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1959 ES 175 question

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I'm about to restore my cousins 1959 ES 175 and I would love to put period correct tuners on it. Does anyone know what kind of tuners were used back then?

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Most photos I find show single-ring Kluson keystones. Repros of these tuners are readily available from any major parts dealer and from various mfg's. "Kluson" branded tuners from "WD Music Products" will probably be the most historically accurate.

 

http://kluson.com/vintage-stamped-steel.html

 

To confirm this, you should be able to see the footprint of the original tuners (base plate, screw holes, bushings) by looking carefully for the indentations in the wood and/or paint.

 

Depending on what replacement tuners have been installed, the peghead holes may have been reemed. This would require special adapter bushings. Only you can determine this by precise measurements off the guitar and specs of available parts.

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