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Good tuners (as in the tuners on the headstock)?!

Discussion in 'Hardware, Setup & Repair [BG]' started by Ty McNeely, Mar 29, 2001.


  1. Ty McNeely

    Ty McNeely

    Mar 27, 2000
    TX
    Alright, I was re-stringin' mah baby with some new Ernie Balls, and I notice that my B string tuner is stripped. It still works (for the time being), but it is EXTREMELY hard to turn, as well as being stripped.

    Now, down to business...

    What is a good brand of fairly lightweight tuner? I plan on replacing all of them, but I just don't know a good brand. I don't really like the old Fender "cloverleaf" looking ones, although if that is what everybody recommends, that's what I'll end up getting. Price really isn't a factor, however it can't be anything absolutely ridiculous.

    Thanks in advance!
     
  2. Christopher

    Christopher

    Apr 28, 2000
    New York, NY
    Try Hipshot Ultralights. They seem to be the standard now amongst high-end manufacturers.
     
  3. Took the words right outta my mouth Christopher! :)

    Hipshot seems to be at least an option with most luthiers.They make all differant designs too!
     
  4. Angus

    Angus Supporting Member

    Apr 16, 2000
    Palo Alto, CA
    Yeah, definitely Hipshot Ultras. Killer.
     
  5. notduane

    notduane

    Nov 24, 2000
    Location
    Yet another vote for Ultralites. Love `em on my R/A.
    Smooth. But once tuned, they ain't goin' nowhere.

    Not cheap though. You might get a full set of 4 "normal" ones
    for $30-$40. Each Ultra's ~$18 a pop. Worth it.

    They got `em in "elephant ear" or "compact / grover" style...

    [​IMG]   [​IMG]

    (click the pics)
     
  6. Ty McNeely

    Ty McNeely

    Mar 27, 2000
    TX
    Thanks a bunch folks....it looks like I'll be going with the Hipshots. I'm hoping that I can convince mum to make this a gift, considering I'm BROKE and haven't been able to find a job (although actively seeking:()

    Another question....what can I do with the 4 tuners that AREN'T broke? It was my B string tuner that was messed up, and as far as I know the rest of them that are on my bass are fine. Could I pawn them or would they even be worth anything.

    Or would they be best "filed"?:D
     
  7. notduane

    notduane

    Nov 24, 2000
    Location
    Hmmm...Why do anything? I'm guessin' you'd be gettin' a
    "grover/compact" type for your Jazz V. Nobody'd notice the
    change lookin at it from the front. You could see the difference
    from the back, though. Besides, it'd be a good selling point
    for your "financial advisor" :D..."Yes they ARE around $20
    each, but I only need one".
     
  8. Ty McNeely

    Ty McNeely

    Mar 27, 2000
    TX


    WEEEELLLLLL.....Embellisher brought up a good point on MSN the other night....If i'm gonna be replacing *1* that I've already had trouble with, why not replace them all with something better. I'm sure that I will end up only replacing one if the 'financial advisor' won't dish out the moolah, but I would PREFER to replace them all.
     
  9. notduane

    notduane

    Nov 24, 2000
    Location
    Hmmm...I thought it might come to this [​IMG] .
    Thanx loads emb~ :D (j/k) .

    (check your private messages hunter-dude)

    You been talkin' to metalarch69 or
    ThePaste by any chance? :p
     
  10. Ty McNeely

    Ty McNeely

    Mar 27, 2000
    TX

    AHA!! Now I understand the reference to SandyClothes!:D
     
  11. notduane

    notduane

    Nov 24, 2000
    Location
    ;):D