Vintage style tuners for '98 American Standard Tele

pjyman

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I would like to change out the stock tuners on my Am Std tele with a vintage set. Any recommendations?
Also, will I need bushings?

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big mike

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You'll have to have bushings. The Am Std. set are a much bigger hole.
Why the change? THe Am Std. tuners work well.

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pjyman

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You'll have to have bushings. The Am Std. set are a much bigger hole.
Why the change? THe Am Std. tuners work well.

Welcome to the gear page!
The change is purely cosmetic. Every so often I get the urge to modify. Recently, I purchased the Texas Special pickups and a four way switch which I have yet to install.
 

big mike

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the texas specials are nice. the 4 way switch is interesting...never quite been my cup of tea but many love it.

If it was me I'd leave the stock tuners or upgrade to locking. The vintage are a step back in my personal opinion, but it is a look.
 

cardinal

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Gotoh makes some nifty vintage-style locking and height-adjustable tuners. I have a set on a Strat. They look cool and work great.



 

cardinal

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Not too much trouble. I assume you'll need some conversion bushings. I used some Gotoh ones that were a bit too large so had to ream the holes out a bit. This neck had never been drilled for tuners, so no issues making the new holes. Just make sure it's all straight before drilling (eg, clamp a board tknthr headstock for a straight edge, etc.).

They're easy enough to use. Maybe over complex, but if you want a staggered, locking, vintage-style tuner, this is the only option AFAIK.
 

walterw

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the stock tuners are indeed high quality, but it's the vintage style for me too; fender split-post FTW!

gotoh makes excellent ones, and yes you'll need the adapter bushings. (not big on the tricky self-locking height-adjustable ones, but they are well-made like all gotoh stuff.)
 




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