Lightest tuners on the market

Discussion in 'Hardware, Setup & Repair [BG]' started by BigKD, Sep 10, 2017.

  1. BigKD


    Apr 19, 2014
    Got a neck diver that happens to need some new tuners.

    I am aware of Hipshot Ultralites, so those are on my list...

    Anything even lighter yet very sturdy?
  2. /\/\3phist0

    /\/\3phist0 ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°) mmm Woody! Supporting Member

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  3. BigKD


    Apr 19, 2014
    Good question, lol. It's a 2007 Warwick Thumb. The current tuners are too small for whatever size hole they drilled, so they've been rattling around. And I think that's what led to them failing so quickly.

    I had one person suggest 3/8" tuners, but when I take the tuners off and measure a sure looks like 1/2" hole when I stick the measuring tape over it...
  4. mmbongo

    mmbongo Regular Human Bartender Supporting Member

    Aug 5, 2009
    I believe Gotoh Res O Lites are a hair lighter.

    That being said, I put Hipshots on my Warwick. They are 1000 times better than the Warwick tuners. You need 3/8" for a least that's what I put on mine.
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  5. Spidey2112


    Aug 3, 2016
    Generally, 3/8" fits 9/16th post hole and 1/2" fits 11/16th hole... these are the 1/2" USA version of the Ultralites...

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  6. /\/\3phist0

    /\/\3phist0 ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°) mmm Woody! Supporting Member

    They are 3/8 not 1/2 :)
    The schaller M4 will be lighter and probably a direct fit. Note where the screw is located
    My Dolphin. 3/8 1505097885883-207490095.jpg
    My Squier 1/2
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    Dano 3/8 hipshots.
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  7. BigKD


    Apr 19, 2014
    Yea I think that's correct based on what I'm reading. Not sure if the difference is worth it
    What year is your 'Wick?

    I know they had a period of time when they shipped tuners that were too small for the holes that they drilled, and mine (2007 LTD) falls into that camp...

    So I don't know if the holes are bigger or if they installed tuners that are smaller than regular...:(
  8. /\/\3phist0

    /\/\3phist0 ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°) mmm Woody! Supporting Member

    Mine is a 98.
    The Wick tuners are ok on mine.
  9. mmbongo

    mmbongo Regular Human Bartender Supporting Member

    Aug 5, 2009
    Mine is a 2009. All my bushings just snapped in half. W tuners are pure junk.
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  10. BigKD


    Apr 19, 2014
    So I just measured the hole at roughly 15mm, which is closer to a 9/16 post hole than 11/16. Looks like I'll be ordering 3/8" tuners.
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  11. BigKD


    Apr 19, 2014
    Price is going to be roughly the same for the gotohs or hipshots. What say ye TalkBass?
  12. mmbongo

    mmbongo Regular Human Bartender Supporting Member

    Aug 5, 2009
    I get my Hipshots from and they will be quite a good bit cheaper than the Gotoh's. Ask him for a price, tell him mmbongo from TalkBass sent you :)
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  13. BigKD


    Apr 19, 2014
    Dang I've been ordering straight off their site since their posted prices are better than anything I can find on tuners...didn't know one could wheel and deal with them as well!

    Hipshot HB6Y Ultralite Y-Key Bass Tuning Machine

    21/tuner (need black) = $105

    I can get Gotohs on Ebay for 22/tuner...
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  14. BigKD


    Apr 19, 2014
    Ended up going with the Gotohs. I need all the weight reduction I can get on this particular bass. I'll post back when I get them...
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  15. Zooberwerx

    Zooberwerx Gold Supporting Member

    Dec 21, 2002
    Virginia Beach, VA
    Please elaborate. AFAIK and IME, every Warwick I've owned has the 3/8" Gotoh GB7's (...or knockoffs). Not sure what you mean by "rattling around".

  16. Spidey2112


    Aug 3, 2016
    +2... one for Hipshots, and one for BSO!
  17. KingFace


    Aug 17, 2010
    You could put tuners made of styrofoam on a 70s Thunderbird, and it will still neck dive.
  18. JazzBass1949

    JazzBass1949 I Did That Ya I played There Ya I Did What a Blast

    Sep 21, 2009
    Southern ILLinois
    Hip$hots Ultralite The "Way To Go"!!! Get er Balanced" Dude: YOU SHOULD HAVE GOT THESE, Not The Knockoff's
  19. baileyboy1


    Apr 4, 2011
    Get the Hipshots for sure. I doubt you'll find anything better if you are looking for light tuners.
  20. Coolhandjjl

    Coolhandjjl Supporting Member

    Oct 13, 2010
    Regarding size, Bill at Hipshot can turn the bushings if the spec is too big for your headstock holes, or if what you get is too tight. He did mine for free. They actually arrived before the tuners came.
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