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Jazz 5 hide G string tuner

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by DonaldR, Nov 26, 2017.

  1. DonaldR


    Mar 26, 2012

    I really like my Jazz 5 (4+1 tuners) but I think the G string tuner looks kind of weird and out of proportion compared to a Jazz 4. So is there any tuner that will hide the G string clover tuner and make my Jazz 5 looks like a Jazz 4?
  2. two fingers

    two fingers Opinionated blowhard. But not mad about it. Gold Supporting Member

    Feb 7, 2005
    Eastern NC USA
    You shouldn't be able to see it from youur playing angle. And I assure you nobody else in the entire room cares.....at all....none.....zero.

    Even OCD audience members don't care. Even people allergic to odd numbers don't care. Even that guy whose father died trying to teach him to add 4+1 doesn't care.

    So, if you can't see it while you're on stage, and nobody else cares, I would let it go.

    But, good luck with your sesrch.
  3. DonaldR


    Mar 26, 2012
  4. DonaldR


    Mar 26, 2012
    But me I care!!!! And I see it on the rack and everytime I get my Jazz 5 out of the case :(
    Also it would fit better in my gigbag, so that's not nothing ;)
  5. DWBass

    DWBass The Funkfather

    Trade it in for an older 5 inline jazz. They don't make 'hidden' tuners.
  6. HaphAsSard


    Dec 1, 2013
    Hm. Let's see. Perhaps, a tuner with an extra-long post, mounted through a shallow wooden cylinder glued to the back of the headstock to allow for the button, installed so that it's behind the HS as opposed to being visible at its edge as usual, to turn freely. The button itself should be small, as in guitar-syle or a little larger. The only part visible from the front would be the tuning post, which on 4+1 headstocks is around where the coin-shaped string tree is on a 4-banger anyway.
    Of course, you'd need to source, make or have someone make such an extra-long-post tuner.
    Last edited: Nov 27, 2017
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  7. lz4005


    Oct 22, 2013
    If it's chrome, switch it out for black and only stand in front of dark colored backgrounds.

    Or get out your router and move it behind the bridge.
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  8. ahc


    Jul 31, 2009
    No. Virginia
    Get a headless bass? No headstock, no tuners to worry about.
  9. Bodeanly


    Mar 20, 2015
    1. Remove G string and its tuner.
    2. Put sticker over hole.
    3. Play your bass.
    Dr_Feelgoood212 and lz4005 like this.
  10. RattleSnack


    Sep 22, 2011
    How about moving D string tuner next to G? I always thought that 3+2 headstock looks better than 4+1.
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  11. tlc1976


    Aug 2, 2016

    Invisibility cloak

    Grind down the tuner key into a hex. Remount the key so it protrudes behind the headstock. Use an offset nut driver to turn it. This is assuming there's even room for that. I'm at lunch at work, no bass here. Hence why I can see Youtube.
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  12. mdogs

    mdogs Supporting Member

    Apr 13, 2010
    Constant state of flux
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  13. DonaldR


    Mar 26, 2012
    I really like TB humor this Monday :laugh:
    I was thinking of something similar to what drummer are using to tune drum heads. Or maybe only the tuning post where I can insert an allen key.
  14. bradd


    Jan 27, 2008
    Minneapolis, MN
    Banjo tuner.
  15. MD-BassPlayer

    MD-BassPlayer Gold Supporting Member Supporting Member

    Jun 19, 2003
    You could have someone weld the bolt part of a drum head bolt onto a cut down bass tuner. But if you ever forget the tuning key, you wouldn’t be able to tune the bass.
  16. 73jbass

    73jbass Supporting Member

    Apr 17, 2004
    Me thinks you are worried about the wrong thing.
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  17. I’m curious if someone could design a tuner where you could just remove the knob from the tuner machine and attach it to the back of the headstock or something. I’ve had a few 4+1 headstock basses and it’s not my favorite look but also not something I care that much about.
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  18. MD-BassPlayer

    MD-BassPlayer Gold Supporting Member Supporting Member

    Jun 19, 2003
    Doesn’t mononeon put a sock over his headstock? That would cover the tuner.
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  19. bwoodman

    bwoodman Supporting Member

    Good idear - I didn't like the inline 5 tuners in the past, but it's actually a cool look - and they're usually the mini-style 5 tuners inline - a clean look.
  20. bwoodman

    bwoodman Supporting Member

    I dig the Lakland 3+2 headstock.
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