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Wilkinson Deluxe Kluson style tuners - fitted!


Swoop

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I was quite surprised to receive these today, I didnt expect that they would turn up until sometime in the new year, given that this is probably a busy period for the postal service, being Christmas and all of that. But they arrived in just one week.

 

Of course, I got right down to fitting them. I bought some conversion bushings from a local supplier, and in fact 4 of the 6 were a tad loose, and fell out with reasonable ease. I didn't have any glue available, and didn't much fancy venturing to the store to get any since all the stores are madness at the moment, so I simply wrapped a little masking tape around the bushings and pressed them in, and this was enough to hold them in firmly. It's probably the better option anyway, in case I want to switch back to Grovers for any reason, though I doubt I will.

 

It was then simply a case of screwing in the bottom screw, the hole lines up wit hthe existing Grover screw hole, aligning them all nicely, and drilling a new hole for the top screw, and Bob's your uncle! Done! Easy as that! I haven't got any strings at the moment, so I can't give them a proper test, but they feel very nice and smooth. The cream buttons are a little bright, but once they age a bit they'll soon match the hue of the binding etc.

 

Anyway, here are a couple of pics.

 

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Guest icantbuyafender

Hahaha!

 

I've created a die hard Wilkinson fan!

 

I am totally in love with these tuning machines.

 

Glad you got them on as easy as i did!

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I'm surprised you can see it, the pics look a bit dark on my computer. If you think that looks good, check out the whole neck. Has this interesting stripey pattern too it. Looks kinda funky, but I like it, it's a point of interest.

 

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Getting some strings this afternoon. Unfortunately the store doesn't have any of my favoured DRs in stock. No Pure Blues 10-46, no Tite-Fit 10-46, so I had to get my third choice, D'addario 10-46. I don't mind them, they're reasonably good, but I want to play the damn thing today, and the D'addarios take forever to become stable when you first fit them.

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Im an Ernie Ball Regular Nickel Rockers .10's or .11's kinda guy. But i can settle for slinkys.

 

I used to use D'Addario a while back before Ernie Ball started doing the "fresh seal" packaging.

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Nicely done Swoop !!!

I'm fixing to order a set, and see if the buttons will stain when soaked in hot (but not boiling) coffee, the way John Wayne used to stain his "six-gun" handles.(which were ivory, not plastic)

It it works, i'll order at LEAST 2 more sets.

Let y'all know if they accept stain after I try it.

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Well I strung the LP up today, and these Wilkinson tuners are indeed very smooth, and firm. No slippage here. I would most definitely buy another set, and I just might for my Casino, or maybe some metal buttoned ones. Especially at that price. $40NZ shipped.

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