19:1 Ratio Locking Tuners – Review
Sponsored by WD Music - 12/08/2014
One of the single most important things
that can be upgraded on any guitar is its tuners. A good set
of tuners provides easy restringing, and tuning stability.
With this in mine we set out to replace the tuners on a Fender
Stratocaster 50thAnniversary Deluxe.
The new set we are going to install
are a genuine Kluson set in gold,
same as the originals but with kidney shaped tuners instead
of the hexagonal ones currently on the guitar.
Why are we upgrading? Well for two reasons.
Firstly one of the original tuners locking mechanism is faulty,
and secondly the new ones offer an improved 19:1 gear ration
for quick string changes in all situations whether in the
studio or on stage.
The installation process is quite simple
as these tuners do not use screws but rather a nut and location
pins. On my guitar it’s a like for like replacement so no
drilling etc is required. On a guitar with regular tuners
the locating pins will need to be prepared on the back of
the headstock. This is left up to the customer although WD
Music did mention that they are looking to include a template
with the product to make this process easier.
Firstly remove the back plate (if you
have one) and remove the strings. Then loosen the tuner top
side nut with a 10mm spanner. Remove one tuner at a side and
set these aside.
Set in the new tuners again one at a
time, line them up with the locating pins and then tighten
the top nut. Be very careful not to over tighten the nuts
as this could cause the head to spilt.
If you’re the relic well used worn look
type restring, if like me you prefer a new shiny guitar give
the headstock a quick wipe and then restring.
Once installed, a restring is definitely
easier and faster than with the previous tuners thanks the
improved ratio, they feel tighter as well and strings are
quicker to wind on, which would be especially useful at live
performances if breaking a string.
The install process was easy and most
guitarists who can change their own strings and feel confident
wielding a 10mm spanner can tackle this upgrade.
A worthwhile upgrade
for any instrument.
By Ernest H Slade
For further information please check
the following link.
Music - http://www.wdmusic.com/