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Took a chance on these inexpensive locking tuners due to the positive reviews. Fitting them to my strat the first thing I noticed was that the little screws provided to attach the tuners to the headstock are of poor quality; the metal is quite soft and I badly chewed up the heads of 4 out of the 6 while trying to screw them in. This wouldn't be so bad as you could always switch them for better quality screws, and when I was stringing my guitar with Ernie Ball Slinky 10's the tuners seemed to be working fine. The real problem came when I tried to fit the high E string: the tuner doesn't lock tight enough to grip the string, making it useless. 10-46 are pretty much the standard gauge for electric guitar strings, the tuners should have been designed to take that size. I don't think you can skimp when buying locking tuners, quality brands like Fender, Sperzel, and Grover are not cheap, but are probably worth it in the long run. I have fitted my stock tuners back on my Strat, unfortunately there are now six little pilot holes visible on the back of the headstock. You live and learn.
These are really low quality. They fit ok, and look the part, but the turning mechanism when tuning is jumpy and you have to turn a bit for it to engage when changing direction making them utterly infuriating. There are much better tuners available at the same price.
if I were to ad a pro, the tuning stability once you're in tune is actually good. But good luck not going into a rage trying to initially tune.
Absolutely dreadful quality. Drilled my headstock to fit them especially. When Installed and strung up, two of the locking wheels wouldn’t tighten up. They just spun as if the thread had worn out. Spend a bit more and get something reliable. They were also missing two screws and 3 of the ferrules! Utter rubbish. Returned for refund.
i got these as a cheap replacement for my scrap partscaster and i didn't expect anything special i just wanted something that would work to the minimum of standards. these failed even at that.
- the parts aren't even aligned properly to one another (by very very very small amounts almost not noticeable but there is still wiggle room after installing).
- one of the locking thumbscrews in the back just fell off and could not be reattached.
- the gears feel unreliable. does not hold tune and when i start to turn the heads to tune up it feels really "gritty".
i mean forget the gear ratio not being perfect or whatever. i never expected these to be high quality. but it's kinda unforgiveable that they plain just don't work, or barely maybe work for a little while only. save up a few more bucks and get slightly nicer tuners even for budget builds.
Realmente de mala calidad... ya de entrada, uno no fija la cuerda y el otro está pasado de rosca. La afinación va realmente mal con mucho juego sin hacer nada... giras y no reacciona al momento... realmente no lo devuelvo ya que ya están instalados y de momento me apaño usándolos para una guitarra barata de estar por casa pero no recomendaría su compra ni para este tipo de guitarras baratas.
[Update nach 8 Wochen am Ende der Rezension. Spoiler: Keinesfalls kaufen!] Beim Auspacken hatten drei der sechs Mechaniken Dreck auf der Rückseite. Es sah aus wie Klebereste und es brauchte einiges an Polieren, bis sie sauber waren. Die Stellschrauben zum Einklemmen der Saiten sind nicht gerade an ihrem Schafft angebracht und eiern beim Drehen. Das macht keinen wertigen Eindruck. Beim Stimmen der Saiten und die damit wirkende Rotation des Schaftes drehen sich die Stellschrauben lose. Das war mir vor dem Einbau nicht klar. Hätte ich die Löcher der alten Mechaniken nicht vergrößern müssen (auf 9 mm Durchmesser) würde ich die neuen wahrscheinlich gleich zurückschicken oder wegwerfen. Das ist eine große Enttäuschung und ich warte quasi darauf, dass sich eine Stellschraube beim Stimmen löst und die Saite mir um die Ohren fliegt.
Hier das Update nach 8 Wochen: Einer der Locking Tuner hat eben meine G Saite abgeschnitten. Danke für nichts. Gebt lieber ein paar Euro mehr aus, als diese Dinger zu kaufen!
The locking mechanism is a simple knob on the end of a threaded shaft that threads upward inside hollow string post to clamp onto the string. Out of the package, all 6 were tightened into the threads as far as they go. 3 of them loosened and looked fine, but the other three would NOT turn to loosen, as if the threads were welded in place. No movement with maximum finger/thumb pressure, so I tried grip pliers to get extra leverage and steadily apply more twisting force to loosen. Unfortunately, the knob simply broke off the end of the shaft. Fail! it wasn't all that much force applied either, but the knob broke off and the skinny threaded shaft stayed seized into the threads. The remaining two seized tuners did the same.
In hindsight, it might have been a good idea to try to spray some WD-40 or something into the threads, except with the knob down tight and the string hole totally blocked by the internal shaft I'm not sure there is anywhere for the WD-40 spray to go.
These tuners shipped in tightly heat-shrinked small packet. I was speculating that maybe the heat from the shrink packaging actually caused this, by overheating and melting the threads. I don't know!