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I have used these Fender locking tuners in the past and found them very useful.
Although I have not used this specific set yet, I was very surprised to have them arrive extremely greasy and dirty. I spent a good 30 minutes rubbing them down with really thick microfibre cloths. Only for them to have black streaks left over.
It was like they spent a day in a mechanic's hands after changing very old and dark motor oil in a beat up and abandoned old car.
Further, it appeared the packaging was very old, had been handled quite a bit, or could have even been opened. Or possibly even a returned order.
Overall, not satisfied. I don't think I will use the same merchant again.
There are so many “strats” out there, be sure you measure carefully. I had to drill larger holes, because the strat I was working on was an old Harmony. I didn’t mind the drilling, but if you don’t want to do that, just be mindful. Next, I am sure I don’t understand the concept, and I’m sure I’m not using them correctly, but, huh? I have to retune each time, after tightening them down each time. You get a faint “F” on the back, and if that means something to you, go for it. But, totally not worth it.
The tuners come with 3 sizes, indicated by small lines on the base of the tuner. You should have all 3 sizes in your set. My set only came with 5 #3 sizes and 2 #2 sizes. I couldn't use it as the low E was too tall for my strat (this should be #1 size).
These came with 2 different lenth tuners. Three of them were normal height, three of them we're sticking up JUST enough where I could get the strings through the string holes. Don't know what's up with that. Currently running three locking tuners and three regular tuning machines.
Installed these about a month ago and haven’t had any issues until today. Tightened the knob cause it was slowly loosening and when I did it sheared right off. Nothing a little super glue can’t fix I guess but pretty unfortunate for a pair of $67 tuners.
The pegs that work are great. Install was easy and the strings hold tune very well. After eating through three high E strings, however, I figured out that the hole the string feeds through came with metal burrs on both sides of the tuner. Might as well be a sawblade. Very disappointing.