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FDP Forum / Fender Guitars: Stratocasters / Fender Strat Squier Bullet made in Indonesia

Fairchase

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Aug 18th, 2018 05:14 PM   Edit   Profile  

I'm wantin to change the clunky tuner. Which locking tuners should I use, Fender, Grovers, etc.? Which will be easiest to install?

Leftee
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Aug 18th, 2018 05:18 PM   Edit   Profile  

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009
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Aug 19th, 2018 05:36 AM   Edit   Profile  

Tuners that “drop in” and use the exact same holes — the same size main post/shaft hole and location of the screw hole(s) on the back of the neck — are what you are looking for. I personally haven’t done this on a Squier, but the odds are that someone here has. You may have to search the Internet.... But there are different tuners for different Squiers. If you can post a photo of yours, or a link to a web seller of the specific tuners that are on your guitar, that would help a lot.

OK, sorry. I see you have a Strat....

(This message was last edited by 009 at 07:49 AM, Aug 19th, 2018)

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Aug 19th, 2018 05:43 AM   Edit   Profile  

Well, here’s some info. Just read, watch a couple of videos....

Google search results: locking tuners for Squier strat

(This message was last edited by 009 at 07:44 AM, Aug 19th, 2018)

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Sep 19th, 2018 04:40 PM   Edit   Profile  

I bought a used Squier strat that still had the plastic on the pickguard. Would not stay in tune. Replaced the tuners with vintage style (bought online from Asia) and installed roller string trees. Tweaked the setup and BAM! In tune. Only difficulty with the whole setup was the time it took to ream out the tuner peg holes. About $45 CDN for parts.

Te 52

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Sep 20th, 2018 10:59 AM   Edit   Profile  

Mountie, I'm glad you solved your problem, but it can't be said often enough: when a guitar won't stay in tune, it is almost *never* the tuners.

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Sep 20th, 2018 11:27 AM   Edit   Profile  

I agree. Tuners don't "slip" like a lot of players think they do. The 'aftermarket market' bears a lot of the blame for this misconception because I've seen Grover, Sperzel, Schaller, and others with ad copy such as, "replace your worn, slipping tuners with our blah blah yadda yadda."

The string windings might be slipping around the tuners' posts, but even the cheapest geared tuners don't slip unless they're physically damaged.

(This message was last edited by Peegoo at 01:30 PM, Sep 20th, 2018)

Te 52

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Sep 20th, 2018 03:00 PM   Edit   Profile  

^+1

Should add that we're talking about worm-and-wheel type guitar tuners. Straight through friction tuners and banjo-style planetary tuners can and do slip, but that's a whole 'nother subject.

There are advantages to higher-end tuners, such as smoother operation, higher ratio, superior materials, better-looking, etc., but even with low-end tuners, the "output can't drive the input."

(This message was last edited by Te 52 at 05:05 PM, Sep 20th, 2018)

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Oct 9th, 2018 04:05 PM   Edit   Profile  

OK, so it wasn't the cheap tuners being replaced by cheap tuners that solved the problem? Adjusting saddles improves intonation, so I did that. Trem adjusted and fanned out the three springs. Crappy string trees replaced with roller trees.
The tuners worked for me. Your observations may vary.

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