Gotoh vintage locking tuners- anyone use?

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  1. monty

    monty Member

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    Just curious, not to many reviews to be found and I just ordered a set.
     
  2. bluegrif

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    A year or so back I owned a Fender Classic Player 50s Strat that came with them and I was fairly impressed. They functioned flawlessly and retained a reasonably vintage look. From a slight distance you really wouldn't notice they weren't Klusons. If that's what you're after, they'll do the job. I think they're a fine upgrade. I have one guitar with Kluson style tuners that are a bit sloppy and I'll probably replace them with the locking Gotohs.
     
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    s come tandard on all Grosh Guitars. = They work Great!
     
  4. Drew816

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    I've got a set on a vintage ES-330 and they work great, no issues...
     
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    I had them on a Grosh I had for about 10 years. Not one problem the entire time I owned it.
     
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    I have used them many times. The only thing I do not like is the inability to really wind the string down the post for the best case nut angle. Never had a tone or tuning issue though. Great stuff!
     
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    Have them on my Tele....they are great....and look vintage.
     
  8. PeterUK

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    I used them for several years now, in particular the Height Adjustable Pole Magnum lock model (HAPM) and they are great. Probably the best tuner I've used.

    They are a bit fiddly to set up but after that, excellent tuning, fast string changes and no need for a string tree.

    Here's the ones fitted to my son's Kirchencaster:

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    We're about to change the neck on this guitar and it's also fitted with Gotoh HAPMs.

    If you intend to use them on a neck with 10mm holes, make sure you use the adaptor bushings that come with the tuners as the non-Gotoh are a little to large wher the tuning peg pokes through and they can "lift" the bushing a little.

    :) Peter
     
  9. monty

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    Thanks a bunch guys, really looking forward to getting them now.
     
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    Love 'em. Highly recommended.
     
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    I have used them on a couple of my Les Pauls. I like em.
     
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    They work fantastic!
     
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    put 'em on my cray strat - nice upgrade.
     
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    I love them, i've got the 3x3's and a 6IL set with HAPM too :)
     
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    I have the Schaller style Washburn labled Goto Lockers on all my Washburn MG's. The factory ones Washburn used are a little different from the Vintage style but they still lock the same way. Best tuners I have used so far and I love mine!
     
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    I replaced the locking tuners on my American Deluxe Ash Strat with these--they look very much like the vintage tuners and they're excellent at keeping the strings in tune. I highly recommend them!
     
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    Why not use the height adjustable ones?
     
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    I have an Yngwie strat with worn F tuners that go out of tune all time. I'm thinking of swapping them out with these Gotoh locking tuners so to avoid slippage...

    The only problem is that I'll have to drill new holes for the Gotoh's because they do not line up with the factory Fender "F" style tuner holes on the YJM strat.

    This is a stage instrument and not a collector -- should I:

    1) Use the Gotoh (SD91MG) and drill new holes?

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    2) Go with a different type of tuner (locking or non-locking) that does not require new holes?

    Opions/suggestions please.
     
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    I've heard it's better to just enlarge the holes with a tool, not sure what the proper woodworking tool is, but I've seen it recommended not to drill for some reason. Possibly not easy to get the exact tolerances with a bit.
     
  20. PeterUK

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    We fitted a set of the HAPMs to a new Tele neck yesterday and actually found an easy way to set and install them.

    The instructions are in translated Japanese and don't make too much sense, and after a lot of time fiddling my son and I discovered a quick way of setting the post heights and installing them.

    Look at this picture:

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    The tuners comprise four parts (left to right). An (1). Allen key which adjusts a grub screw you can see peeking out of the (2). body of the tuner. (3). The height adjustable post (HAP) which [the post height] is set by the grub screw and (4)., the string lock.

    What we discovered, and reviewing the "instructions" that they suggest the same thing, i.e. disassemble each tuner and:

    1. Adust the grub screw with the Allen Key to set the height
    2. Add the HAP and place in the neck
    3. Add the string lock, taking into account the gap caused by the string.
    4. Repeat and re-adjust for each tuner until the post height is staggered to your satisfaction.
    5. Note that three of the tuners are marked with a spot to indicate that they are the G, B and E tuners.
    Hopefully this helps.

    PM if you have any questions, but based on yesterday's findings I could now install HAPMs on a neck in about 20-minutes.

    Hope this helps.

    :) Peter
     

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