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Tuning Gear replacement reco. sought

Discussion in 'Hardware, Setup & Repair [BG]' started by c-ba55, Jan 16, 2003.

  1. I want to replace the tuning gears on my MIM Fender Jazz fretless. It played great and sounded great acoustically when I bought it. I replaced the electronics, and now it sounds great amplified. But it slips out of tune fairly fast. I know it's a delicate thing replacing tuning gears because of the impact their weight has on balance and dead spots and whatnot. I don't want to mess with any of that; I just want the thing to stay in tune better. What should I get?
  2. Benjamin Strange

    Benjamin Strange Commercial User

    Dec 25, 2002
    New Orleans, LA
    Owner / Tech: Strange Guitarworks
    Go with Sperzel locking tuners. They hold their tune well, and cuts restringing time in half.
  3. HeavyDuty

    HeavyDuty Supporting Curmudgeon Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    Jun 26, 2000
    Suburban Chicago, IL
    Your MIM has large holes, right? Why not try for a set of used MIA clamshells - they seem to pop up from people that have gone to lightweights (like Hipshots).