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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 10-20-2002, 03:24 AM Thread Starter
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What kind of tuners r these?

I found this on ebay, and it says it has dropped tuning pegs on it on the 2 bottom strings? What r they? Never heard of that before? What do they do? heh

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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old 10-20-2002, 04:23 AM
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Hmmm...I've never seen anything like that before. I wonder if it's something similar to a Hipshot tuner. Although, with the locking nut I would think it would render it kind of useless.
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post #3 of 6 (permalink) Old 10-20-2002, 10:20 AM
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Those look like the Steinberger gearless tuners... without a photo of the back of the headstock, i have no idea what makes them "drop tuners".

He also does not have the locking pads on his locking nut, so unless the other tuners are locking, he's essentially only got the strings locked at the bridge.
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post #4 of 6 (permalink) Old 10-21-2002, 01:11 AM
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I believe those might be banjo-style tuners with the stoppers on them (forget the brand name of those), to allow fixed twist stop points, allowing one to set up a different tuning which can be tweaked in at a moment's notice.
It's a country musician's trick originally, as I recall, putting these onto a guitar. The late Waylon Jennings always had those on his Teles' low-Es, set to stop at D.
It predates the Hipshot tuners with the levers - they strick straight out the back (if you've seen a banjo, you'll know what I mean). I guess this allows someone to use an alternate tuning at any tuner without bumping into another peg - that could be a problem with a tuner other than the low-E on a 6-in-line.
I remember a pic of another younger country player whose Tele had one on the low-E and the B strings.

... for what it's worth.
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post #5 of 6 (permalink) Old 10-21-2002, 04:32 AM
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I know that there is a D-tuna that works on a floating bridge, but surelly if you change 2 of the tuners and both are set up to drop a full tone, that will have catastrofic effects on the tuning of the other 5 strings.
Floating tremolos are not the best choice when you want to drop-D and drop-A at the flick of a switch.
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post #6 of 6 (permalink) Old 10-21-2002, 10:03 PM
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Exactly; it would have to be 'un-floated' as it were.
That guitar was probably blocked that way; helps to explain the absent lock-nut pads and such...
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