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Kluson question

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I wondered if anyone is making 3 on plate plastic button Kluson style tuners that were on a lot of Gibsons on the day. The actually Kluson reissue ones are good but still having some tuning probs on the MM 3/4.

Riight now it has 10-52. Maybe 11s will solve the issue on this 22.5 shortie but if there were hi-end Kluson looking ones, that would also be worth a try.

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I have these Gotohs on my Clipper, and they work great.

What kinda tuning problems are you having?

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Stew Mac had some; they looked to be pretty authentic. If you can find vintage Waverly tuners, get them. They are excellent even though they are the standard 12:1 ratio. My '59 Clipper came with them and they are much better than the Klusons (deluxe?) of that era.

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I have these Gotohs on my Clipper, and they work great.

What kinda tuning problems are you having?

– Otter

I might try those Gotohs on this next MM.

Its just on G B and E and not much string bending. I have a lite touch and don't hit hard.

First will try gong form 10/13/17 to 11/14/18. That might do the trick. 11's on this short scale are like 10s on normal scale. If the problem persists then will try tuners, check tne nut, etc.

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My '59 Clipper came with them and they are much better than the Klusons (deluxe?) of that era.

the Klusons on my '68 ES-335 were terrible. seriously, the no-name 3-on-a-plate tuners on my $135 Epiphone acoustic were more accurate and held tuning better. there's a reason why everybody and their uncle used to replace them with Grover Rotomatics. i gather that the new ones are much better, and i'll probably swap the old ones out once i get her back from Curt.

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Well it sure seemed going up to 11 14 18 over 10 13 17 made the difference -- why this would matter, not sure but it sure seems to be better in holding tune. Bass strings were ok.


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