'69 Special

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  1. astav

    astav New Member

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    Howdy friends. Just scored this beaut. Ultra clean and plays like a dream. Finally. Any suggestions for replacement tuners? It's got some spongy non-original Schallers on it that just don't do the job.

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  2. Mike McLenison

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    My inferior Klusons stay perfectly in tune. It's all in how you string'em up! Make sure you're overlapping correctly within the first turn!
     
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    sgtbeefheart Well-Known Member

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    If you find what you need, and you're gonna chuck the Schallers,
    I have a set exactly the same that's missing one of the round chrome
    back covers.

    I'd be very happy if you could send me one. :)
     
  4. astav

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    Maybe (hopefully) that's it. I haven't restrung the guitar since I got it, so I'll give that a shot first. Thanks Mike.

    Sarge, I'll definitely send one your way if/when I swap 'em out. Do you know how old/which model these are? Yours work fine it seems...
     
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    Definitely try restringing if it looks like that may be part of the problem; I suggest the new Klusons from WD guitar products; they seem to work very well and would look pretty authentic on an SG Special. I love those guitars....as you can see in my avatar pic from 1977.
     
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    sgtbeefheart Well-Known Member

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    [quote author=astav link=topic=20696.msg249150#msg249150 date=1275316804]
    Maybe (hopefully) that's it. I haven't restrung the guitar since I got it, so I'll give that a shot first. Thanks Mike.

    Sarge, I'll definitely send one your way if/when I swap 'em out. Do you know how old/which model these are? Yours work fine it seems...
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    Thanks for the kind response astav.

    Mine are from the mid '70s, and worked fine.

    I had them on my Junior, till I bagged a set of NOS tuners on ebay.

    I would sell my original set, but one of the winders shaves a sliver of metal
    off the gear when I turn it.

    Well at least it did until I made a few adjustments, but I haven't tried it
    on the guitar under string pressure.

    Also, I wouldn't know what they're worth.

    These are they,

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  7. oldrockfan

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    very nice looking guitar. I think it would look even better with some vintage or modern repro gibson tuners.
     
  8. astav

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    Thanks for the tip everyone. Just grabbed some Klusons from WD. BTW, Ron at WD is a super cool dude who really knows his stuff. We chatted for around 30 minutes about tuners and other stuff. He's at ext. 123 should you have a need. Refreshingly superior customer service...
     
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    I really like WD and their stuff.
     
  10. MKB

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    Man, back in the eighties you could buy guitars just like that around here all day long for $200-$300. Almost every time you'd go into a pawn shop one would be hanging on the wall, in mint condition, with flatwound strings. I REALLY wish I'd kept the 3 or 4 I bought back then. :(
     
  11. IommiSG

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    You bought a nice tuner; they should feel very smooth. When you re-string, be sure the strings aren't binding in the nut. (the most common problem related to tuning) A dab of Nutsauce in each slot, or your own homemade nut lube as I use (graphite powder mixed with the least amt. of Vasaline necessary to bind it in suspension) should make sure that you're tuning woes are over for good.

    Nice catch!
     

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