As much as I like Waverly tuners – and I do – I have tried the Gotoh SXN-510V tuners on a Martin that came with the usual closed-back tuners, and I am extraordinarily impressed. They fit together with a screw-in bushing from the front like a closed-back tuner and fit the holes for the old tuner exactly. They’re 15:1, so fine enough tuning, and don’t bind at all.
It’s much easier than a conversion to Waverly tuners even with the conversion bushings – there’s no probability of misplacing the tuner and having it bind. And the Gotohs are, as with any other open-back, vastly lighter than the closed-back tuners they replace.
- This reply was modified 1 year, 10 months ago by Matt Hayden.