SG Classic Tuner Replacements

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  1. spikypaddy

    spikypaddy New Member

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    Not been on here for a looooong time!

    Can anyone recommend good quality drop-in replacement tuners (bonus point if they're locking!) for the 3 on plate tuners that come standard on the SG Classic?

    Thanks!
     
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    Biddlin Well-Known Member

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    Someone will no doubt recommend some after-market lockers made from shiny pot metal,
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    but unless you like the sardine can look and you've had damage to the oem tuners, they are fine and you would do well to just learn how to wind your strings in a lock.
     
  3. skelt101

    skelt101 Active Member

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    Your SG Classic has 3 on a plate tuners? I thought they came with normal/individual tuners...
     
  4. cerebral gasket

    cerebral gasket Well-Known Member

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    SG Classics do not ship from the factory with 3 on a plate tuners. They have the Gibson Deluxe individual tuners with small white buttons. I changed mine to the snot green keystones.

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    The SG Juniors and Specials from 1961-71 had the 3 on a plate tuners.
     
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  5. Col Mustard

    Col Mustard Well-Known Member

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    Welcome back!

    Oh and to answer your question: StewMac sells Grover "Vintage Keystone" tuners
    which will fit right in the holes, and which will use the original screw holes covered
    up by the three on a plate gears someone installed on your SG Classic.

    https://www.stewmac.com/Hardware_an...s/Grover_Vintage_135_Series_3and3_Tuners.html

    I believe you can find the white button tuners as well, on this same web site.
    ...if you want the original equipment look. I like the Keystones.
    And you can find a bunch of other types too.

    >Tuners to stay away from would be Grover Rotomatics, because they are too heavy for
    an SG and will cause irritating neck dive. The same for various types of locking tuners.
    Locking tuners are unnecessary if you use the self locking method of installing strings,
    and most of them are also too heavy for an SG.

    StewMac's page gives very good specifications for all the products they sell.
    If you don't believe me about how heavy the tuners can be, just compare the weight
    given for the Grover Vintage Keystone model with anything else. The vintage keystone
    tuners are the correct weight and will not upset the balance of your guitar.
    I know this from personal experience.

    But I'm with others here, if you self lock your strings and lube your nut slots, you
    probably don't need to replace tuners.
     
  6. DrBGood

    DrBGood Well-Known Member

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    Why ?
     
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    bgfthntr New Member

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    No hole but awful
     
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    The OEM individual button tuners work fine and will not cause undue neck dive. The more mass at the headstock is the wrong thing to do IMO.
     
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    This^....If done properly, this should cure your tuning issues. Remember, always tug/stretch your strings a bit and tune up, never down.
     
  12. cerebral gasket

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