-diameter brass, with press-fit knurled brass hex bushings to fit 11/32"-diameter pegholes. Slot-head mounting screws complete the vintage look; there are no additional holes to drill on many older Martins and Gibsons.

The cure for sweet old guitars with cranky old tuners!
Waverly Relics make your vintage or reproduction instrument look and tune as good as it sounds. The special relic nickel finish has that authentic "played for 80 years" patina that makes shiny new tuners look out of place on a fine old guitar.

Installation Tips

Bushings: Get the right fit! Use our slow-speed #2062 Bushing Reamer (.340" diameter) to cut a clean, accurate counterbore for a professional job.

Mounting screws: Pilot holes required. Installing delicate screws into hard wood requires great care and accuracy. We highly recommend the #1712 Depth-stop Drill Bit (5/64" 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.

Conversion peghead bushings are also available for retrofitting Waverly tuners into larger Gotoh, Grover or Schaller pegholes, without doweling and redrilling. A Stewart-MacDonald exclusive!

Waverly Tuning Machines: The Choice of Renowned Guitarmakers
Bear Creek
Bedell Guitars
Froggy Bottom
Huss & Dalton
Paul Reed Smith     
Santa Cruz

"They hold their tune and look superb…of course I recommend Waverly." —Dick Boak, Martin Guitars

"Our favorite tuners." —Collings Guitars

"The best tuning keys on the market." —Tony Rice

"Anyone using a lesser tuner is making their life more difficult." —Jorma Kaukonen

"Fast and precise retuning on stage or in the studio is no longer a problem, and finally the tuning machines look as good as the instrument. What did we do before Waverlys?" —Steve James, Austin TX

"Fast tuning on stage or in the recording studio…smooth action and good weight." —Herb Pedersen

"They work as beautifully as they look. The very best!" —Jim Merrill, Merrill Guitars

"Simply the best tuners available for acoustic guitars—I wouldn't use anything else." —Dakota Dave Hull

"Like putting a Rolex on your guitar!" —M.J. Franks Guitars

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Best Tuners I’ve used.


Verified Buyer

Beautiful tuners both in appearance and function. They are stable and function smoothly. Expensive, yes, but worth the cost. I’d recommend giving Waverlys a try.


Waverly tuning machines


Verified Buyer

These tuners are beautiful on my Martin 000-28 and they weigh a lot less than the Martin tuners
That came on it. I believe this may allow for even better resonance. I will never again settle for anything
Less than WAVERLY Tuners


An unexpected pleasure


Verified Buyer

I have had Waverly tuners on my favorite instrument for about twenty years now. They've been wonderful - indeed, they're part of why that guitar is my favorite, as they tune beautifully.

After twenty years, though, they'd been used enough that some of the adjusting bushings had either worn or loosened - and that's totally reasonable for an instrument that gets used more or less daily. Twenty years is a good lifespan for a hard-used tuner! Some of the nickel coating had worn, so the brass was visible too....they definitely looked used, although they mostly worked but for the increasing looseness.

Anyhow, I contacted Stew-Mac tech support to find out how to adjust the tuners a bit tighter, as I have one of the adjusting tools they used to sell, and was very pleasantly surprised to discover that the warranty on the tuners was lifetime, and covered replacement rather than adjustment. Larry, the tech support rep, told me about the policy and worked with me to get a set out, and I've replaced the older ones which were getting loose with a snug and comfortable new set.

Kudos to Stew-Mac for their customer service - this was, as I said above, a pleasant surprise, and it's reassuring to see how well they stand behind the products that they sell.


Replacement for worn out Waverly Tuning Machine


Verified Buyer

Josh was a great help resolving the problem with my Waverly tuning machine. I hoped for a replacement for the worn out tuning machine but imagine my surprise when I received an entire set of six and att no charge

The new set of tuners match the Waverly's I purchased from StewMac back in 1994 perfectly and I'm back in business again. My vintage (1943) Martin 000-21 want to thank Josh for all his help resolving the issue.

Regards -



The Finishing Touch


Verified Buyer

I purchased a set for my Martin HD-28V. For the life of me I don't know why the good people at Martin don't install Waverly tuning machines on their vintage series. So, as my own upgrade, I installed these myself with instructions from your website. Thank you all so much. It was truly the finishing touch to this awesome instrument.


Excellent vintage replacements with a caveat


Verified Buyer

First - they're superb. Smooth, accurate, no slop and I like the ratio.

But be aware they are NOT "drop-in replacements" for vintage Grover Sta-Tite tuners. They require either new mounting holes or modification to their own holes, The spacing is slightly wider than the vintage Grovers commonly found on 30's-40's Gibsons (like my L-7), Martins and others. They do, however, fit existing 1/4" bushings.

It's baffling to me why the mounting holes are not made to match Sta-Tites, which are (in my experience) the most common tuners replaced by Waverlys. The appearance - except for the gears - is otherwise identical, down to the shape of the mounting plates.

That was about a half-star's worth of deduction - the other half is due to slightly rough machining at the edges and inconsistent platting. I've installed quite a few of these over the years and they just don't seem quite as "smooth" or "pretty" as they used to be - and should be at the premium price.

Still an excellent product.


Love these tuners!


Verified Buyer

Smooth winding, consistent and predictable. Easy to install and well worth the price.
If I ruled the world, every great guitar would have Waverly tuners.


Outstanding tuners, of course.


Verified Buyer

I have a Martin R-17 that had original tuners that were not satisfactory. I bought these Waverly's in the old nickel finish and they work smoothly, were a very easy installation, and look appropriately vintage for this little Martin archtop guitar.


Excellent upgrade


Verified Buyer

Bought these to upgrade my Martin Eric Clapton 00028-ec tuners, the stock Martin ones were a little old and the shafts were a little loose and proper tuning was getting to be a bit hit and miss. Waverly was the only choice for me, have them on a Cort acoustic a quarter of the cost of the Martin and they are exceptional, worth the money? Let's see in a few years


Waverly Guitar Tuners


Verified Buyer

These tuners are the best, I have Waverly Tuners on every thing, I highly recommend them for every thing .

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