Why no locking tuners on acoustics?

Discussion in 'Acoustic Instruments' started by sfletch, Oct 19, 2008.

  1. sfletch

    sfletch Member

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    As I was restringing my acoustic about 20 minutes ago, I thought for about the thousandth time "how come nobody puts sperzels, etc. locking tuners on acoustic guitars?"


    Anybody know why nobody does this? Just curious...
     
  2. nmiller

    nmiller Drowning in lap steels Silver Supporting Member

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    Locking tuners were really invented for guitars with locking vibratos - guitars intended for ultra-flashy playing where strings are bent and detuned all the time. Even the hardest bend on an acoustic is nothing compared to the detuning effect of a superstrat vibrato, so there's really no need for locking tuners. Generally, tuning issues on acoustics can be remedied by lubricating the nut and saddle rather than changing the tuners.
     
  3. JoeNewbie

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    You must have very strong fingers if you can bend an acoustic out of tune! :)
     
  4. sfletch

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    no tuning issues, I was thinking more of breaking a string on stage, and how a slightly quicker string change might be welcome, especially for the solo performer trying to remember jokes or stories while changing a string.
     
  5. geetarman

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    The only benefit of having locking tuners on an acoustic is exactly that faster strings changes. If that appeals to you and you can find a drop-in replacement go for it no harm done as long as you don't have to drill any new holes and can re-install the original tuners.
     
  6. Snap

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    I put sperzels on my acoustic and they work great.
     
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    DaveG Gold Supporting Member

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    I put locking Schallers on my Tacoma DR16 a few years ago, and would never go back to the stock tuners. Like geetarman suggested, they were a drop-in replacement.
     
  8. KingBoneSlim

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    Becouse waverlys are really really good.
     
  9. sfletch

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    I was thinking that it might be to deal with altered tunings, needing that extra string to go down to C or whatnot, but I would think there would be enough extra string on a locking tuner...or you could just string it that way.

    I'm glad to hear a couple of people have done it.

    As for Waverlys, my current acoustic has open-back Waverly copies, I like the light weight and the look, but I'd prefer better tuners.
     
  10. pipedwho

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    This is never a problem with locking tuners unless you somehow manage to pull the string to tune before you lock the tuner. ;)
     
  11. KingBoneSlim

    KingBoneSlim Member

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    Waverly copies and waverlys are vastly different tuners.
     
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    teddys Member

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    I just dropped in a set of Planet Waves (D'Addario) into my Gibson Songbird cutaway.
    I replaced the gold Grovers, they are a direct fit, took 20 minutes or so.
    Very happy.
     
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    David Myka Gold Supporting Member

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    Says who?

    http://www.mykaguitars.com/instruments/013/default.htm

    They are lightweight and in this instance they are black.

    Waverlys are excellent tuners as well. I use these the most on my electrics and semi-hollow archtop guitars. Nickel with ebony buttons look so nice!

    ~David
     
  14. Shemp

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    Mid 90s HD 35s came from the factory with locking tuners.
     

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