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I swapped the single-rings for a set of double ring Kluson keystones from ThroBack.  Kept the original bushings and screws as there's no difference there.  Just a cosmetic thing but I've always preferred the look of the double rings.....and black screws on the t-rod cover for a 'blacked-out' headstock.  If I'm not mistaken the only Gibson acoustic that sported double rings from the factory was the J-160E in the early to late 60s.  They were used on many electric models in the same time period.

Also slapped on a set of Martin Retro monels and they do sound very good over the maple body.  I liked them on a J-45 I used to own..........figured they're worth a listen on this one.

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6 hours ago, gearbasher said:

I like the Keystones, they just say "Gibson". But, there seems to be no love for them. Except you and me, I guess.

They stripped right off for me and many others, two, maybe 3 or 4 gigs in.  Grovers went on back then, still do for some of us.

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6 hours ago, gearbasher said:

I like the Keystones, they just say "Gibson". But, there seems to be no love for them. Except you and me, I guess.

I’m with you 100%, love the Keystones, detest Grovers, that seem to come on too many Gibson’s. 

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If I recall the 1960 Hummingbird also sported Kluson Deluxe tuners with Tulip buttons.  The double ring Tulip buttons begin appearing in 1964.

The most radical change in tuner buttons I have ever gone with is to switch from white to back.  While admittedly Tulip buttons would not be my first choice other than on an instrument which originally sported them, I agree that the double ring style is the more pleasing to the eye.

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There was no intention here to claim keystones are better than some other machine head.............just a change in cosmetics to personal preference.  Grovers have been a big player for decades and are as good as anything else out there.  They are heavy relative to keystones and often make an instrument head heavy which can make a guitar feel weird to some...........including me.  Can't recall ever having a tuner fail on any guitar I've owned though I'm sure it happens.

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8 minutes ago, Buc McMaster said:

There was no intention here to claim keystones are better than some other machine head.............just a change in cosmetics to personal preference.  Grovers have been a big player for decades and are as good as anything else out there.  They are heavy relative to keystones and often make an instrument head heavy which can make a guitar feel weird to some...........including me.  Can't recall ever having a tuner fail on any guitar I've owned though I'm sure it happens.

While I have never had a set of tuners "fail" they can get worn enough where they loosen up to the point you will hear them rattle.  I have that with the Waverly tuners on my '32 L1 when I first pull the guitar from its case causing me to have to putz around to get them in that sweet spot where the noise stops.

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