Set of 6, chrome finish, Fender locking tuning machines (used on the American Deluxe Series guitars).
Reviewed by 22 customers
No matter what I did I still had problems keeping my strat in tune when I used the whammy bar. A brand new tusq nut, a Super-Vee Mag-Lok tremelo stabilizer, (don't waste your money folks), and new string trees. Nothing worked. Then I broke down and bought these. My tuning problems disappeared. Now I can whammy away all day and only have to fine tune after having used the tremelo for quite some time. Having tuning problems? Trust me, these babies will fix the problem!
They sure are purty!! n they work good.
Just went through a pretty intense Hot-Rodding of my MIM Strat. Threw these tuners on as the icing on the Cake. I've never used locking tuners before, but these are great. They seem to hold the tune very well despite HEAVY use of the whammy bar (I also replaced the bridge and the nut which helps as well). Of all of the upgrades I have done to my strat, this was by far the easiest, you could easily do it during your next string change. One thing nobody else has mentioned: there is a minor problem built into every strat/tele neck. In order to prevent excess vibrations and hold tune there needs to be a sufficient angle between the nut and where the string contacts the tuner (most guitars have a bent back headstock to create this angle). This problem doesn't typically cause issues for strings 4-6 because of how close they are to the nut. Because the angle between the 1st and 2nd strings is very small on fenders, they have installed a small widget to pull the strings down and make the angle bigger. That leaves string number 3 causing unwanted buzz every time you play it open killing your sound and sustain. (Grab your fender and play an open G if you don't believe me). These tuners sit shorter on the headstock, which effectively eliminates this problem.
I recently purchased an American Standard Strat and immediately upgraded the tuners with the Fender Deluxe Locking Machine Heads. Even with deep whammy dives on a regular basis the Strat stays in tune very well. Totally satisfied. I recommend this simple and inexpensive upgrade to anyone with a Standard. I plan on putting the stock Standard tuners in an old non-whammy Squire I have laying around.
I put these on my MIM Strat and the look and work great. As mentioned in other reviews, they don't come with instructions. I went to the fender site and got the information there. What is nice is that they are a staggered height (tallest at the low e, shortest at the high e) An easy upgrade!
The tuners purchased give the fit and function I was looking for. My only complaint was no instructions, Information regarding the difference in size would have been helpful
These tuners should come standard on all Fender guitars. Just put these tuners on my American Special FSR Stat. I was a little disapointed with the guitar not staying in tune. They are inexpensive, easy to install, look great, increase sustain, make it easy to change strings and most of all they keep your guitar in tune!!!!
These tuners were a great upgrade to my 97 American Standard Stratocaster. A perfect fit, no modification needed. They are better than the originals mainly because of the wider gearing ratio (16:1). Due to the lack of information, I did not notice at first that they have some staggering - 3 are taller (for the lower strings) and 3 shorter (for the highs). Depending on your taste, the staggering alone may be enough for the string angulation at the headstock. So, no need for a string guide. I kept mine just for aesthetics, BTW. As mentioned here before, some instructions with these would be nice.
This is what I needed. If you do a lot of string bending, these were a great help to me. Put them on my standard Strat along with a re-issue 1962 Strat bridge. It made quite the difference in the way it plays.
I am very impressed with these tuning machines. I have installed them on two american standard and one mim strat and they were direct replacements for the fender ping tuners that came with the each guitar new. I did this during a string change replacing one machine at a time with each new string. Now string changes take about 3-5 mins for the whole guitar. Tuning stability is immeasurably improved no matter how hard you play or use the tremolo bar. Keep the tall machines on the Low E, A and D strings, short machines are for the G, B and high E strings. Be sure to follow Fenders recommended use of these tuners as follows: Locking tuning keys. Picture the headcap of the neck as the face of a clock, with the top being 12:00 and the nut being 6:00. Line the six tuning machines so that the first string keyhole is set at 1:00, the second at 2:00, the third and fourth at 3:00, the fifth at 4:00, and the sixth at 5:00. Pull the strings through tautly and tighten the thumb wheel, locking the string in. Now tune to pitch.
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