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Gibson Les Paul bass tuners:Gotoh/Schaller?

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by NOVAX, Mar 12, 2009.


  1. NOVAX

    NOVAX

    Feb 7, 2009
    Kalifornia
    I got a hold of a 98 Gibson LP bass, completely gutted except for the strap pins. The tuner footprint appears to be Schaller,
    with the retaining screw coming off the baseplate at about 7
    o'clock. My question to y'all is: anyone got any of these (bass/tuning keys) and know for sure the make/model? The Schaller's from allparts that appear to fit are backordered for a year. I have some
    Wilkinsons that won't fit without a mod. Should I be looking for
    Gotoh instead? :D Sage advice needed. I'm hoping to NOT
    resort to the fill and drill.
     
  2. kyral210

    kyral210

    Sep 14, 2007
    Manchester
    Well, I know for a fact that Thunderbirds use Grover tuners, and my Les Paul guitar has dye cast Grover tuners, so my guess is... Grover tuners!!!
     
  3. maxschrek

    maxschrek Supporting Member

    Apr 9, 2006
    Chattanooga, TN.
    Schaller M4a.:cool:



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  4. NOVAX

    NOVAX

    Feb 7, 2009
    Kalifornia
    (in best Christopher Walken voice) "You amuse me Mister Bond"

    Anyway.... thanks for the info. Grovers did cross my mind, but the screw hole is directly
    below-as are the Gotoh's I have seen. Schaller M4a looks like a definite fit but they are
    severely backordered. Any idea where to get some? I know originally it sported black
    hardware, but I'm going with chrome......shiny.
     
  5. maxschrek

    maxschrek Supporting Member

    Apr 9, 2006
    Chattanooga, TN.
    Try bassparts resource dot com.

    also, they occasionally show up as new old stock on ebay.

    I won a set last year off the bay for $36+ shipping, so keep your eyes peeled.


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  6. NOVAX

    NOVAX

    Feb 7, 2009
    Kalifornia
    I'm at the point where I would pay twice that for the right set. A friend has the perfect NOS chrome Schaller minis, but alas they are 4 in line. The quest continues....
     
  7. NOVAX

    NOVAX

    Feb 7, 2009
    Kalifornia
    The toothpicks and the Makita are close to coming out.....c'mon guys stop me!
    I just got my Fralin Bassbuckers, and now that the finish line is in sight,
    tha anticipation is overwhelming.
     
  8. aquateen

    aquateen

    Apr 14, 2005
    maryland
    novax, can you post a pic of the back of the headstock? I may have some tuners that would fit.
     
  9. NOVAX

    NOVAX

    Feb 7, 2009
    Kalifornia
    Thanks to Max Schrek I just took delivery of the correct Schaller's. Bingo!
    Thanks to you aquateen just the same, I got them from basspartsresource.com,
    bridge should arrive soon, then I'm learning how to put up pictures.
     

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