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goaty76

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I am having an early Gibson Style R restored and it is in need of the tuners for the harp part of the guitar.  Right now there are some poorly fitted banjo tuners in it which are pretty much impossible to use and look terrible.  Any thought of what I should use?  I would love to find originals but there is a pretty good chance that won't happen.  Let me know if anyone knows of any?  I appreciate any help I can get.  Oh, the good news is I only need six.


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Phil


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The only solution I see is having the original tuner remade by a machinist, they are not to hard to do with a steel-mil and some simple tools. I, or another member of the group can send you the PDF with all the exact measures.
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If you have the measurements I would love to get it.  I never had anything machined for me before but it sounds like a good idea that I'll look into. 

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Ok.  Let me know your opinions if you think these could work.  I am considering the Steinberger Gearless Tuners listed here http://www.stewmac.com/shop/Tuners/Guitar,_solid_peghead_tuners/Steinberger_Gearless_Tuners.html.  At first I thought they would not work with the string gauges for a Gibson Harp guitar but them I saw the listing at harpguitarmusic.com for the lighter D'Addario set.  Would these work?

Phil

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I rebuilt an R several years ago partly shown here..

http://harpguitars.websitetoolbox.com/post/Gibson-Harp-Guitar-2814576?highlight=1906+gibson

I had to replace both necks so I was able to make room for "Peged"  tuners. I tried several bass setups and settled on the following, starting from D... 42, 45, 50, 53, 58, 62. These gauges produce a very pleasing tone to me and they are light enough to use Steinberg tuners (check with Stewmac first to be sure). 

Michael

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Ok, next question is should I go for black or chrome?  The front of the guitar is black if it makes a difference.

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I like chrome. They would be easier to see. Plus you can use a black marker on each one with what note it is . Mine are all black so I had to memorize them 
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I like chrome. They would be easier to see. Plus you can use a black marker on each one with what note it is . Mine are all black so I had to memorize them 
Michael

What a neat idea! The simple things can be darn effective even if they are not usually the ones that immediately pop up in your head. This is ludicrously simple.

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You could always "cheat" and use a " p-touch" type labeler to print the corresponding letter name and place on the tuner. Looks neater and wouldn't matter what color the tuner button is. You can also change out all the time if you routinely alter your favored "base-line"  (or "Bass-line" in this case...)tuning... Or you could do a corresponding number and not have to change note names as frequently -but could readily grab the correct string's tuner on the fly...  I'm sure you could find in a stationery/office supply numbered pre-printed stickers as well.  They have nice decorative little ones I have placed strategically in the past for missing fret markers etc... Really- only the player sees these close up anyways...
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