Brass tuners- do thet exist?

Discussion in 'Hardware, Setup & Repair [BG]' started by bassteban, Jul 29, 2009.

  1. Not gold, not chrome-plated. Brass. I've seem them on DBs of course, & recall seeing lots of brass parts(bridges, nuts)on 70s basses, particularly Alembics. I'm slowly amassing parts for a P-clone rebuild/mod project, and want all brass hardware. I just snagged an old Mighty Mite bridge & brass nuts are pretty common, but not so much on tuners. I'll go gold if I have to, but thought I'd tap the collective mind here first. :)
  2. Steveaux

    Steveaux Safe-Guardian of the Stoopid Supporting Member

    Jul 1, 2008
    The Wilds of NW Pa.
    Brass would be too soft for the stresses under which tuners work.

    Bronze would work, but not brass.

    I don't doubt that someone has tried it, but the lack of availability tells the story.
  3. walterw

    walterw Supportive Fender Commercial User

    Feb 20, 2009

    also, those would make for some heavy tuners, making neck dive an issue.
  4. Bruce Johnson

    Bruce Johnson Gold Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 4, 2011
    Fillmore, CA
    Professional Luthier
    Most of the older style open gear tuners are made from brass, which is then nickel or chrome plated. If you want them to look like bare brass, you can take the parts to any plating company, and they can strip them for you.

    But, then what are you going to do? Bare brass will tarnish and corrode quite quickly unless you either coat it with some kind of clear poly or lacquer or keep it constantly polished and waxed. Either one of those things is problematic on small machine parts like a tuner.

    Are you specifically looking for that old brownish tarnished brass look? That's what bare brass will look like very quickly.
  5. fhm555

    fhm555 So FOS my eyes are brown

    Feb 16, 2011