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I've heard of a locking nut such as with a Floyd Rose system and right now I have Schallers on my 70's Stratocaster reissue, but I"m not sure how locking tuners work. Are they the tuners that have the screw that you tighten on the side of them or is this something totally different.

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Locking tuners clamp down on the strings (that's how they are attached to the tuning posts).

You don't need multiple wraps around the posts either. I'm not sure what the various manufacturers suggest, about 1/4 a turn, IIRC.

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The ones on my Am Dlx have a thumbscrew on the tuning machine on the under side of the headstock that turns; it tightens a clamp or something internal to the post against the string. Fender manual shows how to thread the new strings through from different angles, and you do so and pull and hold the dead end with a bit of tension - then tighten the thumbscrew to lock the string. Then to tune it should take less then 1 rev of the post - usually a 1/2 or less.


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jmg257 wrote:
Then to tune it should take less then 1 rev of the post - usually a 1/2 or less.


That sounds good.

I don't have a guitar with locking tuners :oops:

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That sounds great. I somehow can visualize what you mean but I have to see a pic of one of how it actually clamps.

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Ahh OK - the thumbscrew pulls the post down to clamp the string against a solid sleeve/tube.

Check these out here:

http://www.musiciansfriend.com/product/ ... sku=361333

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BTW I love 'em! The Fender is much easier to string then my Gibson and Martin. You simply pull the string tight & straight, tighten the screw, cut off the dead end, and tune. Not as much coordination is required!


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They will work great for you. I also like the vintage tuners a lot :

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Do you think you'd have to redrill holes on a 70's reissue Strat to install these tuners or will all the holes be in the same place?

Also I heard you can do dive bombs and go crazy with the trem bar and it still returns to perfect pitch?

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The Fender/Schaller locking tuners will fit into the existing holes. Very easy to install. Comes with good instructions too, but you probably won't even need 'em.

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Hollis Prince wrote:
The Fender/Schaller locking tuners will fit into the existing holes. Very easy to install. Comes with good instructions too, but you probably won't even need 'em.


I already have Fender/Schaller tuners on my 70's reissue, but I was wondering if you install the (locking tuners) if they'd line right up with the original holes or if you had to redrill the holes. The (locking tuners) may be Fender/Schaller tuners also if these are the ones you were referring to but I didn't know if you were referring to the originals or the locking ones.

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jeffo46 wrote:
I have 2 MIM standard Strats and I put locking tuners on both of them. It was the best thing I ever did for them. Not only do they stay in tune, but the tuners actually improved the tone of the guitars.


Do the tuners help the trem return to tune after using the trem?

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Hollis Prince wrote:
The Fender/Schaller locking tuners will fit into the existing holes. Very easy to install. Comes with good instructions too, but you probably won't even need 'em.


And they really aren't very expensive, either.

Such a Deal.

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