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What's your favorite tuner brand?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by BeeTL, Aug 6, 2012.

  1. Economy/Generic

    10 vote(s)
  2. Gotoh

    38 vote(s)
  3. Grover

    11 vote(s)
  4. Hipshot

    103 vote(s)
  5. Schaller

    34 vote(s)
  6. Sperzel

    4 vote(s)
  7. Wilkinson

    0 vote(s)
  1. BeeTL

    BeeTL Commercial User

    Sep 26, 2006
    Oldsmar, FL
    Brad Lowe, Lowe Custom Guitars
    Just curious to see if there is a consensus and to hear about people's individual experiences and preferences.

  2. sobie18


    May 5, 2002
    Shaw AFB, SC
    I leave them stock; however, if it's a 4-string bass, I add a Hipshot D-tuner. Other than that, no need to change out the machine heads unless they fail.
  3. Schpector


    Jan 31, 2012
    Macon, GA
    I use a Hardwire and it is outstandingly accurate.:bassist:
  4. NoiseNinja

    NoiseNinja Experimental-psychedelic-ambient-noise-drone Banned

    Feb 23, 2011
    I voted economy/generic.
    I don't understand the fuzz about tuners.
    I've got an Ibanez Mikro, and while everyone else seems to complain about the stock tuners I'm perfectly happy with them. They work as they are supposed to, and the bass keeps the tuning very well.
  5. FunkMetalBass


    Aug 5, 2005
    Phoenix, Arizona 85029
    Endorsing Artist: J.C. Basses
    The Gotoh Res-O-Lites are my go-to tuners now. They're certainly not cheap and they're definitely hard to find, but they're both lighter and (IMO) smoother than the Hipshot Ultralites.
  6. Voted for Hipshot, that's what's on my Birdsongs. If I could have two votes, then Gotoh would get the nod too. I have a sweet set of Gotohs on my Larivee acoustic.
  7. One of the best tuners ever is found on the early Peavey Foundation and T-20 basses. Not the Grover Titans, but the clover open-gear machines with adjustable lash. As good, if not better, than anything now or then IMO.

    Not sure who made them for Peavey (Schaller?), but have never seen them on any other brand of bass. Virtually impossible to find a used set, as well.
  8. Nick Dilley

    Nick Dilley

    Mar 25, 2012
    Can I vote Korg?

    EDIT: oh...you didn't mean THAT kind of tuner...well I'll leave this post here as a reminder to everyone of the importance of reading the post fully before replying.
  9. Bongolation


    Nov 9, 2001
    No Bogus Endorsements
    This is a tuner:


    This is a machine:


    You're welcome! Always glad to help! ;)
  10. SideshowDom


    Apr 12, 2009
    Salinas, CA
    Didn't really care until recently when i had to swap out a snapped tuner. Bought a gotoh from warmoth(since you can buy them individually) and liked it so much i replaced all the tuners and am in the process of installing them in all my basses.
  11. BeeTL

    BeeTL Commercial User

    Sep 26, 2006
    Oldsmar, FL
    Brad Lowe, Lowe Custom Guitars
    It's funny...I've been looking at guitar and bass hardware options a TON over the last three years and never came across a Gotoh brand website.

    Today I Google "Gotoh Res o Lite" and there it is.

    Go figure...:cool:
  12. EricF

    EricF Habitual User

    Sep 26, 2005
    Pasadena, CA
    Hipshot Ultralites have been my go-to machine for all of my parts projects and upgrades. Very good stuff.
  13. Thomas Kievit

    Thomas Kievit Guest

    May 19, 2012
    The titel of this topic should be changed to : What's your favorite tuningpegs? ;)
  14. BeeTL

    BeeTL Commercial User

    Sep 26, 2006
    Oldsmar, FL
    Brad Lowe, Lowe Custom Guitars
    The Gotoh GB528 does look like a lovely MACHINE.


    As does the Hipshot Ultralite:


  15. Whatever rickenbacker uses stock as of last year-Hipshots I believe. That bass barely needs tweaking after sitting for weeks.
  16. LowBSix

    LowBSix Commercial User

    Mar 25, 2008
    818 ~ 805 ~ L.A.
    Endorsing Artist: GHS Strings
    Bumble Bee Albacore in Spring Water
  17. jazz3625tonic

    jazz3625tonic Supporting Member

    Sep 28, 2003
    Gotoh's Res-O-Lite vintage tuners on my P-Bass are the very best tuner's I have ever used. They do cost $$ but man, talk about super light and super smooth!
  18. Jeff Scott

    Jeff Scott Rickenbacker guru.......... Supporting Member

    Apr 11, 2006
    Your second pic is a tuning key, this is a machine!
  19. bootsox


    Apr 28, 2012
    Biloxi, MS
    All the basses I build get either Schallers or Gotohs.
  20. Flaked Beans

    Flaked Beans

    Sep 9, 2005


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