AmDlx locking tuners---replace with vintage style---Anyone?

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  1. jazzrat

    jazzrat Member

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    I generally prefer the weight and look of vintage tuners.
    I'm considering putting some on my AmDlx. strat.
    I can tell right away that the washers on top are way bigger so the footprint
    of those might show after the install.
    Anyone done this?
    thanks
     
  2. moosewayne

    moosewayne Member

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    Check if Schaller makes a vintage style tuner.
     
  3. John C

    John C Supporting Member

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    There are a few things that make installing vintage tuners on a headstock drilled for modern tuners a bit more difficult. Modern tuners have (as you have noticed) a larger post and require a larger hole in the headstock and have the large hex bolt and washer that hold the tuner in from the top of the headstock. Vintage tuners have a separate metal bushing that is pushed into the hole from the top of the headstock and are held in place only by the screws on the back of the headstock - and a smaller hole is drilled in the headstock for the tuners.

    However, there are conversion bushings available that essentially fill up the larger hole drilled for modern tuners; they don't come with the vintage tuners but they are available at places like Stew-Mac, etc. You would just need the ones that fit the holes on the neck of your Strat:

    http://www.stewmac.com/shop/Tuners/...s.html?actn=100101&xst=1&xsr=0648&tgtiid=3456

    I also believe that the vintage tuners should cover the guide holes drilled on the back of the headstock for the Fender/Schaller locking tuners, but you will of course have to drill new holes for the retaining screws on the vintage tuners. I've never done this but I have seen photos and I believe that is the case. Worst-case scenario is some small "dimple" holes for the Fender/Schaller tuners' guide pins might be visible.
     
  4. Devin

    Devin Low Voltage Supporting Member

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    you might be better off selling the neck and replacing the whole thing... maybe
     

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