Best option for National slot head tuner replacement?

doc

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I have a National El Trovador that I really like (thanks wopr!), but I'd like to upgrade the tuners. Its a 3 on a plate slot head style stock (probably inexpensive Gotoh). National offers a $70 set of tuners (that may be the same as the Stew Mac Golden Age ones, not sure). Obviously Waverly would be a consideration, but $200 for a set of tuners seems a bit much. Anything that would fit this guitar that is a direct drop in replacement that would be close to Waverly without the high price tag? Any reviews of the National or Stew Mac $70 tuners? If there isn't anything 80% as good as Waverly at half the price I may just have to bite the bullet, but hoping someone has a good solution. I thought Gotoh might have something higher end, but can't seem to find it anywhere (I did find one set, but only available in a fancy gold, which wouldn't match this guitar).
 

DRS

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I have a set of the Stew Mac slot head tuners in my Larrivee SD 50. They fit well as far as the rollers though the screw holes didn't line up. I would go for the Stew Macs myself. They work great. feel almost as good as the Waverly tuners on my daughter's Martin.
 

doc

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When you say "the screw holes didn't line up" I'm assuming you mean the screws you bolt the plates to the headstock with? Thats frustrating. If I have to drill new holes anyway, I might consider other options like the separate "not on a plate" types.
 

DRS

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Yes, the holes that the little wood screws go into. Now, I have a Larrivee that came with proprietary tuners so the holes could be non-standard. They may line up for a vintage make like national. StewMAc has pretty detailed technical dwgs.
 

doc

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Ok, I'll start measuring and compare to the Stew Mac drawings. Maybe someone else has already done this on their National and could comment. Sounds like they're probably a definite upgrade from what I have. I wonder who makes these for them?
 

bluesdj

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The Stew Mac 3-on-a-plate mounting holes do not line up with National installed tuner holes, but they work well and the 'beat-up' style look great.
 




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