Left handed tuners

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

  1. mordechai


    Dec 8, 2007
    Anyone know of a place to get some cheap left handed tuners? I'm talking less than $40 cheap.

    Chrome fender style 11/16ths

  2. 96tbird

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  3. iriegnome

    iriegnome Bassstar style Supporting Member

    Nov 23, 2001
    Kenosha, WI 53140
    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


    Dec 8, 2007
    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.
  5. 96tbird

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  6. mordechai


    Dec 8, 2007
    Thanks! You've used those ones from that seller?
  7. 96tbird

    96tbird PLEASE STAND BY Supporting Member

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


    Jul 20, 2011
    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.
  9. Hi.


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

  10. How could you tell if they are reversible?
  11. 96tbird

    96tbird PLEASE STAND BY Supporting Member

    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.
  12. mordechai


    Dec 8, 2007
    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.
  13. Cougmeister


    Oct 1, 2012
  14. Rickett Customs

    Rickett Customs

    Jul 30, 2007
    Southern Maryland
    Luthier: Rickett Customs...........www.rickettcustomguitars.com
    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.
  15. 1bassleft


    Dec 21, 2012
    NW England
    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.