Tuning machine suggestions for a '88 Stratocaster

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  1. heavypic

    heavypic Member

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    Hey all,

    I'm looking for help/suggestions for tuning machines for a 1988 American Stratocaster. I am replacing the guitar's neck with a Warmoth '59, 9.5 radius, 25.5 scale neck that I purchased back in 2010. At the time, I asked Warmoth to drill the tuning machine holes for the stock Fender tuners which I believe are Fender Part 0990820100 (http://www.fender.com/parts/tuning-...aster-tuning-machines/0990820100.html#start=1). The stock tuners do not use set screws but instead have 2 set pins on the mounting surface of the tuner that are inserted in a pair of corresponding holes for each tuner in the back of the headstock...these pins help to align the tuners and prevent them from rotating. Tuners are secured by nuts/bushing on the front of the headstock.

    Warmoth drilled tuner machine holes that are ~.340" diameter on the front and ~.385" on the back of the headstock, but did not drill the 2 small holes for the aforementioned set pins.

    Questions:
    1) Are there other tuning machines (non-locking / vintage or modern) that will fit the aforementioned holes in the Warmoth neck? I understand I may have to drill small holes for set screws on the back of the headstock.

    2) Is there a staggered set of tuning machines that will eliminate the need for 1 or both string trees (for the D,G,B,E strings)?

    3) Would it be easier/more practical to just use the stock tuning machines and string trees from the original neck?

    I plan to keep the original neck as I was told this guitar was a special production promo guitar for Tanqueray Gin (Tanqueray green body with maple/rosewood neck). It was won by a family member in a contest/drawing and sold to me in new condition.

    Help appreciated... Regards
     
  2. Bikedude

    Bikedude Gold Supporting Member

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  3. Eagle1

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    Gotoh traditional locking tuners make several versions that fit and use one screw. This is easier to fit than drilling two locater holes.
     
  4. hudpucker

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    Hipshot also has staggered locking tuners that only need one screw. Nice and light with a good ratio (18:1).
     
  5. heavypic

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    Thanks all for the replies. I'd rather have non-locking tuners. Any other suggestions? Thanks again...
     
  6. JBid

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    Gotoh Vintage-style Oval Knob 6-In-Line Tuners

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    Thanx Blix for heads-up!;)

     
    Last edited: Feb 3, 2016
  7. Blix

    Blix Supporting Member

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    Front holes being .340 I don't thing those conversion bushings are needed. But I second Goth Klusons.
     

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