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Left handed tuners

Discussion in 'Hardware, Setup & Repair [BG]' started by mordechai, Aug 25, 2011.


  1. mordechai

    mordechai Supporting Member

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    Anyone know of a place to get some cheap left handed tuners? I'm talking less than $40 cheap.

    Chrome fender style 11/16ths

    Thanks
    Mordechai
     
  2. 96tbird

    96tbird This Indian movie is really boring man.

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  3. iriegnome

    iriegnome Bassstar style Supporting Member

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    Buy a 4 string bass from Rondo music, pull the tuners and part out the rest of the bass! Probably end up making you full money back!
    Or do the same thing, but on E-bay
     
  4. mordechai

    mordechai Supporting Member

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    I wish I could afford to do that!

    All I can find on eBay are the gotoh style tuners. I mean all the left handed fender clones must be getting their tuners somewhere, right?

    I'm doing a build with a reverse headstock because I got the neck cheap, looks like I'm going to lose the savings in shelling out more than I wanted to for tuners. Now I see why southpaws often feel rage at whats available.
     
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  6. 96tbird

    96tbird This Indian movie is really boring man.

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  7. mordechai

    mordechai Supporting Member

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    Thanks! You've used those ones from that seller?
     
  8. 96tbird

    96tbird This Indian movie is really boring man.

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    I have a set in my hands that I took off my Squier jazz. Identical. They work fine.
     
  9. _chrispy

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    If you are buying open back tuners you can quite often buy right handed ones dismantle and reassemble the stems up the other way making them left handed... Hope that makes sense.
     
  10. T-Bird

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    Hi.

    ^This.

    One does have to know what to look for when looking at the tuner though, so some knowledge is needed.

    Regards
    Sam
     
  11. ReverseFender94

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    How could you tell if they are reversible?
     
  12. 96tbird

    96tbird This Indian movie is really boring man.

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    Open gear tuners that have plates that are bent into U shape that act as the key bearings seem to be reversible. All that I have had in my hands any way. Schaller, Gotoh, etc. are . As are the ones on eBay I showed in a previous post, Mighty Mites are. Most that have welded on bearing blocks (Hipshot for sure are not) or cast body (the set I have) are likely non reversible. Hope this helps.
     
  13. mordechai

    mordechai Supporting Member

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    Very helpful! I ended up getting a set from a fellow tb'er. Stamped schaller licensed. The problem is a lot of the eBay stores selling cheaper tuners don't really photograph the parts you need to see.
     
  14. Cougmeister

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    Unfortunately, there's no such thing as "left handed" tuners, just "bass side" and "treble side" (from a right handed bass's perspective).

    But yes, many companies do make them reversible.
     
  17. 1bassleft

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    Apart from the ones already suggested, Wilkinson tuners are reversible. Even the ones coming from China don't seem too bad for little money. I have a couple of Vintage necks (VST96 'ray copy and a Vintage Icon V4 P Bass) and I'm assuming they have Chinese Wilkinson tuners. They're decent, serviceable and hold the tune a heap better than an OLP's stock. About on a par with the Squier VM.
     

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