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Golden Age F-style Mandolin Tuners

Golden Age F-style Mandolin Tuners

Golden Age F-style Mandolin Tuners Bright nickel with black knobs

Bright nickel with black knobs

Item # 2509-N
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$72.98

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Golden Age F-style Mandolin Tuners Relic nickel with black knobs

Relic nickel with black knobs

Item # 2509-RN
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$89.90

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Golden Age F-style Mandolin Tuners Relic brass with black knobs

Relic brass with black knobs

Item # 2509-RB
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$82.91

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Golden Age F-style Mandolin Tuners Bright nickel with ivoroid knobs

Bright nickel with ivoroid knobs

Item # 2510-N
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$95.72

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Golden Age F-style Mandolin Tuners Relic nickel with ivoroid knobs

Relic nickel with ivoroid knobs

Item # 2510-RN
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$112.33

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Golden Age F-style Mandolin Tuners Relic brass with ivoroid knobs

Relic brass with ivoroid knobs

Item # 2510-RB
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$105.36

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Golden Age F-style Mandolin Tuners

About This Item

Completely redesigned! Improved tuning for vintage-style mandolins, without giving up the authentic look.

Tired of fighting cantankerous old tuners but don't want to give up the vintage look? We have completely redesigned our Golden Age mandolin tuners! Under the direction of StewMac's Don MacRostie, renowned mandolin maker, we've brought back classic features of tuning machines from the pre-World War II era.

A-style models also available.

The look of the old, the reliability of the new.
The look is more authentic than ever, but close-tolerance specifications, nylon worm bearings, and 15:1 gear ratio make Golden Age tuners smoother and more efficient than vintage machines ever were. Two optional relic finishes duplicate that "well-played" patina that makes most other modern tuners look johnny-come-lately on a vintage or reproduction instrument. The distinctive Loar-shape steel baseplates even have the same footprint and engraving as 1920s originals.

The details are 1920s too:
Old-style string post shape
Square worm supports
Straight-slot worm gear screws
Roundhead straight-slot mounting screws
Removable black or ivoroid knobs with vintage shape

Each set includes:
• Pair of 4-left, 4-right tuning machines
• Press-fit peghead bushings
• Mounting screws
Gear ratio15:1
String post diameter0.236" (6mm)
String post spacing29/32" standard (23mm)
Required peghole diameter.336" (8.53mm)


Installation Tips

Peghole spacing: Plate-mounted tuners can't work efficiently if the pegholes are improperly drilled. Our Mandolin Peghead Drill Jig ensures precise 29/32" spacing for accurate alignment for these tuning machines.

Bushings: We recommend the #2061 Bushing Reamer (.328" 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
    • 2509-G
    • 0.000 lbs. (0 kg)
    • 2509-N
    • 0.3400 lbs. (0.15 kg)
    • 2509-RB
    • 0.3400 lbs. (0.15 kg)
    • 2509-RN
    • 0.3400 lbs. (0.15 kg)
    • 2510-G
    • 0.000 lbs. (0 kg)
    • 2510-N
    • 0.3400 lbs. (0.15 kg)
    • 2510-RB
    • 0.3400 lbs. (0.15 kg)
    • 2510-RN
    • 0.3400 lbs. (0.15 kg)

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5.0
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5.0

Golden Age F5 mandolin Tuners

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Verified Buyer


Long story short.. I had to return a set of A5 turners that was sent instead of the F5 tuners
I needed to complete my F5 kit build. No problem....The Golden Age tuners look great.

You guys rock...Phil parker

5.0

Excellent for vintage replacements as well as for newly constructed vintage style mandolins.

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Verified Buyer


My go-to tuners for my mandolins have always been Schallers, Grovers and Schaller GrandTune. I recently built two vintage appearing mandos which I used these machines on and they really fit the bill. I used the relic brass with black buttons and the relic nickle with black buttons. The machines are well constructed, sturdy and smooth operating. I've ordered two more sets of machines in anticipation of future builds.

4.0

Tuners are very nice

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Verified Buyer


I bought these to replace cheaper tuners on my Eastman MD 315. They strong, smooth and look very nice. I am not a luthier and the replacement did not go as smoothly as I hoped. I used a small hammer and hole punch to remove the old bushings and that worked ok. The new bushings did not fit tightly into the tuner holes and the the three set screws per side did not match the 5 screws in the Eastman. I did not feel up to drilling and filling new pilot holes into my mandolin so I brought to a profession who finished the job for me without further fuss. Overall I love the tuners but would not recommend do-it-yourself replacement if you are a rookie at repairs. Thank you Stew Mac for the prompt delivery and service.

5.0

New tuners fit great

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Verified Buyer


My wife's custom made Mandolin had some cheap tuners that broke so I replaced them with something much much better. Thanks

5.0

As easy as changing strings. Almost.

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Verified Buyer


Fit my Eastman MD515 perfectly. The center mounting screw can reuse the existing mounting hole from the old Schaller tuners. The other two holes need pilot drilling . I used a 1.5 mm (1/16 ") drill bit to a depth about 3/4 of the new screw length ... careful ... don't drill all the way through.

The post hole centers line up perfectly, post height above the headstock seems about the same, operation is smooth with no binding or backlash.

Longevity ??? Ask me in a few years.

In case you're wondering, I replaced the tuners because of a frozen G string tuner. Seems a shame to replace all eight but that's life for us mandolin guys.

4.5 stars because of the need for pilot holes, but I'll round up to 5.

5.0

Golden Age F-style Mandolin Tuners

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Verified Buyer


Very accurate and handsome, these tuners really do the job!

5.0

Great tuners

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Verified Buyer


I've used the Golden Age tuners for all of my mandolin builds so far. I like the vintage relic look and they work great. The ones on my first F5 are holding up nicely after 5 years of use!----Jason Sloan Sloan mandolins- Florida

5.0

Beautiful tuners

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Verified Buyer


I bought these to replace the tuners on a Gibson F4 from the twenties. My only wish is that they also made them in the old Gibson spacing. I was able to carefully plug the old holes with same grain direction plugs I turned on the lathe and drill them to the new spacing. I had a little touch up on the face but no chips. The mounting screw holes were a perfect match to the old ones, so no plugging on the back side. Well made tuners that work like a charm.

5.0

Customer remains King with StewMac

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Verified Buyer


I guess I am an extreme hobbyist in that I have made 43 mandolin type instruments and give them away to friends and pickers I admire. To that end, I have had a couple of run-ins with the early versions of the remodeled Golden Age tuners. One pair I lived with for a couple of years because I loved the mandolin's aesthetic so much I left it as a wall hanger. Well I took it down and one of the gears gave out. I wrote to StewMac and they exchanged it no cost, no hassle and the new version works beautifully. It seems they really worked out the kinks and I will return to using Golden Age again. Now I play that instrument all the time and I am pleased to say that StewMac really provides top quality parts and unusually high value service. A great company and a friend of the luthier and pickers.

4.0

Good Tuner Value

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Verified Buyer


I found the tuners to be as advertised. The fit, finish were good with relatively smooth operation.

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