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Postby JoeHempel » July 15th, 2009, 2:17 am

Just wondering on a scale of 1-10 how hard this is. They are in line like the Fenders, and I want to replace them with gold tuners, or at least gold looking ones. I would figure the hole sizes would be the same size.

http://store.guitarfetish.com/gosusmgost14.html

Those are the ones that I am looking at.

The model guitar I have is the SX SST Strat Vintage '57 from Rondo Music.

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Postby Ricochet » July 15th, 2009, 5:54 am

Be aware that the gold plating on guitar hardware is vanishingly thin. It quickly wears through with use, showing the white metal underneath. You may like that, of course.
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Postby Blue Jay » July 15th, 2009, 6:12 am

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I haven't seen the SX series yet or worked on them for myself or anyone. But I change tuners often, many over the years.

First, we look at your guitar above, and of course the link from Guitarfetish to the new gold tuners. I see, with some eye straining :lol: and from the tuners themselves that they would appear to be a direct fit. The job is not hard.

You would want to change out the bushings and all parts of course, so before you order it would be wise to remove a tuner and measure a hole in the headstock to see if it is slightly larger than 10 mm. such as a Squier Affinity or otherwise typical, modern off-shore Fender product.
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Postby JoeHempel » July 15th, 2009, 8:14 pm

Thanks guys I appreciate the advice! I hope to be doing this in the next few weeks.
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Postby TRGuitar » July 15th, 2009, 8:37 pm

Are they the sealed tuners? If so, I replaced mine with no problens, direct fit. I actually got them from another SX Strat but they are Grovers and are standard size. I bought an SX Strat with returned beer and soda cans and rebuilt the whole guitar. It is one of my favorites to play. I bought all my parts from Guitar Fetish. My guitar is the red one in BlueJay's picture.
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Postby JoeHempel » July 15th, 2009, 8:40 pm

Yeah, it's kind of my inspiration for learning this stuff. It was a really inexpensive guitar.

I think I bought the EXACT same one you did, the SX SST 57 Vintage.

They are sealed tuners. Great, I'll have to go ahead and order up!
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Postby TRGuitar » July 15th, 2009, 8:43 pm

It's an awsome guitar for $99!

http://www.guitarnoise.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=16&t=44563&start=15 Here is a link to my origional thread if anyone wants to take a look. :mrgreen: I changed the tuners, bridge, switch, jack and pots plus added strap locks. The bridge is an upgrade with an improved trem block. It was like $30 or $35 bucks but I feel it was worth it. I don't use the trem but I was looking at sustain and quality of the saddles and intonation adjustment. The Lil Killer pickup is nice too and that was like $25. The electronics upgrade kit was maybe $15. The upgrades were not expensive either. Oh, good luck with your project!
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Postby gnease » July 15th, 2009, 8:58 pm

interesting they call it "vintage" and the Grovers fit with out mods. vintage Fender guitars have press-in tuner bushings tuner that fit 11/32 in diameter headstock holes. modern tuners with the screw-in bushings (hex top visible around capstan) and require a larger 13/32 in (10 mm) diameter holes. so if you are going from a true vintage (Kluson style) to a modern, 10 mm tuner, you will need to ream the headstock holes. if you decide to go from modern (10 mm) tuners to vintage (smaller 11/32 in), GF and Stew-Mac both sell conversion press-in bushings.
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Postby TRGuitar » July 16th, 2009, 12:08 am

Yeah, the tuners aren't vintage. No press in bushings. They have the threaded one with the nut on the end. I didn't measure but I'm pretty sure they are 10mm holes. Conversion bushings and Kluson style tuners might be a cool idea though.
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