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FDP Forum / The Squier Forum / locking tuners


RV'er all over

Aug 16th, 2018 04:33 PM   Edit   Profile  

I'm going to replace the clunky tuner on my Strat Squier Bullet.
Will I still be able to custom tune,eg. drop d, open G?

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Aug 17th, 2018 07:58 AM   Edit   Profile  

You'd probably do better posting this on the "Misc. Forum," but here's my two cents:

It's easy, convenient and theoretically advantageous to pull a string straight through the vertically positioned (parallel to neck & strings) string hole in the tuner post, with little if any wrapping of the string around the tuner post. But you need a little bit of the string wrapping around the tuner post, and if you're making large tuning adjustments, even a little more. As you adjust the tuner/pitch, you want to avoid flexing the string at the point where it enters the string hole, because that is where a sharp angle / "kink" is created in the string as it enters the string hole, and repeated flexing of this sharp angle could cause the string to break at this point. I just deal with minor adjustments/normal tuning, and I position the string hole perpendicular to the neck/strings when I pull the string through. By the time I adjust the tuner/string up to its proper pitch, maybe the post turns an additional 1/4-1/2 turn further, which places the entry kink of the string far enough away from any potential tangent point where the string "leaves" the post on its way to the nut and bridge. I can't tell you how much more "wrap" you might need to allow on the string post to avoid flexing of that kink; I'm thinking probably not much. But a full wraparound or even a little more isn't going to cause tuning problems; enjoy the convenience stringing up with locking tuners. As you change strings a few times, you'll know exactly what you need.

Well, this is my assumption. Maybe someone else has something else.

(This message was last edited by 009 at 10:00 AM, Aug 17th, 2018)

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Ooo that sandwich

is gonna get et
Aug 17th, 2018 09:32 AM   Edit   Profile  

^^^ best advice I've seen re: locking tuners in a long time.

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