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Fender Deluxe Locking Machine Heads

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1273888004355
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Set of 6, chrome finish, Fender locking tuning machines (used on the American Deluxe Series guitars).

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Gear returned in mint condition. If you're looking for a virtually new instrument in possibly less-than-perfect packaging, this is a great value.
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Gear returned in great condition, with only minor signs of use, such as slight scuffs or pick marks. It looks and plays like new and may be considered an equivalent to display units found in retail stores.
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Set of 6, chrome finish, Fender locking tuning machines (used on the American Deluxe Series guitars).

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FenderDeluxe Locking Machine Heads
 
4.8

(based on 35 reviews)

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90%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good quality (8)
  • Easy to use (5)
  • Functional (5)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Concerts (4)
  • Practicing (4)
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    • Experienced (9)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Excellent Tuners

These tuning keys dropped right in my Made in Mexico Strat without modification. Not only are they locking but they are also staggered. I did not really notice a difference in tone but they...Read complete review

These tuning keys dropped right in my Made in Mexico Strat without modification. Not only are they locking but they are also staggered. I did not really notice a difference in tone but they make changing strings a breeze. These are a must upgrade for any strat.

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Not great, but better than nothing

I wanted confidence when using my tremolo bar on my American Strat, so I installed these locking tuners. The locking tuners are not great, the locking nuts on my Ibanez/Floyd Rose systems...Read complete review

I wanted confidence when using my tremolo bar on my American Strat, so I installed these locking tuners. The locking tuners are not great, the locking nuts on my Ibanez/Floyd Rose systems keep my strings in tune even after some violent tremolo use.
These locking tuners are fine if you want to keep the standard strat nut configuration. But even a half-step down on the tremolo will cause problems.

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(68 of 82 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Excellent Tuners

By Byrd746

from Brownsville, TX

Comments about Fender Deluxe Locking Machine Heads:

These tuning keys dropped right in my Made in Mexico Strat without modification. Not only are they locking but they are also staggered. I did not really notice a difference in tone but they make changing strings a breeze. These are a must upgrade for any strat.

(14 of 14 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Worth the Investment

By Edward

from Athens, OH

Site Member

Comments about Fender Deluxe Locking Machine Heads:

I?ve replaced the tuners on my two American Standard Stratocasters with these locking machine heads. As a preforming guitarist, I like the faster string changing speed, stability and build quality they offer. Installing them is a breeze and they fit perfectly. However, no instructions are included so I would caution the novice to pay attention to the lengths of the tuning posts before installing. Three machine heads have shorter posts. These are for the 1st, 2nd and 3rd string tuners positions. The machine heads with longer posts should be placed in the reminding 4th, 5th and 6th holes. This keeps the strings angled downward past the nut and thus, minimalizes buzz. Oddly, the video Fender features on its website doesn?t address this point.

(8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

So far so good....

By ARD

from TX

Comments about Fender Deluxe Locking Machine Heads:

Quality product. Easy to install (although they don't come with any instructions for installation or use). I hadn't used locking tuners before, so I wasn't sure how to lock them down. After I got the strings wound, then I realized you have to put the string end down thru the peg hole and then tighten the thumb screw. I usually have problems w/ string ends slipping as I tune, so these should help. I put them on my Mexi-Strat to upgrade the standard equip.

(8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Very Pleased

By Dave Smith

from Richmond, VA

Comments about Fender Deluxe Locking Machine Heads:

It only took about 10 minutes to swap these into my Mexican-made Fender Standard Stratocaster. All I had to do was unscrew the old tuners to remove them, then screw these right into those same holes. The new tuners fit perfectly! Better yet, they work! I sat down and played for an hour straight and never had to stop playing to retune once. I used to have to stop and retune halfway through the middle of songs sometimes. A definite improvement over the stock tuners!

(7 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Sweet and easy upgrade

By caddis05

from Northern California

Comments about Fender Deluxe Locking Machine Heads:

Totally an easy upgrade to my MIM Fender Strat. Just dropped in without any modification needed. Love the way I can change strings in the blink of an eye. Wish there were instructions on which staggered tuner goes to which hole. No biggie as easy to figure out. Keep the orig. tuners to put back to orig. condition.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great upgrade and look good

By John K Jones

from Los Angeles, CA

Comments about Fender Deluxe Locking Machine Heads:

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!

(2 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Perfect Replacement for Stock Machine Heads

By TJ

from PA

Comments about Fender Deluxe Locking Machine Heads:

These replacement locking tuners should be standard on all Fender guitars! They replaced the stock tuning gears of my VG Strat perfectly, although I had to figure out the "staggering" scheme at first. Once that was resolved, I inserted the strings, tightened up the locking gears and tuned up w/ my tuner. After allowing about 5 minutes for the strings to stretch, I found that very little "tweaking" was needed. I did replace the strings w/ "10"s and just might go back to the "9"s which originally were installed when I got the guitar. I didn't have to play too much w/ intonation at the bridge end, either.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Worth the purchase!!!

By Stratman2008

from Texas

Comments about Fender Deluxe Locking Machine Heads:

Just put these on my Am. std. strat. Got them for christmas. Seriously amazing. Fit perfect. Thing is, on my strat, I've never made it through Texas Flood without losing my tune. Today I put those things on, and played through Hendrix, Stevie, and wailed more heavily than I ever have on my tremolo with new strings and kept tune pretty incredibly. Tune wasn't absolutely perfect, but pretty close, and believe me when I say I won't have to retune after every song with these. As soon as I can, I'm putting these on my am. tele. Last thing, I was worried these were made in Taiwan or something. These come in a red fender gearhead bag, and on the back it says, "Made in Germany". And they don't have the F logo on the back like the deluxe series, but last time I checked, logos don't keep things in tune. Get these before they make them in China or jack up the price.

(2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Fits on Tele

By John Nitz

from Sterling IL

Comments about Fender Deluxe Locking Machine Heads:

Fits right in an American Deluxe Tele. I have the Chrome and they look better than the stock that comes on the Am. Del Strat because they have a Fender "F" on them. The stagger is different from standard Tele machines, instead of 4 low profile posts, These only have 3.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

It's All Good

By Logan

from Edmond, OK

Comments about Fender Deluxe Locking Machine Heads:

I am constantly yanking the whammy bar and bending the strings to get the sound I want. I actually wanted to get the Floyd Rose solution, but thought I would try this first. These might not work for every situation, but they worked for me. You will like the 1:16 gear ratio for new stringing speed. Don't freak out about the varying sizes of shafts. Go to Schaller's website and they show every machine with a graphic showing installation, exact sizes of all the parts, etc. I would recommend them.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Tuners

By Kevin

from San Clemente CA

Comments about Fender Deluxe Locking Machine Heads:

Put these into my Mexi-Strat mainly because I wanted to be able to actually use my tremolo system without going out of tune. Not only can I now use my whammy bar without fear of going out of tune, but I my sustain is better. Just one thing to take notice of, these tuners have two heights. Tall for the lower 3 strings, and short for the top 3 strings. There's no visible difference, but when you're putting strings in, you can tell. So make sure you have the heights right so you don't have to reorder them after you already put them in.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Tuning Machine Heads

By Dre of E.R.

from South Jersey

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Pros

  • Functional
  • Good Quality
  • Improves Sound

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      Comments about Fender Deluxe Locking Machine Heads:

      Vastly superior to stock tuning heads. Great at keeping your Fender in tune. Easy installation.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Deluxe

      By monobrow666

      from St. Louis, MO

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      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Good Quality

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Fender Deluxe Locking Machine Heads:

          I bought these to replace the stock tuners on my 2006 MIM strat. Installation was super-easy, as these tuners were drop-in replacements--no drilling required. Re-stringing is much faster now, and the vintage-style tremolo is more stable.

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Good Tuning Keys - Must Drill Extra Holes for Squier Tele

          By Geochrim

          from NY, NY

          About Me Experienced

          Pros

          • Good Quality

          Cons

          • Not Easy to Install

          Best Uses

          • Concerts
          • Practicing

          Comments about Fender Deluxe Locking Machine Heads:

          I have a Squier Tele Custom and upgraded the stock tuning keys with these. So far, they look great and are a vast improvement. HOWEVER, be warned that if you have a Squier, you will probably have to drill two extra holes in the neck per key to install them properly (12 holes, total--took me about fifteen minutes). Fender didn't make these for dropping into Squiers. Unless you have a headstock that isn't very valuable or you are very good with power drills, be careful.

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Now that was easy!

          By Larry Dill

          from Puyallup WA

          Comments about Fender Deluxe Locking Machine Heads:

          This was the best $60 bucks I've ever spent on my MIM Strat. They're so easy to install. All you need is a 10mm socket wrench, take your old strings off, unscrew the retaining nut and the old tuner falls out. Put the new tuner in and tighten the new retaining net and it's done! No holes to drill, no mess, no guess. Now resting, tune and get back to playing! GC's the place to be!

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          more playing and less tuning

          By David Scheall

          from Seattle WA

          Comments about Fender Deluxe Locking Machine Heads:

          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.

          (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          WOW

          By Silvio Ruvolo

          from Carmel, NY

          Comments about Fender Deluxe Locking Machine Heads:

          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!!!!

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Tune Away Your Tuning Problems

          By Elio

          from Tampa, FL

          Comments about Fender Deluxe Locking Machine Heads:

          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!

           
          5.0

          Perfect fit, but checkout all the available finishes.

          By Doug

          from undisclosed

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          Comments about Fender Deluxe Locking Machine Heads:

          Perfect fit on my MIM Strat. I ordered the bright chrome because I thought that was the only finish available. Other finishes, like gold, black, brushed nickel, etc are available, as well. In hindsight I probably would have gone with black tuners and a black nut (if they exist) to go with my rosewood fretboard.

           
          5.0

          Great Tuners and a suggestion

          By Mike

          from Omaha, Ne

          About Me Experienced

          Pros

          • Easy To Use

          Cons

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              Comments about Fender Deluxe Locking Machine Heads:

              I would suggest that you add the size hole required to accept these tuners. I have a Peavy Predator and the hole size needed to be drilled out. It would have helped if I knew the exact size. Thanks

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