Good replacement tuners for Les Paul?

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  1. jeffinaustin

    jeffinaustin Supporting Member

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    My LP will not stay in tune! I've had it set up recently with the Buzz Feiten system and it still won't. My guess is the stock tuners (it's a '93). Any input on good replacements?
     
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    I don't think the tuners are the source of your tuning issues. Even cheap crappy tuners should hold tuning with a properly lubed and cut nut. Try some graphite powder and or vaseline in the nut slots or Big Bends Nut Sauce. Make sure the nut has been properly cut as well.
     
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    tonepros locking ones if you want to keep the vintage look. have you checked the nut because gibson have fitted some right old crap over the years?
     
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    supergenius365 Silver Supporting Member

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    YES!

    Also, slightly tightening the screws on the tuner buttons will help a bit. I have a PRS Mira that would not stay in tune. It is now back in the shop to check the nut, but snugging up the buttons definitely helped.
     
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    Are they "Gibson Deluxe" tuners? If so, those are probably Shcallers and have the 2 piece crimped on back. The can and often get loos and the gears will slip. I would go ahead and replace them with some quality tuners; Gotoh, Grover, or the TP's. Make sure the nut doesn't have issues and that you bridge and tailpice are rigid and you should be in business.
     
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    That's the type they are. I'm taking it to my set up guy this weekend and have him recut the nut a bit but think I'll replace the machines as well. Can't hurt!

    Thanks guys.
     
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    Had the same issue with my Les Paul Studio. I had a bone nut installed and have had no issues since.
     

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