New tuner recommendations for 2012 Special

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  1. Billy B

    Billy B New Member

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    I don't want to mod the holes and screw positions if I don't have 2.
    I don't want to spend more than $45 USD.
    I just don't find any replacement tuners with that diagonal 2 screw mount...looked at Stew-Mac,Hipshot,Ebay and Epiphone doesn't seem to have a parts department on the website:/
    Some peeps say the stock tuners are not that bad but mine are complete ****...seriously.
    NOTHING smooth or accurate about them I'm afraid:(
    I found these:
    http://www.sporthitech.com/genuine-gotoh-mij-sd90-3x3-tuners-nickel-with-keystone-buttons/
    but...I will have new screw holes and the old ones will show...Yuck!
    What do you guys use???
     
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    bwotw Well-Known Member

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    The Hipshot tuners are great, lightweight and can come with a mounting plate system that allows you to install them without screws. Might be the way to go!
     
  3. Billy B

    Billy B New Member

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    Agreed...just cant find any in my price range:(
     
  4. Bill Moore

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    I recently picked up a stripped G-400, and ordered a hardware kit from STRATosphere for a Gibson SG. (I realize I'll have to get adapters for the bridge mounting)! The ($80) kit has Grover keystone tuners, look to be the same supplied with the Epi, and the same as on my Gibson SG. They have tuners also, and it looks like they are in your price range!
     
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    I've always liked a high gear ratio, like 18:1. It makes it easier to fine tune the pitch. I love my Grovers, but i did have to drill holes.
     
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    I like those Kluson style tuners (the Grovers). I have something similar on a Strat.
     
  9. Bill Moore

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    I too like the looks of them, but I already have holes for the keystone style on my SG project.
     
  10. Col Mustard

    Col Mustard Well-Known Member

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    I have a set of Epiphone brand Kluson style tuners that I took
    off my Epiphone Es-339. You can have them for $25. They are
    new, only used for a short time. PM me if you are interested.
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    They ought to fit right in the holes, but then you will need to drill
    new screw holes and fill the old ones. That is not difficult...
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    Wrap a piece of tape around your drill bit, so you don't drill
    deeper than 5mm, mark the spots carefully with an awl, or just
    a nail... Put a piece of tape over the finish of your guitar
    to prevent cracking and use a sharp new bit. Drill right through
    the tape.

    Fill the holes with a piece of dowel from a hardware store, or
    craft store. (Or even a match stick). Glue them in, sand them smooth, with care. They will still show, but not like gaping holes.
    A dab of paint or stain should reduce their visibility.
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  12. Bill Moore

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    I got the hardware kit today, the tuners fit great! (I'm waiting for some adapters to mount the bridge/stopbar).
     
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