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Golden Age Restoration Tuners for A-style Mandolin

Golden Age Restoration Tuners for A-style Mandolin

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

Relic nickel, cream knobs

Item # 2505
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$77.89

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

Bright nickel, cream knobs

Item # 2505-N
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$60.13

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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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$107.09

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

Relic nickel, black knobs

Item # 2523-B
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$74.18

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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 #
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    • 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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5.0

Awesome!

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Perfect replacements for my 1908 Gibson A. Look great, fit perfect, best of all they function sooo much better. Highly recommend!

5.0

GOLDEN AGE RESTORATION TUNERS FOR A-SYLE MANDOLIN

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WELL SATISTISFIED WITH THE TUNERS. LOOKS JUST LIKE THE ORIGINAL ONES. THANK YOU

5.0

Great match!

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Put these on a 1921 Gibson that was in for restoration. Look perfect with the Mandolin and the customer loves them!

5.0

Perfect Replacements. Gibson 1918 style A

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These tuners fit flawlessly, except for the post bushings. They were wider and longer than the originals. I simply used the old bushings and it was no problem. It actually looks very cool with brass bushings and nickel tuning posts. The finer gear ratio is a massive improvement over the original tuners as well.

5.0

great product

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fit perfectly on old gibson A model

4.0

Functionally great, but...

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...almost wisht I'd ordered the shiny, new looking ones, and if there is a next time, I likely will. The "aged" ones do not succeed in the least at resembling any old tuners I have ever seen. Now I know. However, they operate flawlessly and put my 1925 Gibson back in giggable condition.

5.0

Tuners

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Fast delivery. Excellent fit. Easily installed.

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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Verified Buyer


Perfect fit for my Gibson mandolin

4.0

New tuning keys after 100 years

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Verified Buyer


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.

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