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FDP Forum / Miscellaneous and Non-Fender Topics / Waverly Tuner Swap on Taylor 12 Fret

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So. Cal. USA

Aug 31st, 2018 11:39 AM   Edit   Profile  

So I drank the Waverly tuning machine cool-aid because StewMac has all tuners for 15% off. Over all there is an improvement in tuner performance however from strictly a performance point of view, lubing the stock tuners from Taylor and doing a graphite treatment to the cross drilled shaft holes provided a larger degree of improvement with the stock units. I did not get a $220 improvement IMO. The Waverly's are a bit more positive but that's about it. They do not wow me. They are by design stamped steel bodied and the stampings are not that accurate and smooth as I would have thought. Up close they look a bit cheap. The logo is not stamped extremely clear. I'm not totally dissapointed but I didn't get the expected results in tuning accuracy or appearance. Yes I'm being picky but these are expensive pieces on a $3000 guitar. I've seen better looking examples on other guitars as the OEM tuning machines. I don't think I will be ordering another set for my GC6e. IMO, these are not what they used to be if this set, gold with snakewood buttons, is a typical example. One positive point is that they come with 14 mounting screws, at least my set did, 2 more than the required 12. This gave me two matching gold screws for the truss rod cover to replace the stock antique bronze finish screws. The screws now match the tuners which is cool. They are slightly shorter than stock but long enough to work correctly.

Snakewood buttons

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El Californio

Aug 31st, 2018 12:46 PM   Edit   Profile  

I have open-gear Waverlys on a Martin OM-18V I bought used a few yrs back. Tuning stability is 1st rate but otherwise they're just nice tuners. Honestly, I couldn't tell you if they're truly any better than standard Martin tuners... or Kluson, Grover, Gotoh, Schaller...

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The man

in the shed
Aug 31st, 2018 01:13 PM   Edit   Profile  

Yeah, they're not that much better than stock, and certainly not worth what they cost.

Gotoh repros are better, IMO, and cheaper too.

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