Locking Tuners that require very little modification for 57 Custom Shop

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I am in the market for a set of locking tuners for my 2011 57 Custom. I prefer a high gear ratio. A few that i have seen are 15:1 and dont really require much modifying to the guitar but i prefer a higher 18-19-20:1 ratio locking tuner?

I dont mind having to mod my LP but i am doing this myself and i dont want something that requires to much work that i could possibly screw up.

Any recommendations? The reason for the locking tuners is simply to make string changes easier for me since i am visually impaired.

Thanks


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i have these on one of my guitar. Doesnt keep the vintage look of the tuners but theyre the higher ratio youre looking for. Gotohs look vintage but theyre 15:1

both do not require modification

 

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You will have to enlarge the peg holes for the Klusons though.
 

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The Gotohs look nice but 15:1

I wonder if i should just say screw it and go with a 15:1, Seems to be many more options. I just feel the higher gear ratio would make for a more accurate tuning and much easier to achieve that accurate tuning. The 15:1 just seems like it would be a lot more sensitive to the slightest turn.
 

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You will have to enlarge the peg holes for the Klusons though.
i didn't with the kluson revolutions, i am not keen on the look though, seem a bit 'clumsy' looking, what they do have in their favour is a very good mech and 19:1 ratio. I have been agonising over wether to put them on the new goldtop, will be a direct fit with no change to anything else. wouldn't mind a bit more accuracy as started to use sweetened tunings from Peterson, and thinking a bit more precision wouldn't hurt.
 

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i didn't with the kluson revolutions, i am not keen on the look though, seem a bit 'clumsy' looking, what they do have in their favour is a very good mech and 19:1 ratio. I have been agonising over wether to put them on the new goldtop, will be a direct fit with no change to anything else. wouldn't mind a bit more accuracy as started to use sweetened tunings from Peterson, and thinking a bit more precision wouldn't hurt.
The ones on StewMac say they need a 10 mm hole. Maybe there are other Kluson Revolutions though?
 

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ooh, let me look at were i got mine, don't want to give out conflicting info for OP.

I'm back lol, they are available in the u.k. in metric and vintage hole sizes. The only thing i had to do was reuse original screws as the ones supplied were too thin.

these are ones i bought:

 
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The ones on StewMac say they need a 10 mm hole. Maybe there are other Kluson Revolutions though?
There are two versions- one for a 10 mm hole with the screw in collar and another that fits the smaller vintage holes with press in bushings. Good luck finding the 10 mm right now- like everything else they’re in very short supply!
 

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Cool, they can be bought in both sizes. I learned something and then hopefully the OP and anyone else reading the thread buys the correct ones for their guitar then. Reaming those holes out in the hs can be a real pain (been there, done that). So can getting out the bushings nicely.
 

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Cool, they can be bought in both sizes. I learned something and then hopefully the OP and anyone else reading the thread buys the correct ones for their guitar then. Reaming those holes out in the hs can be a real pain (been there, done that). So can getting out the bushings nicely.
Yeah, i bought the wrong ones first time round lol.
 

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Yeah, i bought the wrong ones first time round lol.
I can see that though! I bet a lot of people don't realize that different types of stock tuners have a different diameter holes in the hs. See, I looked at the link above for the Klusons at Stew Mac and realized they wouldn't fit his guitar without modification and that's why I posted that warning.
 

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I guess the best way for me to do this is remove one tuner and measure the hole with calipers so that way i order the correct size. Awesome, Thanks guys!
 

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You need the ones with the smaller diameter that fits inside the press in bushings.
 

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I'm not sure why anyone needs locing tuners on a LP, or the point of having a '57 and then adding hardware not in existence anywhere near that era, but that's just me, I guess.
 

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I love the ease of string changes with locking tuners. I have them on every LP I own (mostly standards). But that’s just me.
 

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I'm not sure why anyone needs locing tuners on a LP, or the point of having a '57 and then adding hardware not in existence anywhere near that era, but that's just me, I guess.
I didn’t buy the ones I have for the ‘57, but since I have them was curious as to if they would help with sweetened tunings or not, like I say I am torn and will probably not, because they will, as you point out, totally kill the 50’s vibe.
 

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I'm not sure why anyone needs locing tuners on a LP, or the point of having a '57 and then adding hardware not in existence anywhere near that era, but that's just me, I guess.
Well if you read my post then maybe you would understand.. Just my guess though..
 


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