Conversion bushings for Gibson Kluson > Vintage Kluson?

bluesriffdev

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Hi all,

I'm nearly sold on the 2019/2020 Gibson SG special in Pelham Blue. I'm just about to pull the trigger, but there's one tiny thing I don't like about it... the modern Gibson Klusons. Why oh why do they put these large washer monstrosities on vintage-style instruments, when they're objectively awful anyway? So I figured I'll buy Gotoh SD90 Tuners, which have always served me well on my other guitars - and they look the business too. I don't want grovers.

My dilemma is the bushing. I've looked at these (https://www.realparts.com.au/kluson-10-5mm-adaptor-bushing-set-for-1-4-posts-nickel.html) and think they'll do the job, but can anyone who's done this confirm if this is the best way to do it? I can't find any pictures online, and I don't want to do this to still end up having visibly giant tuning post holes. As long as they look mostly vintage diameter, I'm good.

Cheers.
 

Dogbreath

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I got all of mine from Philadelphia Luthier Supply.
 

EdmundGTP

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Just hope those threaded bushings aren't cranked down so tight that they leave permanent ring indents in the face of the headstock that your conversion bushing won't cover up.
 

Dogbreath

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Philadelphia has wide shoulder bushings to cover that up.
 

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Thread high jack - I have an '04 R9. I bought the RetroSpec vintage-correct single ring, single line Kluson w/ Keystone knob tuners, under the impression that they should "pop right in" without replacement bushings.

Am I wrong?
 


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